Tuesday, November 29, 2005


I've gotta keep it brief tonight:

The Volcano Suns were formed by Mission of Burma drummer Peter Prescott and went through various line-up changes and skints on Homestead, SST and Quarterstick during the eighties. Their debut album, Bright Orange Years, was released on Homestead in 1985 and is generally regarded as their finest work. The album itself is a messy sprawl of lo-fi noise, spliced up guitars and tuneful - if not slightly over the top - shouty/souring vocals. Vinyl Mine and 'Buked & Scorned (both far superior to this sorry excuse for a music blog) have already written a more definitive history of the band than I could ever hope to do though; I geniunely had no idea that William Oldham was fan; then again, they do have a ramshackle Chavez vibe about them, so it doesn't come to that much of a suprise.

It's band like this that prompt me to ask that tired old question: Why are music critics are still disparaging of the eighties? It has become more and more convient to write this decade off as a medieval period for music, but labels like Homestead, SST Records; and the music being re-released from this period is becoming increasingly difficult to supress. It's only a matter of time before a writer manages to build on the work of Azerrad in Our Band Could Change Your Life. I'm clearly not the person to do this, but bands like the Volcano Suns are certainly worthy of revisiting - or at least re-issuing. Is it "Pigfuck" music? I'd be more inclined to agree that this term is far too wide from the mark when discussing bands. That's just say that we all like music with a little mud in it.

Vocano Suns - Balancing Act

Saturday, November 26, 2005

That muffled sound …

If you don't own some of the pre Loveless My Bloody Valentine EP's you're doing yourself I great disservice. Alright, they might be harder to get hold of; but come on people, that's the point! Their 1988's 'You Made Me Realize' is one of four issued after "Isn't Anything" and before Loveless came out in 1991. You could call this one their mission statement. On this release they transformed from lightwight sixties noise mongers to sonic distortionists. These recordings were on a level with anything that Sonic Youth were recording at the time - If you want some context, I know there is a world of difference between these bands.

My Bloody Valentine were almost willing you to be a part of the experience. The textured guitar sounds, softly spoken vocals, other wordly disortionate sounds and effects; All this STILL sounds alien to me. The atmosphere they create on 'You Made Me Realize' for example is so powerful that you still feel transformed into another world when you hear it again - even after a long absence. Sure, their music is challenging; and not everybody wants to be challenged: but ultimately, that's why they were so good. They needed to turn music on it's head. Then again, if you're still with me, you most probably know all this.

My Bloody Valentine - Thorn

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here to view there website. The old reviews are particularly worth looking at - The NME employed writers once upon a time, honest.

Monday, November 21, 2005

I'm back!

Artwork courtesy of Ben Haggar. Ben also writes on Stereo Sanctity More information about the gig can be found below below.

Right, I think i'm back now. Instead of explaining why I haven't been posting for a while I thought i'd just get right back in the thick of it with some music - Incidentally, both of these bands played at the Cabaret on Thursday as part of Damn You! extravaganza. Younogodie are from Derby. They have a sampler out at the moment and they're website hints at a possible full-length in the not too distant future. I really hope they do manage to get it out soon, because they were awesome the other night. Martin, Chris, Baz, Nav play an intelligent uptempo mix of garage/punk rock which is definitely in the same vain as Dischord bands of old. They have track on the new Stressed Records compilation which also includes tracks by other Derby bands such Plans & Apologies, Lardpony, You Slut! - to name a few.

Younogodie - Spanish Fly

Medications hail from Washington DC and have recently released “Your Favorite People All in One" on Dischord. The trio itself consist of Devin Ocampo (ex Faraquet and Smart Went Crazy), Andrew drums. Unsuprisingly then, Medications sound a lot like Faraquet (pronounced fair-a-ket) - two of their members are still on vocals, Ocampo is still shredding those guitar-lines and Molter is still laying down some thick and rubbery basslines. The main difference here is that the songs are more fleshed out and the overall sound is clearer, less discordant and even poppier - Well, there are more than a few of these moments.

