Saturday, 13 November 2010

Postmortem - rehearsal or demo...

This was on the other side of the Acid Reign live tape and was just labeled as Postmortem and the song titles so I'm not sure if it was a demo or a rehearsal but judging on the sound and the fact that all the songs run into each other i'm going for rehearsal. Putting it up on here as it may be of interest to some people. Postmortem were an early death metal band from Boston USA that started out as a punk band in the early eighties. I think this tape is from about '84 or '85 and you can hear quite a bit of the old punkiness to it, it's rough as fuck but that was part of the excitement of this stuff back then, it really sounded underground...

Postmortem - Rehearsal

Track list:
Just A Thought/Organised Crime/Run Amok/Armies of the Dead/Ready to Die

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Acid Reign - Live in Leicester 1988

Ok here's another live tape of Acid Reign. Recorded in Leicester at some point in 1988. I wasn't at this gig so couldn't tell you if the set did actually end abruptly with the need for a shit or if I just never got given the full set. I got this tape trading in late 88/ early 89 and the tape has survived in great quality despite living in the loft, no wobbles or owt.

Set List:
1. Magic Roundabout
2. Godess
3. Two Minded Takeover
4. Chaos
5. Insane Ecstasy
6. Bully Boy
7. Sabbath Mix

Acid Reign - Live in Leicester 1988

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Slaving For The Great Dictator

This compilation tape came out in '89 when the Tories were well into putting the boot into the working class, the welfare system and the public sector. Aren't we all glad times have changed...
This was an anti poll tax benefit put out by Darren of Myopic Dwarf fanzine in Bristol and along with the tape there was an A5 booklet with more info about the bands and the cause. I presume that bit is in a box in the loft with all my old fanzines.
At the time I was fairly narrow minded in the music I was listening to, so I found some of this quite eclectic but thoroughly enjoyed it apart from the Prostitutes track which is pretty bad. There's straight up punk from the likes of 4Q, Shock Treatment and Oi Polloi, some Big Black inspired stuff from Slowjam and Playground, goth punk from Every New Dead Ghost, Joy Division worship from the synth driven Dance Naked and Venus Fly Trap and the jangly ska punk of Culture Shock (which kinda blew my mind as I loved the Subhumans... but i totally got into CS off the back of this comp too) so there's no getting bored of a certain sound.

Enjoy: Slaving For The Great Dictator

Friday, 23 July 2010

Dagobah - If Music Be The Food Of Love... demo

Nick the drummer from Dagobah sent me this demo not long after they recorded it asking me if I could review it in ENZK. Which I did. I loved it. They were from Grantham in England which I actually drove through once, on a long shortcut from Nottingham to Dundee. I still don't really know where it is though as we went all over the shop on that drive but I did think 'Hey this is where Dagobah come from' when passing the town sign 'Wonder if they know the way to Scotland?'. Dagobah ended up releasing some great 7"s on Crackle Records toured the U.S. and split up and reformed and slit up again. Twice I think.

It's a very old tape that looked a bit worse for wear, there was a bit of wobble and a lot of hiss so I've digitally remastered it (run noise removal on free software off the net) for you to help out a bit. Anyway this was an old favourite of mine by a band that came across as very ramshackle and fun, which is why I loved them. So download and enjoy seven energetic and slightly rough and ready tunes from a galaxy far far away...

Dagobah - If Music Be The Food Of Love... demo

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Acid Reign - The Venue, Edinburgh, 17th December 1989

Well this is the tape of the Acid Reign gig I mentioned in this post. It's a little bit wobbly at the start but hey, the tape is 21 years old so I think we can give it some slack, anyway it's only a few seconds and there's over 80 minutes.

Acid Reign were one of the best live bands I've ever seen. Every time I saw them, they were a bundle of energy, speed and silly banter, as were the crowd at the Venue. The tape is from their December gig in 89 but the photos are from 1990 or maybe 1991 and are really shit quality I know but it's no great surprise as they were taken with one of those 110 cartridge cameras that weren't designed for use indoors, in the dark or of moving subjects...

Set list:
1 - Reflection Of Truths
2 - All I See
3 - Godess
4 - Suspended Sentence
5 - Humanoia
6 - Bully Boy
7 - Chaos
8 - The Fear
9 - Insane Ecstasy
10 -Blind Aggresion
11 - Motherley Love
12 - Life In Forms
13 - Warriors Of Ghengis Khan
14 - For Whom The Bell Tolls
15 - Whiplash
16 - Big White Teeth

Acid Reign - live at The Venue, Edinburgh, 17th December 1989

Monday, 28 June 2010

Circle Again - XXX demo tape

Came across this lonely photo of Circle Again in my files and it triggered a memory of seeing them in Drouthies in Dundee with Engage in about '99 -'00 (where I took the photo...) and that I really enjoyed them. Also Engage were down to a 3 peice at that show with Zoff doing guitar and vocals for the set but he egged Tadhg the vocalist into singing for their cover of Filler.

I liked them so much I bought the demo, which is here for your enjoyment. I never heard from them again so don't know if they released anything else or if they went on to be in other bands or anything. The only thing I did know was they were a straight edge band and that two of them were from Northern Ireland and two from Scotland. I think the drummer might have played in Engage and also Ensign as well at one point or that might have been someone else entirely...

Circle Again - XXX tape

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Final Joey Terrifying gig in Dundee - 18th June 2010

Joey Terrifying are calling it quits so this was the last time they were going to play in Dundee and it was a pretty good way to go...

First on were Sheilds Up from Edinburgh. Fast hardcore with chuggy bits in the vein of Champion and the like. Pretty good stuff.

Next on were Broken Few from someplace in England, melodic kinda No Idea type of thing.

Third on the bill was Sunset Squad who I haven't seen for ages, seemed less techy than before and more chunky grooves ridden in their hardcore mix.

And lastly Joey Terrifying, high energy punk/hardcore/ska partying music, lots of energy and banter, great to see lots of folk dancing and enjoying themselves. Just such a pity that this was the end...