domingo, 30 de abril de 2017

The Tiller Boys

The Tiller Boys, an experimental trio formed with Buzzcocks Pete Shelley and drummer Francis Cookson. Often referenced, yet seldom heard, the group reflected shared Krautrock / Fripp & Eno avant-rock preferences and were a regular feature on Manc-centric post-punk bills in 1978/79, making their live debut supporting Joy Division at the Factory (Russell) Club on 9 June 1978, a gig immortalised on Peter Saville's iconic Fac 1 poster. The Tiller Boys also supported Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire at the Factory on 20 October, Gang of Four in York, and cut a single intended for Factory Records at Arrow Studio in January 1979, although these tracks -three slices of pounding percussion and Neu!-like guitar clangour- were destined not to appear on the new Manchester indie New Hormones proved a bold and eclectic label. Its second vinyl release (ORG 3) came courtesy of The Tiller Boys, whose posthumous Factory extended play 7" (now titled 'Big Noise from the Jungle') was released in March 1980. [SOURCE: CERYSMATIC FACTORY

sábado, 29 de abril de 2017

Hans-A-Plast


German independent punk rock band from Hannover, founded in 1978. Released their first album DIY with a little help by the local independent-label Lava Records, which permit to use the label and labelcode for this enterprise. This first album was something like an initial spark to the later called NDW and against any expectation, very successful. More than 10 000 copies sold very fast, so the band decided to do their own Label No Fun Records, founded in 1980. They did a rerelease of the first album and two more on it, but also offers it to several local bands. There was some attention all over the world at this time, and up to now, the band still belong to the most important German punk rock bands. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

viernes, 28 de abril de 2017

Robert Rental


Robert Rental was the stage name of Robert Donnachie (1952–2000), a British pioneer of the post-punk DIY industrial electronic music scene in the United Kingdom. Originally from Port Glasgow, Scotland, he moved to the south of England with Thomas Leer in the late 1970s, and became involved with the local music scene. Robert Rental however released very little of his solo music, preferring to collaborate with Thomas Leer, as well as with Daniel Miller (as The Normal). The only solo recording from the 1970s is the 7" single "Paralysis" first released on the homemade Regular Records, then re-released on Company Records in 1978. "Paralysis" was recorded at home on a 4 track Tascam tape recorder which he hired in collaboration with Leer. The single features the distorted sound of a Stylophone. Another distinctive sound that Rental used was that of the EDP Wasp Synthesizer, which he introduced to Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle and William Bennett of Whitehouse. He also made an acclaimed album with Thomas Leer called 'The Bridge' which was released on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Records. The album reached number 9 on the Independent Chart in 1980. His other two official releases were the 1980 single "Double Heart / On Location", released on Daniel Miller's Mute Records, and 'Live At The West Runton Pavilion', recorded with Miller in 1979, and released via Rough Trade in 1980. Robert Rental toured with Daniel Miller as The Normal, supporting Stiff Little Fingers. Miller had met Rental through a Throbbing Gristle concert. Robert Rental died of lung cancer in 2000. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

miércoles, 26 de abril de 2017

Untouchables


The Untouchables were another Wilson High School band and close friends with The Teen Idles (Alec MacKaye is Ian’s brother). The two groups debuted together in a basement in December, 1979. 

The Untouchables’ performances were legendarily chaotic and Alec had to be carried out of a number of shows after hyperventilating and passing out. The Teen Idles and The Untouchables recorded their first demos at a small basement studio called Hit & Run in the spring of 1980 and the tapes were passed around all over town. Rich left for college at the end of the summer and with his departure the band lost their drummer and their practice space. 

During a meeting at a Roy Rogers fast-food joint, which was a central punk hangout at the time, the band decided it was curtains for them, but Danny Ingram volunteered to join, despite the fact that he had never played drums. 

While The Untouchables managed to play a number of shows in D.C., their only out of town appearance was with The Teen Idles in Norfolk, Virginia. Their last appearance as a band was at a Minor Threat / SOA / Black Market Baby show at the 9:30 club in early 1981. They jumped up on stage and took over the equipment to play their version of Sham 69’s "If the Kids are United" until the plug was pulled. [SOURCE: DISCHORD RECORDS

lunes, 24 de abril de 2017

Hagar The Womb


Hagar the Womb are an English punk rock band, originally active in the early 1980s and part of the Anarcho-punk movement. In hiatus from 1987, members went on to form We Are Going to Eat You and Melt. A 2011 compilation of their back catalogue brought all members back into contact with each other, and invitations to reform and play gigs and festivals have had Hagar The Womb gigging again since 2012. 

The band was formed in London in 1980, in the toilets of the Wapping Anarchy Centre, established by the efforts of seminal anarchist bands Crass and Poison Girls. The original line-up was all-female, reflecting the band's purpose of giving women a voice in the anarcho-punk scene: Ruth Elias (vocals), Karen Amsden (vocals), Nicola Corcoran (vocals), Janet Nassim (guitar), and Steph Cohen (bass guitar). One week after forming they played their first gig with Zounds and The Mob, with 'Scarecrow' playing drums. They soon recruited a second guitarist, 'Jon From Bromley', and a permanemt drummer, Chris Knowles, formerly of Cold War and The Boiled Eggs. Corcoran left, leaving two vocalists. The band's first demo included the track "For the Ferryman", which was released on the Mortarhate label compilation LP 'Who? What? Why? When? Where?' in 1984. Cohen was replaced by Mitch Flacko (also of The Mekons) prior to the band's first release proper. The band toured the UK punk circuit for five years, releasing two 12-inch EPs and recording a Peel Session for BBC Radio 1 on 11 February 1984. Their first EP, 'The Word of the Womb' (produced by Pete Fender and released on Conflict's Mortarhate label) was a hit on the UK Indie Chart during 1984, peaking at number six, and staying in the chart for more than five months. Elaine Reubens joined the band in time for the recording of their Peel session. The band released a second EP, 'Funnery In a Nunnery' (UK Indie No. 9) the next year, now on the Abstract label, drawing comparisons with Siouxsie & the Banshees, Delta 5 and The Slits. Flacko left, his replacement being Paul "Veg" Venables, and Julie Sorrell was brought in to replace Amsden. They continued for another year, but there were no further releases and the band split up, with Knowles, Sorrell, Venables, and Harding forming We Are Going To Eat You, who signed to Big Cat Records after their 1987 début EP and went on to release the album 'Everywhen' in 1990. They later changed their name to Melt, releasing a sole EP before splitting up.

The band's drummer, who has a degree in Philosophy and Literature, went on to become a cult DJ under the name Chris Liberator. Bassist Mitch Flacko has been playing bass in avant garde ensembles, and works as a tour manager. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

The Normal


A short-lived outfit whose existence is conveniently documented by a lone 1978 single, The Normal was an alias for Daniel Miller, owner of Mute Records. Through the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget, and Depeche Mode, Miller's label was responsible for opening thousands of minds to the possibilites of electronic music. Despite The Normal's low profile and minimal output, their '"T.V.O.D."/"Warm Leatherette"' single added its own significant contribution to the then-new electronic pop playing field. The B-side, written in tribute to J.G. Ballard's auto-wreck fetish novel "Crash", carried relentless pulsing, clinical snapping, and detached vocal chants; it's since become a classic in the realm, having been covered by the likes of Grace Jones and Chicks on Speed. As The Normal, Miller also contributed to an experimental live EP with Robert Rental entitled 'Live at West Runton Pavilion'; Miller briefly dedicated himself to synth-pop covers of classic rock songs as the Silicon Teens as well. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

sábado, 22 de abril de 2017

The Teen Idles


The Teen Idles were a punk rock band formed in 1979 in Washington, DC, by Ian MacKaye (bass), Nathan Strejcek (vocals), Georgie Grindle (guitar), and Jeff Nelson (drums), all high school classmates. The band was born out of the demise of The Slinkees, which featured Grindle, Nelson, MacKaye, and vocalist Mark Sullivan, who broke up after Sullivan, a year older than the rest of the band, went to college. 

The group played various shows around DC and, in the summer of 1980, travelled to California for 2 shows, getting an eye-full of Los Angeles burgeoning hardcore scene and importing a number of the scene's traits back to DC, including slamdancing. The Teen Idles proved to be influential to many of the younger punk fans in and around Washington DC, inspiring a new wave of bands who called themselves "harDCore". 

