Saturday, November 13, 2004

Now for some heavy metalloid music

"Canada's Simply Saucer
may be the single greatest
1970's band to have
influenced absolutely no one..."
- Jay Hinman

Before I even start talking about Simply Saucer, who has the new 1.0 version of Mozilla Firefox? It’s brilliant isn’t it? I know I’m never going back to Internet explorer…Anyway. Music! Described as a combination of early ‘70s pre-punk (Velvet Underground, Stooges, Modern Lovers), Krautrock (Can, Neu) and UK psyche (Hawkwind, Syd Barrett), Simply Saucer were born in 1973, with Edgar Breau on lead guitar and vocals, Kevin Christoff on bass, Neil DeMerchant on drums, and Ping Romany on electronics. They wrote songs about cyborgs and metalloid bodies while making ample use of loopy sound generators – in addition to their potent guitar playing and frantic garage rock sound, which often drew comparisons to Count Five. But although proud of their musical heritage (“Oh What a fantastic movement I’m in/ What a fantastic scene I’m in”) they were also more than a sum of their influences. I’ve mentioned the sci fi element in their music already, but this was very much distinctive then and even now. They combined heavy guitar surges with electronic noodlings to create a space rock sound that along with their lyrical style preordained an almost dystopian future – a least a future with robots. Godammit, where are the robots?

So why didn’t they make it? Well, the band are probably the best people to answer that question, and they summed up the problem in an interview long after disbanding: “We were so isolated... there was no direction, there was no guidance, there was no good criticism of what we were doing. If somebody could've pointed us in a direction we would've taken off, but being here in Hamilton was wasted in a way, because nobody was into the Stooges at all, or Syd Barrett - we were basically playing for ourselves. Y'know it was like I was doing headstands to get a reaction from the crowd." So, they were hardly noticed outside their hometown, and that, coupled with the fact that their album never really saw an official release until in the 80’s meant that they never really had a chance of making it – a travesty, only really understood after the tireless campaigning of Chris Stigliano of Black To Comm magazine (formerly Pfudd!) in his work.

Originally available only as a limited run LP, the album has been hailed by both Forced Exposure and Alternative Press as "the best Canadian LP ever." The newly remastered, expanded reissue is the first genuine re-release of this material in more than a decade.

Simply Saucer - Nazi Apocalypse

Nazi Apocalypse is a howling, and heavily disturbing comic punk rocker ("I'm cyanide over you . . . Eva, Eva Braun / Bye bye baby so long"). Enjoy (you're in for a treat), but remember to buy the album - If you like what you hear, obviously.


At 4:28 pm, Blogger Spoilt Victorian Child said...

Bloody hell this is good,
never heard of them before....
Gotta get me the album....
How much fuzz and distorted instruments can you fit on one record...
Bloody hell this is good (again)...
bet thing i've heard in ages.
Thanks so much for this.


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