The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast were formed in Sydney in 1980 as an experimental music group by Greg Addison on guitar and vocals; David Bullock on percussion; Steve Couri on bass guitar; Shane Fahey on synthesiser and vocals; Peter Richardson on piano, percussion and vocals; and Tim Schultz on saxophone, vocals and percussion. The band's name is a quote from Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
They signed with M Squared late in 1980, which was a label and studio set up by Scattered Order's Mitch Jones and Michael Tee. The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast issued their debut single, 'Tael of the Saeghors', in December 1980. Bullock had left before the single appeared.
'Vessels', the group's debut album, appeared in 1981, described as having "mixed atmospheric, uncluttered sound textures with understated dynamics. The music drew certain parallels with the work of Brian Eno and the second side of David Bowie's 'Low'". They followed with a four-track extended play, 'Why Won't We Wake?', at the end of that year. The group went into hiatus for about a year.
The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast returned to the recording studio in 1983 to work on their second album, 'Zoom Is Less than Man' (styled as 'Zoom < Man'). They disbanded by the end of that year. Shane Fahey later joined Scattered Order. A retrospective compilation, by the group, 'G'arage D'Or', was released on the Extreme label in 1991.
In January 2010 Ascension Records reissued the band's music on disk two of a commemorative compilation CD, 'Terrace Industry' (ANCD036), along with bands such as Scattered Order, Systematics, A Cloakroom Assembly and Prod. In 2011 Ascension released another compilation, '41 Pardons', which also includes six songs from the band. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA]