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“"This thing will not blow over...
Hedonistic musical gratification, mind adorn and for once a decent cup of coffee. Frieze? Nah, supermarkets? Nah... count to 175, locate a ginger root, create, contact and switch the other, we’re still done with undercover, this thing will not blow over... 

Well the BBC sure let John Peel day go by without a mention this year didn’t they. Thanks to everyone who tuned in to last Sunday’s Resonance FM show and thanks for all the feedback and positive response, we’ll do it again next year if we’re still here. 

These are the things that have been in our ears this week, please explore and if it sounds interesting then just hit the links and make your own minds up, our reviews and thoughts are mere signposts designed to guide you to the things you might like to feast on yourselves... don’t you just love the instant hit of the www. 

IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
MEAT PUPPETS Don’t Look Back in London - All Tomorrow's Parties/Don't Look Back Concerts have just announced that influential American grunge/country/hardcore band will play their classic second album in its entirety as part of the on going Don’t Look Back series.  Meat Puppets perform Meat Puppets II at University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, London on Thursday 4th December. More details from www.atpfestival.com or www.dontlookbackconcerts.com
 
John on the phone...
ORGAN ON YOUR RADIO - WEEKLY on SUNDAYS AT 9.00pm via RESONANCE 104.4FM in London and worldwide via www.resonancefm.com

This week’s broadcast was our small part of celebrating the 4th annual JOHN PEEL day.

Who got played this week?

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: FUCKED UP – Son The Father (Matador)
3:  RUDE MECHANICAL – Strange Times (RIM)
4:  MOHA – Karibcore (Rune Grammofon)
5:  MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI – Hot Kids (self release)
6: SEA NYMPHS – Eating A Heart Out: John Peel Session
7: MAYBESHEWILL – This Time Last Year (Field)
8: LITTLE TROPHY – They Be Ten A Penny (Toy Solder)
9: THE BOBBY McGEES – Treasure Hunting (Cool For Cats)
10: AIDS WOLF  - Tied-Up Paper (Skin Graft)
11: ORIGINAL SILENCE – Argument Left Hanging, Rubber Cement (Smalltown Superjazz)
12: JOHN PEEL and a twenty second record at wrong speed interlude
13: KILLING JOKE – Tension : John Peel Session version (Virgin)
14: SEA NYMPHS –  Sea Snake Beware : John Peel Session
15: JOHN PEEL and a typically wonderful explanation of some technical problems
16: JOANNA ROBERTSON – Gardener (Texture)
17: GLOBO – Spoilt Victorian Child (Comuse)
18: SEA NYMPHS – Lily White’s Party: John Peel Session

THE DETAILS, THE FACTS, THE LINKS.... Who got played this week? How do you find our more? More details herex

  DEMO TIME
We're just going to tell you about the very very best once a week, no more time for the average, only the most exciting - we're very very selective, when we tell you it's good then it really is goooooooood...

DEMO OF THE WEEK
INERTIA BLOOMS – Another one of those glitchy post rock bands starting to explore the boundaries and the potential, clearly early days but there’s more than a few healthy signs that that the English band maybe taking themselves somewhere new rather than just being happy with sound like all the others. Three tracks that have some character and leave us rather hopeful. Yes, rather liking this – www.myspace.com/inertiablooms

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MISPELT (TWOPOINTZERO) – Junkfood Generation – No messing straight in there tuneful shouty fem-gob street punk goodness from the midlands of England. Stiff Little Fingers, Ramones, Motorhead, Vice Squad, Girlschool - fast gobby tuneful girl-fronted punk pop and junkfood delivered with suss and attitude. Shout-a-long chorus and a take no shit kind of hit and run defiance Four songs, four fast ram raids, all good - www.myspace.com/mispelt2pointzero

MONKEY FIGHTERS – Key Rights Of Man - Early moves and raw shapes from a Bristol band with a bit of melodic Queens of The Stoneage feel - bit of a funk vibe here, bit of an indie-prog feel there, gone all hard rock and Soundgardenish now, touching on Free – all early days and a sound and style still forming. The seeds of something good may have been sown here, worth watching just in case – www.myspace.com/monkeyfighters

Last week's demo of the week - SID SINGS

Previous demo's of the week - GIRO JUNKIE / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / SEA SICK / COUNTRYSIDE / MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN / GRASSCUT / COP ON THE EDGE / WILD DOGS IN WINTER / THE LAZY DARLINGS / DEBUTANT / ARCS OF RED / LE GALAXIE / PERHAPS CONTRAPTION / BLACKLANDS / THE SANS PAREIL

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NEW ALBUMS WE’RE LISTENING TO THIS WEEK
This week the best new things we’ve been listening to were... 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
ORIGINAL SILENCE – The Second Original Silence (Smalltown Superjazzz) - Oh this is good, this is noisy Luttenbachers good, this is what we hoped for, this is not background music for when you’re trying to do other things. No animals were harmed in the making of this music, as far as we know, no honking geese or screaming wind instruments were tortured. This album has provoked an argument here about the point in making music this unpleasantly difficult to listen to, I’ve got control of the keyboard right now though and I don’t find this the least bit unpleasant. This is enjoyably stimulating - hardboiled and difficult yes, and certainly not background music to relax with or iron by, this is a churning assault of relentless beauty. Original Silence are Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Terrie Ex (The Ex), Jim O’Rourke, Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Paal Nilssen Love (TheThing, Atomic), Massimo Pupillo (Zu), they’re put together by Swedish sax player Mats Gustafsson and yes this is more of what happens when the you mix the intensity of hardcore punk with the improv spirit of John Coltrane (as someone else rightly pointed out last time around). This really is contorted hardboiled rewarding jazz punk. Ever demanding, ever thrilling, the album was recorded live in Rome in 2006. More a rhythmic thing than the drone drenches of the first album, a cacophony of shapes, of angles, glorious resonance, a glorious juxtaposition of jazz noise rock, thick with atmosphere and as long as these pieces are, they’re always going somewhere, always with some kind of focussed purpose - abstract purpose maybe but purpose all the same. A cut above your average jazz-noise improv album then - www.smalltownsupersound.com
 
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY – Is It The Sea (Domino) – Wonderful live album, a captured performance delivered with delightful clarity. Simple rewarding alt.folk or is it just folk or alt.rock, oh whatever it is this is wonderful. Simple songs, no, not simple songs, clever songs, it isn’t simple writing and playing and making it all sound this simple – this good, under that spell of his. Will Oldham AKA Bnnnie Prince Billy and mellifluous flow and beautiful spellbinding clarity. Backed by the close harmonies, flutes, whistles, percussion and warmth Harem Scarem and Alex Neilson – traditional folk players from Scotland who complimented Oldham’s craft exquisitely on his 2006 Scottish/Irish tour.  Simple, relaxed, perfect in every way - www.myspace.com/bonnieprincebilly

DEERHUNTER – Microcastle (4AD) – Well they’re back, and as you’d expect (or indeed by now demand?) they’ve evolved again. Thought we’d maybe seen the last of the Atlanta-based band but no, here they are, back and newly signed to 4AD.  Relaxed set of reflective musical colours (even when they’re claiming to have been captured by Victorian vampires with elaborate designs or desires or something beginning with d). Far more subtle this time, relaxed inward looking sound, takes a little more time to unwrap and the psychedelic adventures are somewhat reined in  - bittersweet and delicate, still with an edge though, still messing with your head, a symmetry to the whole thing that hasn’t been there before, a different path that the one you’d maybe expect Bradford Cox and his band to take, but then you’d expect the unexpected with Deerhunter wouldn’t you? Are these the more straight ahead pop sensibilities that were talked of? Eerily comforting? Far more digestible, accessible, this maybe the one that crosses them over, and you wouldn’t want them to just make another record as difficulty good as the last one right? No, you’d want them to surprise and intrigue again - www.4ad.com/deerhunter or www.myspace.com/deerhunter
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TRANSMISSION – Sublimity (Transmission) - Can’t help but notice the restrained power of the bass and drums here, stood out long before we looked to see who it was – ah, Youth and Big Paul Ferguson, the original Killing Joke rhythm section – right there with the opening track Albion, a track title that will give you more than a clue. Unmistakable heaving brooding bass-line before those drums subtly steam in and the epic keyboard/vocal drone and that ahead of their time sound that other bands came along later and built a whole career on. There’s a massive pedigree here and a band and album more than living up to it. Simon Tong on atmospheric guitar – part of the Verve line up that made Urban Hymns before he became part of the Gorillaz project and then The Good, The Bad and The Queen, The Orb’s Tim Bran on keyboards and vocals – co-founder of Dreadzone. A whole and a mass organic collective psyche played out in widescreen technicolour and yes, they do manage to blend the sum of their parts and somehow come out sounding something like you’d imagine Killing Joke doing The Orb with some Bitter Sweet Symphonies and torrents of passion and a tribal rumble of an undercurrent and all the darkness and diamond black skies.... Side sweeps of Bowie in there with the waves of cinematic soundscape and the large instrumental passages – yes, a transmission that lives up to all the promise and the anticipation and a rather impressive album that comes rather recommended – www.maliciousdamage.biz or www.myspace.com/transmissionofficial

THE BEDROOM PROJECT – The World Is Not Watching (UPR) – Whoooo, hang on, here’s something worth giving the once over twice. The Bedroom Project are from Plymouth and they’re dealing out some impressive energetic imaginative post-hardcore new wave indie rock colour (signposts to point you in a vague direction, not pigeon holes to push them in to). Plenty of character and imagination here, hints of good things like Fugazi or Cable, only hints though, The Bedroom Project are going their own way, they’re delivering it with a committed passion and a powerful melodic edgy imaginative heaviness. Strong statements, strident vocals, confident knowing band here, a band who slearly already have something a little extra to offer. www.myspace.com/thebedroomproject

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES – Destroy All Evidence (Alternative Tentacles) - Tales of American frustration and paranoia and more questions that need an answer or at least a thorn in the side. More alternative tentacle waving and the homeland taste of bile, more raging against the machine. Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith, Alloy, Jones Very) started Report Suspicious Activities “as a productive means of channeling his political rage”, a one off project that grew in to a full touring recording band. The line up now features J.Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) along with Darren Zentek and Erik Denno (both of Kerosene 454). Raging against the Bush regime, the upcoming US election, the war on terror, and a follow up to 2005’s debut. Yes they can duke it out with the best of the Reagan-era political punk outfits and yes Alternative Tentacles is their obvious home. They mix old style US hardcore rage with a DC post punk bite and a Dead Kens drive – informed, vitriolic, soulful, reflective when needed.. You can find out more via www.alternativetentacles.com

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns (Candlelight) - Not some folky singer or indeed the main accuser at some 1692 witch trial, more a full on extreme screaming goth/death/black metal outfit with a bent for the dramatic. Lots of preposterously over the top gothic keyboards, relentless pounding machine gun drums, frothing cookie monster vocals, epic passages and flights of demonic fancy and oh, is that a melodic bit with ‘proper’ singing? Actually there’s a lot of light and shade in here lurking behind the relentless extremities and as far as Death/black/call it what you will extreme metal drama goes this really is rather good - www.myspace.com/abigailwilliams or www.candlelightrecords.co.uk

PAUL J.ABBOTT - Three Left Legacies (Idiam) - A whole bag of wholesome electronic experimentation that holds the line and, as long as you’re not sharing space with cats, a musical challenge you’ll just about be able to live with. Busy buzzing and throbbing and scuttling and pulsing that counteracts the electronic caterpillar munching on the iron filings. Mutant machine music, always busy, never overwhelming, occasionally soothing (very occasionally). Contemporary experimental electronica, touching on the symphonic at times – in that Walter/Wendy Carlos way. A wind of electronic noise and howls in the wires right now. Abbott is a respected name in when it comes to the art of modern sound composition – he’s not afraid to throw in a Latin rhythm or a synthetic jazz sizzle amid the controlled chaos of the noise-art structures and the real-world sounds that convulse in a bath of jagged abrasive (often understated) electronica. Always with a musical structure rather than mere noise-art, this album has apparently been four years in the construction. Further investigation via www.idiam.co.uk

KILL THE CLIENT – Cleptocracy (Candlelight) - Raging and blistering out of Dallas Texas in a shit storm of growling relentless extreme metal wound-opening wholesome musical violence. No idea what they’re grinding on about, no time to stick around and work it out, the sound of a million napalm deaths, bullet proof vultures, agraphobic nosebleeds and not much time for flower picking – www.myspace.com/killtheclient

MARTUTA – In Narcosis (Candlelight) - Some frothing yapping yelping cookie monster extreme metal band who make Kill The Client sound like Bon Jovi’s plumber in comparison. Floridian grindcore deathsplat metal violence and good it is should you be in the mood and such – www.myspace.com/maruta

INCASSUM – The Beckoning (Casket) - Forceful powerful dark melodic modern female-fronted metal that bites and growls when it needs to. They’re from Manchester, they’re dark, heavy, technical, melodic and here’s the link - www.incassum.com

ROBIN TAYLOR – Isle Of Black (Transubstans) - Classic treasure box of proper 70’s prog and a new solo album from prolific multi-instrumentalist Robin Taylor. Recorded in 2007 and once again, as is often the case with this often interesting label, you’d swear if was a lost album from the mid 70’s - the kind of thing collectors of the obscure would talk in hushed tones of when gathered together around Mellotrons in dark corners. A forty minute six track pleasure, mostly instrumental and most of the time floating and gently driving somewhere near a classic mix of Van Der Graaf Generator and mid 70’s Pink Floyd. The melodic touch of early Marillion or Camel, some really nice saxophone and a whole set of really enjoyable moods. And just when you think you have it worked out, some delicate electronica or whole passages on authentic jazz. A classic old school instrumental prog rock album that comes rather recommended – www.progressor.net/robin-taylor

HELGRIND – Religious Persecution (Casket)  - Well “Religious Persceution” is what it actually says on the front cover, press release says Persecution though, guess we’ll go with the press release and... Well they’ve been hanging around the lower divisions for eight or so years now and their music still has no real identity. Helgrind are a band with an ever shifting style that’s constantly moved around the aggressive thrash metal spectrum as line ups evolved. They’ve gone from being a Testament, Slayer kind of band to a Pantera kind of band to this new album and something that’s trying to be everything to all things extreme aggressive metal while not really being anything to anyone. Bits of thrash, bits of blackish deathish metal, bits that touch on hardcore metal, bits of moody reflective Metallica melodic metal. They’re not bad at all this, no real personality of their own though. Helgrind are going to need to inject something of their own sometime very soon - a bit of x factor, a bit of their own musical personality, a little something that takes them a little further than this competent, professional sounding, rather faceless standard issue lower division thrashy aggressive metal that they’re happy to be churning out right now - still they made a record, they're in  aband, they're living the dream, having a blast, maybe they are happy with that?  www.helgrind.co.uk
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FLOWING TEARS – The Kingdom Gone (Ascendance) -  The pain and tears of the rain of a thousand years or something like that... More of that female fronted melodic mildly symphonic neo-prog Euro goth-metal, this time from Germany and here you go you gothy creatures searching for light in the pain of night -  www.myspace.com/flowingtearsofficial

I HATE KATE – Embrace The Curse (D2) - That bloke from California out of the rather faceless Zebrahead switching bandwagons with some faceless slightly new wave flavoured radio friendly US indie pop... www.myspace.com/ihatekate

THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE - Monuments (Lifeforce) - Hailing from Lancaster PA, wherever the hell Lancaster PA is, don’t ask me, we’re not here for Geography lessons are we? Another onslaught of yelping mommy-I-stepped-on-a-pin screaming metal, hang on I need a cup of tea – kettle on, lets clean up the mess here. More metalcore screaming and modern yelping and throw everything in there with the technical riffing and the brutal breakdowns and haven’t we heard all this before somewhere? All that Norma Jean, All That Burns, A Life Once Lost stuff? Sure, they can play and they’re tight and their sound is packed and yes we have heard it all before...  I guess they do this metalcore thing as well as everyone, now let me drink this tea and throw this CD on the pile over there never ever to be played again – was there a point to this album? Or this review? What is the damn point here all you same old same old conforming metal bands! www.lifeforcerecords.com

THE PADDINGTONS – No Mundane Options (Mama Bear) - Well we did have a lot to say but what’s the point? We’ll keep it short, why waste ink? Dated tired sub-Clash London fashion-punk Camden/Hoxton pedestrian politeness and predictable and about as punk in terms of sound, attitude and anything else as Phil Collins on his damn pogo stick (again). Kind of embarrassing when this is offered up as the sticky fingered voice of London punk rock next to the chemistries of common life coming from elsewhere around the globe right now. They have songs like Punk RIP and What’s The Point In Anything New. According to the NME they’re “pissing rage, filth and fury”, while that tit encrusted bastion of musical opinion the Daily Star tell us they “fuse the viciousness of the Sex Pistols and the wisdom of The Clash”. Must just be us who have it wrong then. This is like drinking yesterday’s left over cheap supermarket own-brand larger, the musical equivalent new Guy Ritchie movie... And I’d thrown it on so wanting them to finally live up to all the hype – www.myspace.com/thepaddingtons
 
Last week's album of the week - RELIGIOUS KNIVES

Previous album's of the week - F*CKED UP / NISENNENMONDAI / HILDE MARIE KJERSEM / GRAILS / BEATGLIDER / UNIVERS ZERO / CONSTANTINES / YOUNG WIDOWS / AMANDA PALMER / LUSTMORD / SLIPKNOT / HEY COLOSSUS / ROSE KEMP / VESSELS / ELEPHANT 9 / DOSH / KAYO DOT / SAY BOK GWAI
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LIVE
Bang out of time this week....
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Live previously - SHEARWATER / 12 DIRTY BULLETS / TO THE BONES / THE BOBBY McGEES / ROSE KEMP / ANARCHISTWOOD / RUDE MECHANICALS / GIRLSCHOOL/ BONKERSFEST ‘08 - NOUGHT / GERTRUDE / BLUEZZ INTOXICATED / FIGHT LIKE APES / ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS / DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS / VILE IMBECILES / QUEEN ADREENA / PURE REASON REVOLUTION /HARVEY MILK / OXBOW 

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
Oh no time this week....
  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
THE RAYOGRAPHS – Hidden Doors (Everyone We Know) – Stark sparse warmth and a feral starkness, three girls with their moody debut single, bit of a Jefferson Airplane Feed Your Head thing going down, touch of Breeders. A debut seven inch single in hand painted artwork. Dark blue and deep violet sounds, strangely good bass lines, narrative impressions, Siouxsie swirls and out in the forest folk drifts, with maybe a touch of something Patti Smith (or Rose Kemp), there’s an elegance to their enchanting mystery, a seductive come here and see what we’ve got, dark and dense and brooding and something good brewing here – www.myspace.com/therayographs

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RAY – Cut Our (Pito) – A smoldering Pulp of a thing, brooding powerful smoothly edgy epic indie rock and a triumphant bright new heart of a proud song, is this Ray’s finest moment yet? Certainly impressive – www.raytheband.com

DANIEL LAND & THE MODERN PAINTERS – Within Boundaries / Benjamin’s Room (Sonic Cathedral) – Double A sided single and an impressive celebration of that refined floaty cloudy 4AD sound and all good things Slowdive or Cocteau Twins – pure and simple while alive with crafted emotional detail – www.soniccathedral.co.uk

AIRBOURNE – Diamond In The Rough (Roadrunner) – The bastard sons of Bon Scott, and nevermind no new AC/DC album, here’s where the real gritty barroom brawling dirty deeds done dirt cheap action is, stick your finger in this honey!  -  www.airbournerock.com

EXIT CALM – We’re On Our Own (Club AC30) – This is exceptionally good, you expect good from the AC30 team, this is one of their most impressive releases yet. Unashamed epic euphoric creamy intensity, a calm soothing breath of fresh air and a whole raff of classic 4AD, Echo And the Bunnymen, Remy Zero style references dusting off the cobwebs and washing away the feelings. The Yorkshire band more than enhance their growing reputation with this refreshingly fine single – www.myspace.com/exitcalm or www.myspace.com/clubac30

SILVERY – Action Force / The Nod (Blow Up) – More of their Victorian gentleman’s club brit pop, Action Force is a catchy slice off the London band’s well received recent album. The Nod is a previously unreleased goodness and one of their best tracks - if ever there was a model of a modern major general and all the Sparks that fly and the bits of early Blur and XTC and Jules Verne adventure – www.blowuprecords.com or www.myspace.com/silverytheband 

MAYBESHEWILL / HER NAME IS CALLA – split single (Field) – Two tracks from Maybeshewill and one from Her Name... Maybeshewill are starting to evolve, their 65Days style glitchy post rock is starting to take on a character and the ambition that was maybe missing in previous times. Still very much an established post-rock style and an Explosions/65Days thing and still very much that nice euphoric thing, just something a little more developing now. Her Name Is Calla’s contribution is their expressive mood-switching seventeen minute epic Condor & River – a moody emotional slowly uncoiling tour de force of a piece that really is something to behold. www.field-records.com or www.myspace.com/maybeshewont or www.myspace.com/hernameiscalla

WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T – Violence (Distory) – Back for more and they’re rocking like the best girls do again. A no messing, abrasive grungy scuzzy punk rock bite from Scotland and we can’t help but say they’re one for you fans of bands like L7, Babes in Toyland or the raw edges of Hole. We rock do rock, they rock with confident strident bite and Scottish band are sound better than ever with this scuzzy edgy howl of a new single - www.myspace.com/werocklikegirlsdont

HAYMAN, WATKINS, TROUT & LEE – Fine Young Cannibals/That’s Why She Left Me (Fortuna Pop)  - More of their London based Americana and melancholic alt.country and fiddles and banjoa and racing for gold – www.fortunapop.com

Last week's single of the week - THE KABEEDIES

Previously - VOICEsVOICEs / THE QUARRY / F**K BUTTONS / THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF US / FRIGHTENED RABBIT / THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART / DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN / PRINTS / PETALS ON A WET BLACK BOUGH / LITTLE JACKIE / MARY EPWORTH AND THE JUBILEE BAND / ART IN EXILE / MOGWAI / Z's / ONE DAY AS A LION

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

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PREVIOUSLY - THE BUG / TEMPORARY RESIDENCE / WOODBOX GANG / ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES / EX-GIRL / DELIA DERBYSHIREF**KED UP / THE REVELLIONS / LIZ PHAIR / OASIS / THE CLOUD ROOM / HERZOGA / THE MELVINS / SHEARWATER / THE REAL McKENZIES / VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / SIGOR ROS / VASECTOMY EGGS NAILER / FAT WRECK, ME FIRST... / THE DANDY WARHOLS  / SKIN GRAFT RECORDS / WIRE / BUTTHOLE SURFERS  / CARDIACS

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
EXODUS – Let There Be Blood (Zaentz) - The originals, Eggs at us - copyright R.Cruncher -  now what are we meant to make if this? San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Exodus have re-recorded their classic 1985 debut album, Bonded by Blood. Here’s how Gary Holt sees it "After many years in the planning and discussion stage, we have finally completed the re-recording of 'Bonded By Blood'. We have decided to call it 'Let There Be Blood' and it is our way of paying homage to Paul Baloff (the former Exodus vocalist who passed away in 2002) by showing how relevant these songs we had written together still are. We aren't trying to replace the original; that's impossible anyway. We are just giving these songs the benefit of modern production. It's something we talked about before Paul's death and it's always been important to us to do. We were super-excited about entering the studio once again to record these classics, and now it's back to writing the next studio record!"
Current Exodus vocalist Rob Dukes recently released the following statement (to Blabbernouth.net) regarding the band's decision to re-record Bonded by Blood: "Paul was rad, totally original. He was not like [Metallica's James] Hetfield or [Slayer's Tom] Araya. I think at times he wanted to be but he was simply himself. He had a really cool way of going up with his voice in the weirdest spots. I, myself, find it cool and original. I have been singing these songs regularly for three years now and I have totally made them my own but with all the nuances that Paul threw in. I have a different voice than Paul, so it would be kinda stupid to just mimic him, but I definitely bite his style but try to remain myself. This record is a total homage to him with modern technology and for fun. If he was around, which it is unfortunate that he is not, he would be doing this record. My life is cool now, but it was cool before I joined Exodus; I made good money had a great apartment in L.A. and I traveled everywhere and surfed regularly. Honestly, I would rather hear Paul re-record this. I will give these songs all the venom and hate I can give, and it's all for the love I have for these songs and this band. If those out there don't like it, and think it's not good, listen to the original — it will always stand the test of time."
 Well they kind of explain it all themselves, is it any good though? I mean these things never sound that good second time around do they? Bands messing with old songs and over producing them or covering then with frilly bits or whatever. Well yes, for once a band has got it right, they did it well, still smells of Hammersmith and the home of thrash (as far as England goes) that was the Hammy O back then, nights with Venom and such (classic 80’s thrash will always evoke the smell of never to be forgot nights at the O, drunken afternoons in the long gone Britannia over the road, trying to avoid the security while selling copies of Organ, Anthrax opening for Metallica, crossover nights in the beautiful wreck that was Clarendon, Forearm Smash zine, ah yes, this still smells right. And thankfully the artwork is dreadful again. To quote Mr Cruncher once more “only the most experienced 80’s head wreckers will understand the significance of the words ‘Exodus’ and ‘crap artwork’, they go hand in hand...” Yes, they’ve done it right, updated production that still has the vibe, not too much messing around with things, Rob Dukes handles the vocals well, does it right without ever sounding like a cheap copy, he sounds comfortable in the role – yes, they did ir right, bang with us! Exodus! – www.exodusattack.com or www.zaentzrecords.com

Previously: DEATHROW  / THE GATHERING / BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES / CLIFF / KILLING JOKE / THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION / BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB / DOOM / LIFE OF AGONY / DEAD HEAD / DAVID BOWIE / STUPIDS / AMEBIX / BLONDIE / THOR / STUMP / KOENJIHYAKKEI / SEBADOH / THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS  / SUN EATS HOURS / LEGION OF PARASITES / ALABAMA 3 / AHLEUCHATISTAS

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
Act Art, is getting closer, explore Act Art over at www.actart.co.uk explore, yeah yeah, I know we told you about it last week, we've had one I tell yer....

MAXWELL DAVIES ON DUMBING DOWN - Peter Maxwell Davies, the Queen's composer no less, has spoken out against 'dumbing down' and the commercialisation of culture, blaming bankers and politicians for it all. He made the comments when addressing the British Academy organised 'Composers: Who Needs Them?' conference, which took place last week. 

Davies cited the example of Damien Hirst's dead cow piece going for £10.3m at Sotheby's last month as representative of where the arts are going. "I think we can all learn from a recent auction of art as an instantly recognisable iconic commodity, where it has become part of the entertainment industry, crossed with investment banking," he said. "The artist had wit to sell a golden calf and other bejewelled trinkets, but all creative artists, in whatever branch of the arts they work, must ponder the implications of so much money scrambling after manufactured artefacts without content - with just a brand tag supposed to guarantee market value".

He continued: "Over the last decades, since Thatcher, every commodity, including culture, not only has to be approachable, but, above all, have a measurable market, or commercial value, and must be demonstrably accessible to the largest spread of public. My main concern is how this is changing the face of our musical culture. As creative musicians, we can help make people of aware of such things that threaten our future. In all styles and types of music, we must bring awareness of that upon which the politicians turn their backs, while they engage in circumscribed, schoolboy mini-debates".

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