That's not to say that these songs are any more accessible than Faraquet: they're still experimenting with and playing around with melodies. The difference here is that each member sounds like their working towards something, well, more. I just hope they're arround long enough to develop tracks like "Suprise!" and "Pill." They're the tracks that best work live. The drums and the guitars are constantly driving and working towards something. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't always work but when it does you want to be there - believe me

Medications - Twine Time

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Also: The following bands are playing in on 7th December at The Original Four, King Street, Leicester. Entry for this gig is £3

Saturday, November 12, 2005

It's all over

"Ladies and gentleman. Please refrain from jumping onto the stage. The stage is for professional muscians with a valid union card. You wouldn't jump into a bear cage now would you?" - John Reis

Speedo, N.D, Petey X, JC 2000, Apollo 9 and Ruby Mars. God bless you all. San Diego's favourite rock 'n' roll sextet, Rocket from the Crypt played their final show EVER last week. Deciding to end it all on Halloween - their "favourite day of the year" - thousands of adoring fans traversed the globe to worship at their temple of noise. Myself included. It may have been packed, hot and sticky; but it was the perfect send off. Rocket from the Crypt were always more than a band. They were a symbol of artistic integrity; of all age shows; and of ALWAYS putting the fans first wherever possible. They trailblazed their way through the nineties and were one of the few bands to make it out of the other side. I know, I know, you may already know the score, but let me break it out for you all the same:

Tonight, they're rightly celebrated as an insitution, as they gladly hand over a little bit more of themselves for one last time. Our thoughts are with the people who couldn't be there. Soon enough the lights fade and our compere takes to the stage to explain all. The Heataches, The Bronx and Deadbolt have all done an excellent job of warming things up, but I (wisely?) save my energy. We're treated to a slideshow; a history of the band in pictures/videos, before they finally take to the stage to rapturous applause. They treat fans to a two-hour set, including: three encores; video montages, guest appearances - including Jon Wurster playing on "Sturdy Wrists" - and some ridiculous costume changes - from Voodoo men to well, I really don't know. One glance from side to side in the crowd and you can casually observe wrestlers, smurfs, superheroes, babies, draculas, and Wes Anderson film characters (over twenty members of team Zissou) paying tribute in their own unique way. The band always put on a show - they're famous for it - but what's on offer tonight is not only a once in a lifetime experience. It's a shared experience.

I was too young/uncool [delete and appropriate] to see them at Reading back in '98 and I just had to make this trek. Pretty stupid, and irreponsible? YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS! Just because YOU didn't get to hear incendiary ditties like 'Boychucker', 'I'm Not Invisible', 'Don't Darlene, 'Pigeon Eater' 'On a Rope' and 'Glazed' etc ike I heard them. Their slippery exploits of greased up riffary; their heavenly horn section; the lacerating power of their rhythm section; Mario pounding away on the skins; and of course, the secret weapon: the one and only, John 'Speedo' Reis. Make no mistake about it ladies and gentleman, what is on offer tonight is still the band that kickstarted rock 'n' roll for a new generation of fans in the early nineties. Their extended rendition of 'Glazed' tonight is particularly mindblowing and the crowd duly reciprocate by screaming "TAKE THAT" (for what seems like a half an hour) while out bear taming frontman speaks at length about the band and the fans ('Fuck you you doubters and naysayers of Rocket from the Crypt; we rocked for 16 years even though you thought we'd get no where"), until breaking into 'Everybody Smoke Pot,' with the crowd precisely on queue! Some guys in the crowd try to put a dampner on things and the band close on "Come See, Come Saw.' It really does feel like the end.

Rocket from the Crypt - I'm Not Invisible (Live)

Please view the rest of Transmission 3000 for more kick live Rocket' action. For more pictures of the show please views the slideshow at techguy2475. Many thanks