Friday, July 31, 2015

Kate in the lemon tree - Fifty years of shark

Well, finally I have a copy in my hot little hand.

Courtesy of Chris Tait himself (he even bothered to post it all the way from China!). Was so chuffed to get this. It's a brilliant piece of work. These guys ooze talent.... i mean, how is it that this stuff not well known? This is a question I ask myself while queuing at the supermarket, or getting my haircut, or simply sitting in a traffic jam (where I spend most of my weekends).

Lovingly recorded by Nick Abbott at York and Fish St studios, it kicks arse in the sound department too. These kids worked hard for their art & luckily they landed a decent recording to back it up.

As a general reference, fans of Slint, Shellac, Ween, Crazy carnival rides (not a band reference) and early Pavement will go gaga over this stuff. But it goes a lot deeper than that. They had their own thing going. I think it's very hard to find a band where all the people involved seem to have the same agenda. An agenda which somehow makes the band into something bigger than the sum of the parts. Some collective instinct that outsiders find hard to grasp. I knew them all & hung out with them on numerous occasions. It was almost like they spoke a different language. And don't forget these guys were really young when they did this. Some of them still practically teenagers.

Can I call this stuff 'Carnivalesque'? There's something in here that reminds me of being a scared kid at the fair. But then someone buys me some Candyfloss and I'm happy again. But then I have to get on the ghost train and that's no good at all just goes to hell... the man with the chainsaw & leather mask leers at me in the dark. And the track goes up and down, round the corner & it's into the darkness again....there's no end in sight so you'd better buckle up bucko.....
Its a comedy but it's a pretty black one. And that's what makes it so good.

Here's a previous post I put up which will give you a little more background on these characters.

Please see discogs listing for further info: HERE

& Listen: HERE

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hoover - Sucks you up.

This is our Hoover. The Piranha. Sucks like a leech. A veritable supersucker. A K-mart Goodie for less than $100 bucks. Still sucking after 4 years! Now that's a bargain.

'Hoover' were also a Christchurch band back in the 90's.

Although they didn't suck.

They were fucking good.

Featuring Mick Bell from 'Hiding from Stan' on vocals, Mark from Salmonella Dub on guitar,Tony Hallum on bass & Ian Salek on drums. Or was that Isaac on drums? Is that the same person?
I was sure it was a guy I knew called Isaac. However.... hooverever.......hooforever.... etc

These guys weren't around for that long but they did manage a recording (this) which Mick gave me a copy of one time. One song appeared on Failsafe's 'Good Things' compilation from this bunch of tunes. 'Mikes room of the Banal'. The rest of it was never released as far as i know. I think I saw them twice. Definately at the old Star & Garter hotel (under another name possibly by then) in the mid 90's. Vividly recall that one. Was really heavy!

They had a great Tonal range this band. Screeching guitars & an uber-heavy bottom end with Mick somewhere in the middle, maniacal & menacing in the mid-range. Evil!

Mick used to help me with my car a lot. I would try to be the backyard mechanic but I didn't really know what I was doing. Mick always had good advice but would usually say something like,
'What the fuck are you doing!'...... ha ha. He could rebuild car engines at the drop of a hat.

Without further blabbing, here's a slab of sound for ya. Four songs that don't suck!

Hoover Mp3 Download.


Here's some Demos recorded by 'SuperBlack' which was another project of Tribal Thunders which I recorded some vocal tracks for. Every now and then he'd email me a track he'd done and I would dub some vocals over the top & email it back to him. I think this was around 2009-10. I dug these tracks out a while ago & they sounded pretty fresh to me. Sorta noisey kraut shoegaze pop......
Give it a taste man. It could be your new lollipop. 

Here's a link:


Rob Buick - Triumph

Here's a CD double pack I've put together recently. It's a reissue of the 'Strange Conversation' and 'Black dash Light' albums (which have been posted on this blog previously so I'm not going to bother uploading the files. They're still available for download).
This edition has been remastered so it's been beefed up a tad but the music is all the same otherwise. Hard copies of the previous releases would be difficult to track down so if you want a hard copy of the real thing, this is the go.
If anyone wants a copy, drop me a line as I have a box of them sitting here. Quite a nice little handmade tri-fold cardboard CD pack complete with printed Cd's. Cost would be $15.00 aus dollars.... but if I know you it could be..... less... or free.... depending on how much I like you.... ;)
Here's a discogs link for more details / track listing etc.