viernes, 28 de diciembre de 2018

PGR


PGR started life as an industrial group in mid '80s under the Poison Gas Research moniker. Their studio was in a rough area in Oakland. To deter dubious people they affixed a sign with "Poison Gas Research" written on it at the front door. After self publishing several cassettes under this name, the group name was shortened to PGR. Their first LP was 'Silence', which inspired the name of PGR mainstay Kim Cascone's label (and later distribution company) Silent. On this label a series of LPs and CDs was released, among them 'The Black Field' and 'The Chemical Bride'. In addition to these, a double CD was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of LSD titled '50 Years Of Sunshine' (a collection with Genesis P-Orridge, Hawkwind and Timothy Leary). Over the years, the music of PGR navigates through industrial, psychedelic, ambient and musique concrète. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2018

Oxbow


Oxbow began as a recording project. In 1988 bandmates Eugene Robinson (vocals, lyrics) and Niko Wenner (guitar, bass, keyboards, music) wrote songs with an approach decidedly different from their band at the time Whipping Boy. Wenner concocted an underlying musical architecture for his abrasive-then-plangent music, through use of arch form and musical palindromes unusual in the noise music genre the band was often placed. This organizing structure later grew to encompass the second Oxbow recording as well, and drew relationships between the two. For his part Robinson changed his vocal approach to include in-the-studio improvisations and extensive vocal multi-tracking. This first record, titled 'Fuck Fest' (1989) has drumming split evenly between Greg Davis and Tom Dobrov. Dan Adams (bass in Oxbow, drums in Whipping Boy) joined immediately on completion of the first recording. All but Davis and Dobrov were at various times members of Whipping Boy, Wenner and Dobrov had been bandmates in the hardcore band Grim Reality. Dobrov departed amicably after the band's 1995 European tour, but performed as guest second-drummer, with Davis, for the studio recording of "Shine (Glimmer)" on the 2002 album 'An Evil Heat'.

'Fuck Fest' was followed by 'King of the Jews' (1991) and then by two Steve Albini-recorded albums: 'Let Me Be a Woman' (1995) and 'Serenade in Red' (1996), the latter featuring guest vocals from Marianne Faithfull. 'An Evil Heat' followed in 2002 on Neurosis' Neurot Recordings label. Oxbow's 2007 album 'The Narcotic Story' was named the number one album in the "Best of 2007" by Rock-A-Rolla magazine, and was listed with three other bands' albums in the nomination of Joe Chiccarelli as 'Producer of the Year' at the 50th Grammy Awards. In May 2017 Oxbow released 'Thin Black Duke' their seventh full-length album, like 'The Narcotic Story' produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Niko Wenner and again on Hydra Head Records, to critical acclaim. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

miércoles, 26 de diciembre de 2018

Ночной Проспект (Notchnoi Prospekt)


Notchnoi Prospekt was formed in Moscow, 1985, by Alexei Borisov (guitar, vocals, lyrics) and Ivan Sokolovsky (keyboards, electronics). At the very beginning of their activity the duo played electro-pop with the elements of rockabilly, twist, ska, post-punk and industrial. In 1987 the drummer Sergei Pavlov and violin player Dmitry Kutergin joined the band. Since that time Notchnoi Prospekt started to develop industrial electronics mixed with psychodelia, noise, free improvized music and absurdizm. 

In the 80's Notchnoi Prospekt became popular in Russia, playing concerts all over the country and taking part at different rock and art festivals. The most famous live performances and recordings of Notchnoi Prospekt in the 80-s are 'Humanitarian Life' (1986), 'New Physicists' (1987), 'Democracy and Discipline' (1987/1988), 'Acids' (1988/1989) and 'Asbastos' (1989/1991). 

The first concert abroad Notchnoi Prospekt played in Vienna, 1989, in Stalingrad club. After that Notchnoi Prospekt has been on tour in Scandinavia and released 'Sugar' LP at Accelerating Blue Fish label from Malmö (Sweden). At the end of 1989 Sokolovsky left the band, having an idea to start his solo career. Till 1995 Notchnoi Prospekt was active as a band, later beeing transformed into experimental modular project. 

In 2000 the band was reorganized by Borisov, Sokolovsky and Kutergin. For the last 15 years Pavlov lives in Munich, but from time to time he joins the band on stage and in the studio. The current repertoire of Notchnoi Prospekt consists of the reworked and decomposed songs of the 80's as well as new compostions. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2018

The Elements


'Elementary' was the lone album by early '80s UK goth / post-punk band, The Elements. They were from Keighley, West Yorkshire. The members Greenwood, Taylor and Nowell went on to form the goth band Skeletal Family and found way more success with that band. Vocals: Rosemary Robb; Bass: Roger "Trotwood" Nowell; Drums: Christina Willet; Guitar: Steven "Stan" Greenwood; Keyboards, Saxophone: Ian "Spud" Taylor. [SOURCE: YOUTUBE

jueves, 20 de diciembre de 2018

Etat Brut


Etat Brut is a pioneer industrial / noise band from Brussels that operated from 1979 until 1983. The duo (Phillippe x and Philippe X, today academic scientists) released a dozen of cassettes, various flyers and xeroxed booklets. Some collective concerts were organized at that time with Club Moral and Pseudo Code. Cassettes like 'Emissions 1' (1981) or 'Géométrie D'un Assassinat' (1982) were released on their own label, some others in collaboration with Danny Devos (Club Moral) or Jerry WX (2Tracks, Digital Dance). 'EB001' was released by Club Moral in 1986, a few years after the facts. [SOURCE: LAST.FM

miércoles, 19 de diciembre de 2018

Pseudo Code


Belgian industrial band; initially active from 1979-1982. Pseudo Code are self-defined as playing "potlatch music", motivated more towards emotional expression than anything else. Their mastermind Alain Neffe is also founder of Insane Music (Trazegnies, Belgium), one of the first great underground tape labels in Europe. Guy-Marc Hinan is one of the two men who formed the label "Sub Rosa". Xavier S. has a radio show on the Belgian national radio. The group had been temporarily shelved while Alain Neffe concentrated on his main project Bene Gesserit. [SOURCE: LAST.FM

martes, 18 de diciembre de 2018

Dirty Rotten Imbeciles


D.R.I. (aka Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) were one of the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal, along with Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity. Starting off as a speedy, straight-ahead punk band, they gradually mixed more elements of heavy metal into their sound; as they did so, their songs got longer and featured more sections and more variety in tempo. D.R.I. managed the then-rare feat of crossing over to metal audiences while retaining their skatepunk and hardcore fan bases -they had something for all those audiences to love (or hate). Vocalist Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy were the two constants throughout the band's frequent lineup shifts, and kept them going for well over a decade. 

D.R.I. were formed in Houston, TX, in May 1982, evolving out of a defunct hardcore band called The Suburbanites. Singer Kurt Brecht, drummer Eric Brecht (his brother), and bassist Dennis Johnson had all played in that outfit, and with new guitarist Spike Cassidy in tow, they renamed themselves Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, after a frequent insult from the Brechts' father (who objected vehemently to their rehearsals). The band was soon performing live around Houston, and before the end of the year, they issued a 22-song debut, 'Dirty Rotten EP', on their own Rotten label. Pressed in limited quantities, it was reissued as a 12" LP in 1983, appropriately retitled 'Dirty Rotten LP'. The wider exposure for this version helped make the group's name in the punk underground, and after a supporting tour that year, they relocated to San Francisco. 


The going was rough at first, and bassist Johnson quit to return home to Houston. He was replaced by Sebastian Amok for a tour with the Dead Kennedys, after which Amok was in turn replaced by Josh Pappé for the 1984 EP 'Violent Pacification'. Eric Brecht also left the band later that year to get married; he would soon join Hirax. In the meantime, D.R.I. replaced him with Felix Griffin. During the recording of the band's second album, 1985's 'Dealing With It', Pappé took a leave of absence to deal with a drug problem. Mikey Offender, of The Offenders, filled in for him during the remainder of the sessions, and the album was released on the Death label. With Hirax's help, D.R.I. scored a deal with Metal Blade, and a substantial buzz built around the group, especially when Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo praised them in an interview. 

D.R.I.'s Metal Blade debut arrived in 1987 in the form of the boundary-blurring 'Crossover', whose title made their punk-metal fusion ambitions crystal clear. Their songs were growing from short bursts of speed into full-fledged, multisectioned compositions, and their unification of the two genres was the most seamless of their career. On the 1988 follow-up, '4 of a Kind', the metal influences began to predominate, even if the band's hardcore roots were still audible. Buoyed by the video for "Suit and Tie Guy", '4 of a Kind' became the first D.R.I. album to make the national charts. The following year, Pappé accepted an offer to join Gang Green, and was replaced in D.R.I. by John Menor, formerly of Mantas. Menor made his debut on 1989's 'Thrash Zone', the band's most metallic offering yet, and one that was also widely acclaimed among their best. "Beneath the Wheel" and "Abduction" landed some airplay on MTV, and the album became their second straight to chart. 

'Thrash Zone' proved to be the band's final effort for Metal Blade, however, and Felix Griffin departed in 1990, effectively bringing D.R.I.'s most successful period to a close. After a couple of short-lived replacements, Griffin's slot was filled by Rob Rampy IV, and Spike Cassidy revived the band's Rotten label to release 1992's 'Definition'. By this time, the alternative explosion had substantially reduced the audience for thrash, and 'Definition' accordingly looked back on the band's punk roots; still, much of their old audience had evaporated. After recording the late-1992 gig that was eventually released as the 'Live' album, Menor left the band and was replaced by Chumly Porter. Porter made his debut on the 1995 studio set 'Full Speed Ahead', and the band spent the next few years touring, even if there was no new product to speak of. Porter left in 1999 and was replaced by Harald Oimoen, who helped continue D.R.I.'s road-warrior existence. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

lunes, 17 de diciembre de 2018

Perennial Divide


Perennial Divide was a British electronic music band, formed in 1986 by Jack Dangers, Jonny Stephens and Paul Freeguard. It was relatively short-lived; Dangers and Stephens left it in 1988 to form Meat Beat Manifesto. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

viernes, 14 de diciembre de 2018

Logic System


Logic System is a musical project of Hideki Matsutake. Hideki started as an assistant for Isao Tomita in the 70s and is well-known as the sequencer programmer and modular synthesizer operator for the Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), but he wasn't a member of YMO. He worked on several of their albums and toured with his huge collection of synths. He also did sequencing work for numerous technopop albums for other artists, particularly in the early 80s. In 1996 he performed in a big concert event organized by Isao Tomita and was also guest on Towa Tei albums. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2018

Krozier & The Generator


Krozier & The Generator were an Australian psychedelic synth outfit that only released a rare, lefter-than-leftfield, previously private press LP. The group’s eccentric front man, Geoff Krozier (R.I.P), is fondly remembered for his ritualistic on-stage shamanisms and magic performances that apparently combined equal parts Aleister Crowley and Arthur Brown for a bewildering, drug-fuelled performance backed by an unhinged, freeform rock backing. 'Transformer' opens with the standout "House Of The Sun" -a bizarre, tripped out, kosmiche free for all with Krozier’s oddball occult ramblings on top, followed by the tropical, snake-bite laced "Slave Traders" and the swelting, synth exotica of "Temple Of Exotic Delights". A truly unique, one of a kind LP that is difficult to compare to anything, although highly recommended for fans of curious acts such as Father Yod’s Ya Ho Wa and Doxa Sinistra or the deranged experimentation of Cosmic Jokers. [SOURCE: BLEEP

miércoles, 12 de diciembre de 2018

Iron Curtain


Iron Curtain was a minimal wave band from Santa Barbara, CA, who played regularly in the Los Angeles underground music scene. They were heavily influenced by The Cure, OMD, Joy Division, and Kraftwerk. The band released several records in small quantities even though they had a great fan base, and hence over the years these releases have gained mass cult appeal which has driven the prices of used copies up into the thousands. After several years of searching for Steve Fields (front man for the group), Pylon Records brings the entire catalog into print for the first time on CD. Featured on the CD is the cult classic “The Condos”, the goth-club-friendly track “Tarantula Scream”, and the much-sought-after track “Legalize Heroin”, which has a stark resemblance to My Bloody Valentine. [SOURCE: MINIMAL WAVE RECORDS

martes, 11 de diciembre de 2018

Los Humillados


Los Humillados is a duo from Manresa (Barcelona) formed in 1985 from the ashes of Síndrome with Artur Ríos and Esther Subirana, at the same time that they were creating their own record label, Grabaciones Góticas. In 1986, '6 Nuevas Bandas Catalanas' is the first appearance of the group, with another five bands, initially published by the EPDLM label, although it was reissued a year later on Grabaciones Góticas. 

In 1987 they released their album, 'El Baile De Las Sombras'. 1989 was a truly fruitful year for Los Humillados. One of their best and most successful albums, 'El Descanso Eterno', appears, which opens the doors to the more ethereal, subtle and vaporous sound of the band. Also this year, the fourth album by Los Humillados 'De Guerra, Pasión y Sentimiento' would be released.

In 1990, in a collaboration between Grabaciones Góticas and Facadas Da Noite, in EP format, Los Humillados surprised with an unpublished track, "Tormenta Sobre La Piel", and also appeared in the compilation 'Berlín, Timisoara, Manresa'. At the end of 1990 they publish the EP cassette 'Homenaje A Ian Curtis', the leader of Joy Division. The following year, they return to collaborate with the poet Joan Borda (the first one was in 1989 on the film "Minimal"), with a limited edition EP entitled 'Lirian'. Grabaciones Góticas expands its pretensions in the compilations, 'Spanish Gothic Bands' where the shadow of Artur is omnipresent.


Together with the band from Zaragoza Gothic Sex, Los Humillados edited the shared CD 'Ritualis Mortis'. In 1995, a compilation, 'Dark Archives. 1985-1995', distributed all over Europe, is a worthy introduction to Artur and Ester's career. A year later, in 1996, 'El Conjuro De Los Poetas Malditos' appears on cassette. Six years later, 'El Canto Agónico De Las Estatuas', supposes a clear evolution in their sound, at the same time as a reaffirmation of their characteristic, spectral and melancholic sound. The ethereal backgrounds and the ghostly voice of Artur Ríos coexist with the most rhythmic songs ever recorded by the band and with warmer and closer songs. Sinuosity, sadness and nightmare environments merge with themes in which a certain light opens a hole in the dark nothing that configures this album. 

In 2010 appears the last album released by the band entitled '9125 Dias En Las Catacumbas', or what is the same, the sum in days of the existence of the band over 25 years. Instead of publishing the usual commemorative compilation, Los Humillados decide to edit an album with new songs. The uniqueness of this album is that the sixteen songs that compose it are united in one, making the listener spend more than an hour listening to it. That same year (2010) the group released two CDs entitled 'Lost Tracks. Vol. 1' and 'Lost Tracks. Vol. 2', where they rescue the tracks discarded from the 2008 sessions. The CDs were not on sale in shops or distributors.

The band's appearances in numerous compilations has been constant. To mention a few: '13 Incioes' (Facadas Na Noite, 1989, cassette, Portugal), 'Fóssil Sampler' (Grito Tapes, 1992, cassette), 'Nos Duele Demasiado Existir' (El Auxilio, 1995, cassette), 'Seküencias de Culto "Sampler I" de Profundis Clamavi' (Seküencias de Culto, 1995, cassette), 'Silent Order - The Stigmata Compilation' (Nuclear Blast/Nyctalopia Records, 1996, CD, Germany), or 'Music for Strange Dreams', (Enochian Calls, cassette, Portugal). [SOURCE: GRUPOS NACIONALES NUEVA OLA 80

lunes, 10 de diciembre de 2018

Dubrovniks


The Dubrovniks were established in August 1986 as The Adorable Ones with the line up of James Baker on drums (ex-The Victims, The Scientists, Hoodoo Gurus, Beasts of Bourbon, James Baker Experience); Roddy Radalj on guitar and vocals (ex-Exterminators, The Scientists, Rockets, Le Hoodoo Gurus, The Johnnys, Love Rodeo, James Baker Experience); Peter Simpson on guitar and vocals (ex-Teeny Weenies, Super K, Spectre's Revenge, Hoi Polloi); and Boris Sujdovic on bass guitar (ex-Exterminators, The Scientists, Rockets, Beasts of Bourbon). Early in the next year The Adorable Ones renamed themselves as The Dubrovniks to honour the birthplace of Radalj and Sujdovic -the historical Croatian city of Dubrovnik. They had to change their name due to a Brisbane band of that name.

Citadel Records issued the group's debut single, 'Fireball of Love', in April 1988. It was produced by Rob Younger (Lime Spiders, Died Pretty, The Stems). Their second single was a cover version of Alvin Stardust's ''My Coo Ca Choo'' in November. A third single, 'Speedway Girls' appeared in June 1989, followed by their debut album, 'Dubrovnik Blues', in August. It was produced by Chris Masuak for Timberyard Records. By that time Radalj had left and formed a new band, The Punjabbers, with Brett Ford on drums (ex-Kryptonics, Lubricated Goat); Tony Robertson on bass guitar (ex-The Hitmen, New Christs, Naked Lunch); and Tony Thewlis on guitar (ex-Helicopters, The Scientists).


Chris Flynn on guitar and vocals (ex-Headstones) replaced Radalj and the band signed to Mushroom Records. The band's first album on Mushroom, 'Audio Sonic Love Affair' appeared in September 1990. It was produced by Kevin Shirley (Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels, Cold Chisel) and was preceded by the single, "She Got no Love" in June. Another single, "Love Is on the Loose", followed in October. In between albums, Baker and Sujdovic toured and recorded with Beasts of Bourbon. In early 1991 they severed their commitments to that group to concentrate on The Dubrovniks. Also in that year Glenn Armstrong (ex-Horny Toads, The Girlies) replaced Simpson on guitar.

The band issued their third album, 'Chrome' in June 1992, which was also produced by Shirley. The album provided two singles, "Saigon Rose" (February 1992) and "French Revolution" (June). However, Mushroom dropped the group in 1993. German label, Normal, issued their fourth album, 'Medicine Wheel' in Europe, while Mushroom Distribution Services (MDS) distributed it in Australia.

The Dubrovniks broke up in 1995. Afterwards Baker returned to Perth, where he joined a power pop band, Satellite 5. Flynn and Sujdovic formed a new band, Black Dirt, together with Chris Collins and Paul Loughhead. The Dubrovniks reformed in 2015 to play a series of shows in Australia, Greece, Spain and Austria. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

martes, 4 de diciembre de 2018

The Grey Wolves


The Grey Wolves were David Padbury and Trevor Ward. They have existed since the early 1980s when they began releasing a number of tapes via their label Anal Probe, which later split into Artaman and Zeal SS; the latter changed its name quite often, incl. Strength Through Awareness, Lebensborn and Open Wound. In 1992 they were contacted by Tesco Organisation and recorded their first LP. Their art is definied as "A Manifestation of the Cultural Terrorist Network", and their packages and visuals are collages of disturbing and provocative images, photos and symbols. The Grey Wolves play heavy industrial noise with a genuine punk attitude, being irreverent and nasty, but never lacking self-awareness and irony. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

lunes, 3 de diciembre de 2018

Flat Duo Jets


Flat Duo Jets is an American psychobilly band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Athens, Georgia. They were a major influence on several bands of the 1990s and 2000s, including The White Stripes. In interviews, Jack White (The White Stripes' lead singer and guitarist) has often acknowledged Dexter Romweber's influence.

Their first album, 'Flat Duo Jets', was recorded direct to two tracks in a garage in the late 1980s but not released until early 1990, the same year in which the band opened for The Cramps on a national tour of the US. Jim Dickinson produced their second LP, 'Go Go Harlem Baby'. Their ninth studio album, 'Lucky Eye', was their first major label release (Outpost Records). It was produced by Scott Litt, best known as a producer of R.E.M.

Singer / guitarist Dexter Romweber has pursued a solo career since the 1999 breakup of the Flat Duo Jets and has toured with Cat Power, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Neko Case and others. Crash LaResh replaced Crow on and off from 1995-1999 and continued to drum with Dexter full-time from 1999-2005. His older sister, Sara Romweber, a founding member of Snatches of Pink, played drums with her brother as the Dexter Romweber Duo from 2006 until roughly 2013. Dex & Crash released a new LP as the duo in 2016 on Jett Plastic Records titled 'Our Night at The Great Jones'. Dex & Crash were touring Spain May 2016 as well as other countries across Europe in the summer of 2017.

The Flat Duo Jets' drummer, Crow Smith, resurfaced in 2005 with a debut solo album of his own. The bass guitarist, Tone Mayer, played with Romweber from 1979 and helped form an earlier band, The Kamikazees, in 1983. Mayer left the Duo Jets around 1990 to join The Chicken Wire Gang. In 2008, nearly ten years after the band's demise, a live soundtrack to 'Two Headed Cow', a documentary film about Dexter and the Flat Duo Jets, was released. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

viernes, 30 de noviembre de 2018

Executive Slacks


Philadelphia's Executive Slacks are an often overlooked part of industrial music's history. Formed in 1980 by keyboard player John Young and vocalist / guitarist Matt Marello, they started off making primitive experimental recordings inspired by Tuxedomoon and Cabaret Voltaire before developing an aggressive, driving, danceable electronic rock sound that preceded the commercial success of bands like Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. After percussionist Albert Ganss joined Executive Slacks for their initial live performances, their self-titled debut EP was released in 1983 by Red Music, and while it didn't make an impact in America, its humorous leadoff track, "The Bus", became a club hit in Belgium. Follow-up EP 'Our Lady' (1984) was co-produced by Killing Joke's Youth, who played bass on the song "I'm Coming". Both EPs were compiled as the full-length 'You Can't Hum When You're Dead', issued by Fundamental. 

Youth produced Executive Slacks' 1985 full-length, 'Nausea', and the group experimented with hip-hop for a club remix of the album's single, "In & Out". After Ganss left, percussionist Bobby Rae joined the band in time for its 1986 LP, 'Fire & Ice', easily Executive Slacks' most accessible recording. The single "Say It Isn't So" became a goth rock hit, their cover of Gary Glitter's "Rock'n'Roll" was well-received, and one of their songs managed to appear on an episode of Miami Vice for a brief moment. The group was on the verge of signing a major-label contract, but Marello decided to leave the band, leaving Young the only remaining original member. Athan Maroulis (previously of Fahrenheit 451) became Executive Slacks' new frontman and they continued playing shows, but the lineup never released any recordings, and they broke up in 1991. Maroulis subsequently fronted several well-known industrial and gothic bands, including Tubalcain, Spahn Ranch, and Black Tape for a Blue Girl, while Marello became a notable visual artist. 

Maroulis frequently produces reissues / compilations and writes liner notes for Cleopatra Records, and the label released the CD compilation 'Repressed' in 1994, eventually issuing the group's entire discography as the double-CD 'The Complete Recordings 1982-1986' in 2015. Additionally, Dark Entries reissued the band's debut EP in 2014. The imprint also released 'Seams Ruff', an LP of unreleased recordings from the group's earliest incarnation, in 2016. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

jueves, 29 de noviembre de 2018

Deception Bay


Deception Bay were from Cambridge, Massachusetts and released music on Independent Project Records in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They sound like a gothic punk band, something like Burning Image (on Alternative Tentacles Records). Highly recommend their 'Fortune Days' EP. [SOURCE: DARKGRAVE.COM

miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2018

The Child Molesters


The Child Molesters initially formed in 1977, Los Angeles, United States and were active up until 1982, during which time they released half a dozen singles and EP’s including ‘Surfing With The Child Molesters’ before in 1994 leaving us with the posthumously released 'Legendary Brown Album' (Sympathy for the Record Industry). The band has been called perhaps the most infamous from any KBD release. In fact the KBD series is a totally rip off bootleg series who never got permission to release any recordings of The Child Molesters nor ever gave them (or safe to assume any of the other bands they profited from) a nickel. It's been said that they were among the most hated groups in California when they were around, so much so that they had to resort to playing unannounced shows and wearing masks to hide their identities. This is actually completely untrue. Although they were considered Politically Incorrect enough that no one who ever booked them would put the band's name on a marquee or promote them in any way (the exception being the infamous KROQ / Rialto Theatre show who played their record, interviewed the band and gave away tickets on the air). All the surviving members of this band are over 50 now, one of them (MT Lubotamy) passed away. Needless to say this band never got any respect for being a decent band in spite of all the offensive folklore. [SOURCE: LAST.FM

martes, 27 de noviembre de 2018

Bog-Shed


Bogshed were a pop group formed in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England in 1984, originally as The Amazing Roy North Penis Band. The band formed in early 1984 and comprised Phil Hartley (vocals), Mark McQuaid (guitar), Mike Bryson (bass guitar), and Tris King (drums). Bryson also produced the cover art for the band's releases. They were helped initially by The Membranes, leading to several performances in London, and the band's first release was the 'Let Them Eat Bogshed' EP on John Robb's Vinyl Drip label in 1985. By the time of this release, the band had already played around 35 concerts and, according to Hartley, written between 80 and 100 songs.

Not really sounding like anyone before or since, they had much in common with some of the bands on the Ron Johnson label. They released two albums and several singles as well as recording five Peel Sessions, before splitting in 1987. Two of these sessions, from 1986, were issued on the 'Tried and Tested Public Speaker' EP in January 1987.

Bogshed appeared on NME's 'C86' compilation. The term "shambling" was coined by John Peel to describe their sound although the term later became more commonly used to describe bands such as The Pastels. Mike Bryson currently records under the name of Forkeyes. A split mini-album 'Vier Mit Vier', with tracks by electronic musician Marcus H (Soiled) and Forkeyes was released in 2012 on Elm Lodge Records. Phil Hartley died on 11 October 2006 and Tris King died on 21 December 2008. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

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lunes, 26 de noviembre de 2018

Aroma Di Amore


Aroma di Amore is a Belgian rock group based around Elvis Peeters (author / singer), Fred Angst (composer / guitarist) and Lo Meulen (composer / bassist). This is also the current line-up of the group. In the eighties Aroma Di Amore was an innovative band that combined electronics with rock, but it was mainly the mix of razor-sharp, socially critical Dutch-language lyrics with unconventional song structures that gave the group a cult status at home and abroad. 

They made their debut in Humo's Rock Rally 1982, in which they made it to the finals, and in the following years they released a series of records that found their way to a small but loyal audience. The band was always appreciated for his energetic and driven performances. In 1994 they stopped playing for a long time. Elvis Peeters concentrated mainly on literature, but also remained musically active with De Legende, among others. Fred Angst continued his musical quest with Kolk and later with the solo project Zool

Ten years later there was a reunion tour with sold out performances in the club circuit. At the end of 2009 the compilation 'Onverdeeld' ("Undivided") was released on Onderstroom Records. In May 2010 the album 'Ongehoord' was released with new songs. Following the release of these records, Aroma Di Amore will give a series of performances in Het Depot in Leuven and Vooruit in Ghent. 

In 2012 a new records was released, 'Samizdat', which was presented live at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. This was followed by a short tour through Belgium. In January 2016 the album 'Zin' will be released by Starman Records, again followed by a short tour of clubs in Belgium. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

jueves, 22 de noviembre de 2018

D.O.A.


It wasn't long before punk rock expanded beyond just New York City, London, and Los Angeles during the mid- to late '70s, as evidenced by the emergence of the long-running Vancouver, Canada-based outfit D.O.A. They are often credited, alongside bands like Black Flag, Germs, Angry Samoans, and Bad Brains, as co-founders of the hardcore scene -their sophomore effort, 'Hardcore '81', even references the term. Known for their outspoken, politically charged rhetoric and deference to causes like anti-racism, environmentalism, and anti-globalization, the band has been operating since 1978, with singer / guitarist Joey Shithead Keithley serving as the group's only consistent member. Despite numerous lineup changes and shifting musical landscapes, the group has held true to its blue-collar hardcore origins during its decades-long run. 

Originally formed in 1978, D.O.A. have been led from the beginning by singer / guitarist Joe Keithley (aka Joey Shithead), joined by a wide variety of other bandmates through the years (including future Black Flag / Danzig / Social Distortion drummer Chuck Biscuits), although guitarist Dave Gregg was present for most of the hijinks up until 1990. The same year as their formation, D.O.A. issued a debut EP, 'Disco Sucks', before following it up with a pair of full-lengths that many longtime fans consider D.O.A.'s classic recordings, 1980's 'Something Better Change' and 1981's 'Hardcore '81' (a popular compilation of both releases plus early tracks reared its head in 1984 as 'Bloodied But Unbowed'). 

Since the beginning, Keithley has been unafraid to voice his political opinions (a renowned D.O.A. slogan among their faithful is "Talk - Action = 0"), which at one point landed him in jail. D.O.A. would go on to sporadically issue albums throughout the '80s and '90s (including such highlights as 1982's 'War on 45', 1992's 'The Dawning of a New Error', and 1993's 'Loggerheads'). The group also found time to collaborate with another outspoken punk leader, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, on 1989's 'Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors'. Like Biafra before him, Keithley took the plunge and attempted to enter politics, running as a candidate in Canadian provincial and civic elections for the Green Party in 1996. Keithley also runs his own indie record company, Sudden Death Records, and issued an autobiography in late 2003 titled "I, Shithead: A Life in Punk". D.O.A. continued strong to into the 2010s, as evidenced by such releases as 2002's 'Win the Battle', 2008's 'Northern Avenger', 2010's 'Talk - Action = 0', 2015's 'Hard Rain Falling', and 2018's 'Fight Back'. As a result of Keithley's hard work, D.O.A. are often name-checked as an important influence by other hardcore / punk bands, including such notables as Green Day, The Offspring, Rancid, and Propagandhi. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC]

miércoles, 21 de noviembre de 2018

Wiseblood


Wiseblood was an electronic / noise-rock band formed by Clint Ruin (a.k.a. J. G. Thirlwell) and Roli Mosimann, existing intermittently from 1985 through the early 1990s. In Ruin's words, Wiseblood was "violent macho American [music] made by non-Americans". The duo's material tended toward the realm of the darkest and most sexual Foetus songs, with Mosimann's Swans lineage showing in the slow, crushing pacing of many tracks. Thematically, Wiseblood's lyrics centered on the misanthropic exertion of power, typically via murder, sex or assault. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018

Vomito Negro


Vomito Negro is a Belgian industrial band formed in 1983. The name is Spanish and Portuguese for "black vomit", a phenomenon that arises in the last stage of the disease yellow fever. After numerous successful releases like 'Shock', 'Human' and 'The New Drug', and discontent with the result of their last studio album 'Fireball', Gin Devo decided to put Vomito Negro aside for a while and to invest all his energy and creativity in his new project called Pressure Control and released the debut album 'Vamp'. After only two more concerts Guy Van Mieghem sold his studio equipment and stopped all musical activities. In 2008 Gin decided to bring back Vomito Negro. After asking BORG, who already was a member of Gin Devo's side project Pressure Control, to join the band. While they successfully toured Europe from 2008 until 2009, the duo started working on the new album. 

On January 22, 2010, the band released 'Skull & Bones' through Out Of Line Records. Some of these new tracks like "Black Tie, White Shirt" and "Darkmoon" were already tested on the crowd of the WGT Festival, in Leipzig and the Bimfest in Antwerp. In February 2010, just after its release, 'Skull & Bones' entered the German Alternative Charts (DAC) on the tenth position, only to climb further up to the second position one week later. Meanwhile, the remake version of their club classic "Move Your Body",which is featured on the bonus disc of the limited edition version, entered the DAC's single charts and reaching 13th place. In January 2013, the band released the album 'Fall of an Empire'. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2018

Tolerance


Not much is known about the Japanese female / male musical duo Tolerance made up of Junko Tange and Masami Yoshikawa. Creating music that touches on genres that had yet to exist (techno, electro, IDM, and glitch) and using musical / recording techniques rarely witnessed used that way, in that era, their two albums, 'Anonym' (1979) and 'Divin' (1981) provide a unique capsule into a group had its own musical compass. 

Forget the archetypal list that experimental / industrial musician Nurse With Wound placed them in. Forget the shoutout he gave them by titling his next album using a phrase found in their album dedication notes: “to the quiet men from a tiny girl”. As out there as their debut 'Anonym' was, rightfully earning its place in an early crate-diggers hall of fame, 'Divin' was a completely different beast. Released by the Japanese experimental music label / zine Vanity Records home of other unique post-punk experimental bands, Digin took all those Dada experiments, not-so-quiet ambient spaces, the noise rock expeditions, and proto-plunderphonics too, all from 'Anonym', into new realms, where you could actually grab a foothold in this normally difficult to “get” kind of music. 

Something so simple as adding percussion -drum machines, specifically- allowed Tolerance to expand the colors in their palette, creating structures effectively guiding you along through some very interesting musical epiphanies. Ostensibly a keyboard and guitar duo, the presence of new, unique mixer filtering techniques, and not-so-obvious rhythm backing to apply just made everything much clearer to follow. Although still lo-fi, they used that fidelity as a tool to suss out something special from their grooves. They sound like DJs finding a fascinating loop, resampling it, and trying to tune its frequencies to better amplify that original thought. Way beyond their time. Sadly, after 'Divin', it seemed the duo had nowhere else left to go, promptly disappearing from the musical world. [SOURCE: FOND/SOUND

viernes, 16 de noviembre de 2018

Skeptics


Skeptics were a New Zealand post-punk band from 1979 to 1990. They became notorious in 1987 for an unusually graphic music video entitled "AFFCO". Skeptics' first recording appeared in 1982 on 'The Furtive Four Three Piece Pack', a 12" compilation EP which also featured The Bongos, The Dabs and The Prime Movers. They toured New Zealand on the Furtive Records "Three Piece Pack" tour. The tour was to be followed by a five track EP, 'Pyronnists Selections' which was to be released on Propeller Records, Furtive's parent label, but the master tape was stolen from the Propeller office and the EP was never released. 

In 1983, Skeptics released the EP 'Chowder Over Wisconsin' on Flying Nun Records. From 1983-1984 they ran their own club, thanks to support from the City Council arts centre, in a former electrical warehouse in Palmerston North. They named the club Snailclamps after a chalk inscription they found in the warehouse, "C164 Snail Clamps". Initially the venue ran as an underage hangout but became a fully licensed venue not long after, until the band decided to pack up and relocate to Wellington. 

A cassette named 'Said See Say' was released on the now defunct Industrial Tapes label in 1984. In 1985, the band released an LP, 'Ponds'. By the time of the 'Ponds' release, Robin Gauld had left the band to concentrate on his university studies. John Halvorsen, formerly of The Gordons (and later of Bailter Space), joined in his stead. 


In August 1987 Skeptics made a video for the 'Skeptics III' track "AFFCO", named after the New Zealand meat processing company AFFCO. Directed by Stuart Page, the video was filmed in the Westfield Freezing Company and Kellax meat packers in Auckland and included graphic footage of lambs being slaughtered and cut up, contrasted with footage of lambs in a field. Singer David d'Ath also appeared wrapped in plastic cling film and fake blood. Due to its graphic content, the video has rarely been broadcast on New Zealand television, but has been screened at various art exhibitions in New Zealand and at Film Archive screenings and is now freely available to watch online.

While working on yet another release, 'Amalgam', in 1989 David D'Ath learned that he had leukaemia. D'Ath never got to see the finished product which, due to many unforeseen problems and delays, could not be finished in time as a farewell to this legendary performer. David D'Ath died on Tuesday, 4 September 1990. The band ceased immediately after.

'Amalgam' was finally released in November 1990. In the following years to come, unreleased Skeptics material began to surface as documents of their existence. The 10" single, 'Sensible' which featured studio tracks created back in 1985, was launched in 1991. A full album version soon followed which featured further recordings from 1985 to 1990. 

In 1992, a boxed-set of Skeptics recordings was produced which contained 'Skeptics III', 'Amalgam', 'Sensible' and a live three song recording EP 'If I Will I Can' taken from the last Skeptics gig in 1990 at the Gluepot in Auckland. Also accompanying the boxset was a 12-page booklet of lyrics and artwork by, and in memory of David D'Ath. In 2014 a documentary film about Skeptics, 'Sheen of Gold', was released. It was announced there would be reissues and previously unreleased recordings released to coincide with the film. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

jueves, 15 de noviembre de 2018

R.N.A. Organism


Receiving a cassette tape from R.N.A. Organism by air-mail, Agi Yuzuru (head of Vanity Records) mistakenly thought they were from overseas and highly acclaimed the band in Rock Magazine. However, it was a clever ploy by Kaoru Sato from Kyoto. This album is amazing dub music with funky bass, noise guitar, trumpet and rhythm machine -sort of like a heavier version of Andy Partridge's 'Take Away / The Lure of Salvage'. Subsequently the group changed its name to EP-4, which became known for its guerrilla live performances as well as simultaneously releasing its debut album on both major and indie labels. Meanwhile, Sato disappeared from the music scene in the mid-80's. [SOURCE: LAST.FM