29 May 2010

...A Fuzzed Out Horror A Go-Go !

The Famous Monsters

Were based in New Orleans an was an all girl surf-oriented garage rock outfit that played around with 50's-era horror movie themes. Consisted of Devil Doll, ex bassist of White Zombie Sean Yseult, Vampire Girl, Katielynn Campbell of Nashville Pussy and She-Zilla. Kitschy and overly campy, In The Night is filled with B horror maddening tunes to shake your booty to!

Famous Monsters - In The Night CD (1999)
+Estrus Records +

Murder Beach U.S.A.
In the Night!
Lone Wolf Massacree
Destroy Puny Earthlings!
Bloody Mary
Haunting of Planet Earth
Hairy Eyeball
Outerspace Deathrace #13
Satan Sends a Rat!
Vampire Cosmonaut
Oil Monstre, Oui
F Is for Fiend
Clock Strikes 10 *Cheap Trick Cover*
International Monster Presentation
When I Grow Up**The Groovie Goolies theme*

The Legendary Golden Vampires were based in Berlin, Germany and released at least two 12"s and a four song ep. A few of their songs appeared on compilations in the late 80s. A cross between X and The Cramps with a fuzzed-out 60s rave-up.

The Legendary Golden Vampires - Creeping Poison 7" (1985)

+Exile Records+

Creeping Poison
Rebel woman

19 May 2010

The Waterboys - December 12 " (1983)

Okay let me first start off by saying that The Waterboys really are a required taste and might not appeal to some of our readers, but for one thing I do know they were an amazing band and worth discovering. In only 5 years in the 80's they released four albums back-to-back that would put most mainstream bands to shame. The Waterboy's had this signature sound, a kind of 'New Wave wall of sound, where they believed MORE is definitely better` this style stretches the band's songs to great lengths with perfectly matched impassionate vocals and earnest lyrics, you can really see why they were Adrian Borlands favorite band.

The Waterboys - December 12"

+Ensign Records+

B1 The Three Day Man
B2 Red Army Blues

Will appeal to those who enjoy Felt and Into Paradise

15 May 2010

Droserae (France)

This interesting young Band from France was recommended to me by a friend, while my partners and me were looking for Bands to book for ‘Schaedelweiss‘. Back then Zorch Factory Records had the first EP up, and I already was highly impressed by their sound. A couple of weeks ago my wife told me that Droserae finally released a second EP, again a free release on ZFR. This EP carries on the well defined Sound that was present on the first, but is also showing an evolution in their style.
Describing their style comes pretty easy, since it straight forward Post Punk at it’s best. (Of course with the twist of having the classic ‘French attitude’)
Droserae was formed in 2007 in Paris, their first EP was released in 2009 and the second in 2010. Of course they also got the (by now to be expected) playtime on some samplers. (Zoundbies, Smoke and Spotlight 5, etc)
My advice is to give this Band a try, after all it’s for free…. ;-)

+favorite track 'Metropolis'

11 May 2010

The Visitor (Netherlands)

The Visitor were from the Frisian region of the Netherlands and existed from 1980-1988. They were apart of the Die Friese Bries scene (avantgarde wave bands) that was happening in that Region in the mid 80's as well as the emergence of Top Hole Records. Here are their first 2 releases which are a nice helping of dark, moody wave.

The Eye of Madness 7" (1981)
+Top Hole Records+

The Eye of Madness

Point Zero Nagasaki

Liquid and Crystalline EP (1983)
+Top Hole Records+

Liquid and Crystalline
The Happy Few
Spiral of Spiderlimbs
Tourist In the Third World
Silence is Soothing

01 May 2010

The Witch Trials (1981)

In reference to my post I did about Adrian Borland I wanted to do this as a seperate post.
In 1980 Borland worked on two projects, Second layer which he did with future Sound bandmate Graham Bailey and then The Witch Trials. The Witch Trials was a one off thing he did with Jello Biafra ,East Bay Ray, Christian Lunch and Morgan Fisher which they managed to recorded in one 4 hour session at Morgan Fishers house in London.

Spoken word ..Improvisation ..Noise ..Chaos ..in other words very cool stuff!

The Witch Trials (1995 CD reissue)
+released on Alternative Tenticles+

Humanoids From the Deep
The Tazer
Trapped in The Playground
Meat Beat

In Memoriam - Adrian Borland

In the recent anniversary (April 26th) of the passing of one of my favorite and most respected musicians, Adrian Borland I decided to pull together a short span of his 20+ year career and the different bands he formed and participated in. Besides being a musician he was also a noted producer, who aided the likes of Felt, Dole, and Into Paradise .
* I highly recommend downloading these 3 bands *

Here are a few of my favorite albums throughout his career.

The Outsiders - Vital Years (1976-79)
This is where it all started.. a angry young Borland. Besides playing gigs at the infamous Roxy, they were the first noted UK punk band to release their own DIY album ' Calling All Youth' while everyone else was putting out 7".This is a collection of all of The Outsiders material, Vital years was released in 2000, but I'am uncertain of it's availability.

Second Layer - State of Emergency (1981)
Borland and other bandmate Graham Bailey's side projects while starting up The Sound. Dark, creepy and experimental and completely left field of what they went to do with The Sound but nevertheless very cool stuff. You can get the reissue of 'World Of Rubber' here.

The Sound - Korova Demos (80-81)
Since it is nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite Sound album I decided to put up the Korova tape demos from the earlier part of their career, If you haven't heard all of The Sound albums you are seriously missing out ! All the sound stuff at one time was all reissued on RENASCENT but because of liscensing issues they are no longer available to buy.

Honolulu Mountain Daffodils -
Guitars of the Oceanic Overgrowth(1987)

a lesser known project Borland worked on under the
alias of Joachim Pimento.

Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Alexandria (1989)
Not to long after the end of The Sound, Borland started a solo career with the Citizens as his back up band. A complete different direction musically, but throughout his solo career you can see how much he grew as a songwriter and musician, get all of the albums if you can.

Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)
Borland solo minus the Citizens, stylewise nothing like
The Sound,but still a very strong and beautiful album.

White Rose Transmission (1995 - present)

Borland's collaboration with Carlos Van Putten (The Convent and Dead Guitars).

* I only decided to put up a few of my favorite albums,quite a few blogs have every album already on their blog but If anyone would like anything else from Second Layer, The Sound, and Adrian Borland's solo albums just comment below and leave a request. *