OTHER ROCK SHOW with Marina Organ - Resonance 104.4FM, London.
28th 2006 - special PESTIVAL show. Not sure what Pestival is? Go check
website - www.resonancefm.com
(Pestival was a week long celebration of instects)
PHANTOMSMASHER - Bishop Hopping (Ipecac)
CARDIACS - Insect Hoofs On Lassie (Alphabet)
MIRIODOR - The Caterpillar Tamer" (Cuneiform)
WHIMWISE - The Spiders Understand
THE SEA NYMPHS - Sarah On A Worm (Alphabet)
UPSILON ACRUX - 45 Seconds (Beez Kneez)
BIG NUMBERS - Do Not Wake The Sleeping Locust (demo)
THE BOREDOMS - TV Scorpion (Wiiija)
THE STIKMAN - Hot Pink Life (demo)
CARDIACS - Pilf/An Ant - live (Alphabet)
TRENCHER - Erotica Of Flies (Victory Garden)
LIARS - Bingo! Count Draculuck (Mute)
THE LOCUST - Pulling The Christmas Pig By The Wrong Pair Of Ears (Anti)
BOUD DEUN - Spider (Cuneiform)
MASTODON - March Of The Fire Ants (Relapse)
INNER RAGE - Twin Claws (demo)
OCEANLAND WORLD - Bug From Heaven (Alphabet)
CARDIACS - The Stench Of Honey (Alphabet)
TARANTULA HAWK - Tarantula Hawk (Neurot)
week's Other Rock Show information
A large proportion of everything Tim Smith writes has bugs in it, hence
the preponderance of Cardiacs today. Tim, who has always seemed wonderfully
sympathetic to small creatures, once reminded us all that a greenfly was
a glorious creature: 'imagine if it was the size of a dog! You'd go, wow,
its one of those things' and you certainly wouldn't squash it. My garden
has been riddled with the things ever since. 'Insect Hoofs On Lassie'
is about attaching dead insect legs to a plastic model of Lassie, I think.
There is an instrumental version around for bellowing 'And carrying a cluster
of Bee Eggies in the centre of she' along to. Tim got the entire Astoria
to dance to a silent version of this, once.
Stench of Honey has a 'tiny fly' in it. 'An Ant' is a Cardiac Arrest
song so ancient most of us hadn't even heard of it before it was played
during the Special Garage Concerts of 2003 (which have come out on 2 CD
albums called 'The Special Garage Concerts Vol I and II" - available only
from www.cardiacs.com). Tim is ranting at Jon Poole, who is in the audience.
World is a Tim Smith solo project from around '93. Fantastic album, again
only available from Cardiacs (unless you're very lucky to find one in a
Sea Nymphs is a Cardiacs spin off, originally Tim Smith, Sarah Smith and
William D Drake.
are a French Canadian band who have released several fine albums on Cuneiform.
is the band project of Nick May, English progressive composer with a pedigree
in bands such as The Enid, Dagaband and Tamarisk. The only spider to be
wary of in the UK (aside from an incredibly rare diving one that eats sticklebacks)
is the bright orange one that lives under rocks and eats woodlice. The
woodlouse spider has, if you take a look, absolutely enormous fangs in
comparison to other spiders its size. Well, it eats crusty armoured woodlice.
It can actually bite you (unlike most UK spiders). I didnít know this until
recently, picked them up loads of times in the past. I suppose you really
have to annoy them (like the diving beetle that gave my finger a bite that
lasted a year ).
Acrux are an outstanding American outfit, 'possibly the most avant garde
rock band in the world' (or at least the tightest). There's a Red Tailed
Bumble Bee nest just outside our back door. It's gone from one big female
flying in and out to bleedin Heathrow Airport in a month. Bumble bees make
small colonies in mouse holes and sheds... the workers come in a range
of sizes. They are absolutely harmless and wonderful things. Big bumblebees
with white tails are often Cuckoo bees, laying eggs to be brought up by
Red Tails and other species.
Big Numbers... we have a demo from 2003, and havenít heard anything since.
We think they're from New York, we have nothing but the email address on
the slip cover:
Boredoms... what can you say.... this was from the 'Soul Discharge' album
Stikman is another lost one... only got this one download four years ago,
all I know is they're slightly connected with Idiot Flesh/Sleepytime Gorilla
Museum and maybe Darling Freakhead - so probably based in Oakland California.
Lots of bands with this name, so a bit of a Googlebuster. "Hot Pink Life"
is a small epic about the below-tabletop world of Bleagh the booger, Lola
the blob of bubblegum and a naughty fly. Anton the spider gets in on the
act too. All together now: 'He pierced her/ with his proboscis!/ He pierced
her/ with his proboscis!!!!" etc.
are from London, they do this stop-start weirdass noise live... as do
Locust - a big influence on Trencher!
Liars don't have any songs named after invertebrates, but the mesmerising
video to 'Bingo! Count Draculuck' - directed by Angus Andrews from the
band - stars a harvestman, those things with the impossibly spindly legs.
A Harvestman is not a spider at all, though you can call it a daddy-long-legs
if you like (I'd keep that for Crane Flies). Sitting in the garden one
day, I spotted harvestman dragging a dead or stunned spider along the paving,
and remembered hearing that not only are they not spiders themselves,
they hunt them down and have incredibly toxic poison (but can't bite anything
tougher than a spider...).
Deun are still available on Cuneiform Records, who have an excellent website
with loads of info on all their bands www.cunieform.com
are getting big now... this was from their earlier album... they haven't
sold out or gone less complex (UNLIKE SOME WUSSES I COULD MENTION, talking
to you Dillinger Escape Plan! Have you seen the new video?!!! WTF happened
there?). I'm glad we don't have Fire Ants in the UK, they sound like trouble.
I could quite happily watch ants doing stuff all day. If you have trouble
with ants coming into your house, don't put bug killer everywhere (you'll
be breathing it in forever and it wont stop them). Follow the line back
to the nest, put a banana skin or apple slices in a pile in a direction
opposite to attract them away, ten put vinegar down across their trail.
Ants hate vinegar.
Rage are a London based band who have an all-too-common name but a great
line in tight, complex, mega heaviness. They're working on an album with
members of the sadly missed Miocene, so that sounds hopeful.
Hawk are magnificent and doomy and are named after (I think - might be
getting my birds mixed up) a species of desert hawk that live in packs
and are the only bird to hunt and live communally that way. Gits! The proper
tarantula is some kind of big European spider that was supposed to have
a nasty bite, but has been appropriated for those big Amazonian ones. Donít
ever drop one of those on the floor, they burst like a balloon...