In late 1980, the band broke up. This mainly due to tension between Grindle and Nelson. Grindle's born again Christian girlfriend disapproved of the band, causing him to question his participation, which brought him into conflict with Nelson, who was an atheist. Also adding to the mix was MacKaye's, who was the band's lyricist, dissatification with Strejeck's performances and his own desire to sing. Following their split, the band took money they had saved from their shows to issue an EP called 'Minor Disturbance' on their own Dischord Records. Grindle would drop out of the music scene altogether. Strejcek would help Nelson and MacKaye with Dischord but was soon edged out by the other two, who were dissatisfied with his work ethic, especially after he left a box of Teen Idles records sitting on top of a hot car engine, rendering them unplayable. Nelson and MacKaye formed Minor Threat after The Teen Idles split while Strejcek formed Youth Brigade. Youth Brigade was short-lived and Strejcek soon bowed out of the scene altogether while Nelson and MacKaye continue to run Dischord to this day. The two have also participated in several acts over the years (although Nelson is largely retired from performing). In 1996, in honor of Dischord's 100th release, the label issued a Teen Idles demo on vinyl. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

viernes, 21 de abril de 2017

Sirens Of 7th Avenue


London, in the middle of the Eighties, The Sirens Of 7th Avenue are polishing their rhythmic section with an echo enhancing the electro orientation of their music, a modernity's artefact for these urban musicians, no matter if they come from London, paris or NYC, this very "Metal Urbain" sound taking it all. Lost in the crowd and city's reverb, that's barely all we know regarding what became of them. [SOURCE: NEW ROSE STORY 1980-2000 4XCD BOOKLET] 

jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

Dramarama


Blending hard rock wallop, alternative rock smarts, power pop songcraft, and punk rock urgency, Dramarama was a band who seemed on the verge of a major commercial breakthrough several times during their 11-year career. Puzzlingly, it never arrived, though the band developed a potent following in their native New Jersey as well as the West Coast; their almost-hit, "Anything Anything (I'll Give You)," was cited by L.A.'s KROQ-FM, arguably America's most influential alternative rock outlet, as the most requested song in the station's history. Formed in Wayne, NJ, by vocalist and songwriter John Easdale in 1983, Dramarama self-released a single and a five-song EP before a French label commissioned a full-length album from the band, which recycled material from both previous releases. The result, 1985's 'Cinema Verite', featured "Anything Anything," which began scoring airplay after the album was picked up by Chameleon Records in the United States. The group relocated to California in time for their second LP, 'Box Office Bomb', which earned enthusiastic reviews but not significantly greater sales. As the band was completing their fourth studio album, 'Vinyl', in 1991, Chameleon Records went bankrupt, and as the band scrambled to come up with the cash to finish the project, the elusive major-label deal finally materialized when Elektra picked up the project. However, while the success of Nirvana in 1991 would seemingly have broken open radio for bands as adventurous as Dramarama, their sound was too far from grunge to capitalize on the new openness, and the band's 1993 album, 'Hi-Fi Sci-Fi', failed to make an impact outside the band's devoted cult following. Dramarama called it a day after a farewell show at Asbury Park's the Stone Pony in 1994; four years later, John Easdale returned to the music business with a solo album. The group was featured on the popular VH1 reality series Bands Reunited in 2004, prompting the collective -minus bassist Chris Carter- to reform around material originally intended for an Easdale solo record. Dramarama relased 'Everybody Dies' in 2005. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

miércoles, 19 de abril de 2017

Lyres


Lyres are a Boston-area garage rock band led by Jeff Conolly, founded in 1979 following the breakup of DMZ. Their most popular songs included "Don't Give It Up Now," "She Pays The Rent" and "Help You Ann". The original lineup of the band featured Conolly, Rick Coraccio (bass), Ricky Carmel (guitar), and Paul Murphy (drums). 

Former DMZ members Coraccio, Murphy, Peter Greenberg, and Mike Lewis all rejoined Connolly in Lyres at some point from 1979 to the early 2000s. The A-Bones drummer Miriam Linna, (a former drummer for The Cramps, and then A-Bones), Yo La Tengo and former Lyres bass player Mike Lewis filled-in with Lyres for a show in 1986. Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys and Lords of the New Church, and Wally Tax of The Outsiders also recorded with Lyres in the late 1980s. 

Lyres were less active in 1989, due to Conolly living in California for a brief period. After a renewed period of activity in the early 1990s, the band went through a dormant period until 1999. The band has been playing regularly during the last two years. Conolly is the one member who has been in every lineup during the large number of Lyres personnel changes. In 2009, Lyres played at the Go Sinner Go festival in Madrid and an additional date in Porto Nuovo. This line-up included a fill-in Peter Greenberg on guitar. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA