Archive for April, 2008

Filler – Fourth Dimension Records – 1988

Monday, April 28th, 2008

M.Y.H.C. / Nowhere

Better Learn / Hurt To Say 

From a small  Nottinghamshire village, Filler had a great sound that was reminiscent of the 1985 D.C. scene, Rites Of Spring, Embrace and Marginal Man. Those band’s and that scene were close to the vocalist and bassist’s, Jabb’s heart, so much so that he licensed several LP’s from D.C. Olive Tree Records to be released on his on Wetspots Record Label to sell in the European territories.

This band only completed two 7″ records and one German re-release (of this record) on Limited Edition Records.

The second 7″ record was released on Vinyl Solution Records. Both these 7″s are very good indeed.

Live they were OK, but the vinyl shows some vulnerability in Fillers music which I find irresistible. My favorite 7″ record of 1988 at the time!

Heresy – Limited Edition Records 1987

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Make The Connection / Trapped In A Scene / Network Of Friends

Acceptance

1986 was a good year for cranking up the speed for punk bands over the U.K.

The U.K. Hardcore scene following on from Discharge and Disorder in the very early 1980′s, getting inspired further by ‘newly discovered’ Thrash music from the U.S. Japan and Scandinavia via tape trading circles etc.

This new breed of band with a new sound appeared to shake the punk scene up a bit. This is not to say that all the bands started off sounding this fast! The Instigators from Leeds for example started off as a respected ‘Anarcho’ band, increasing the speed and the pairs of converse trainers as the years went on.

Bands like Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Electro Hippies and Heresy led the way, and got great reactions where ever they appeared. Even countless John Peel sessions were aired with these bands, to the immense enjoyment of Peely himself.

One point to note was not many of these bands on the first wave of the U.K. Hardcore scene were from London, which made a slight change. Cities all over the country had little scenes going on, which would create a fine network of fanzines, gig venues etc. Just what the Anarcho scene used to have, but had died down a little by the mid 1980′s, this new scene started to keep it alive quite successfully for several more years.

I saw these band’s countless times and out of the bands mentioned above I enjoyed the music and adrenalin filled live performances of Heresy the most. The vocalist was jumping about all over the place, the bassist with his dreadlocks risked whiplash every time the band performed. The drummer and guitarist were well tight, keeping it all together.

This record on a German label was limited to 500 copies only and is on beautiful blue vinyl and was released when Heresy were at their most popular in 1987.

Earth Culture – The Travels Of Yan Overton cassette – Aum Music 1995

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

The Beginning / Civilization / The Travels Of Yan Overton / Mind Control / Time Slipped Away

Indebted to Vince D.I.R.T. for giving me the opportunity to share this early Earth Culture cassette with the Kill Your Pet Puppy public.

This recording from 1995 was the first installment of a concept LP that never actually got completed. Shame that, as this recording is very good with a whole heap of influences thrown in for good measure. In my mind whilst listening to the tape all the way through, I caught small bits of Pink Fairies, Gong, Hawkwind, and even a nod to 1971 era Thin Lizzy.

The concept behind ‘The Travels Of Yan Overton’ in this instalment, is of how civilization destroyed the minds of a small community after the arrival of a stranger has corrupted the minds of the young…Our hero Yan Overton sees what is happening and tries, in vain, to stop the corruption. When listening to this recording it may be handy to follow the story / lyrics below via the bigger text here here and here function below.

An interesting cameo vocal performance by Steve Ignorant, late of Crass on the last track.

Bigger text here here and here

I am hoping the next instalment of this concept LP could be recorded by Earth Culture soon, and will fall through my door at some point, thirteen years or so later than this release!

More Earth Culture on this post 86 section if you search for it.

Official Earth Culture site

Photo above – Hackney, Brougham Road Rainbow taken by Val Puppy, a picture of Val is in the post below!