this was (according to wiki) their second release overall, a 7″ that came out on Jade Tree about a year prior to their full-length debut, “Kill Atom Smasher” (which Fun With Earholes recently posted). anyway, we enjoyed that post so much that we decided to take a break from the barely-started Avant Records reposts and share this little gem. “real” activity probably won’t resume until the new year, so here’s a short but sweet holiday treat in the meantime.
get it here
(just for the record, although there appears to still be a “buy” link for this on the Jade Tree site, it just brings up an error message. I have a bit of trouble believing that a 15-year-old 7″ is actually still in print, but if it really is then I’ll be glad to remove this link)
we begin the “reposting” of the Avant Records releases with this classic… which probably needs no introduction.
get it here
so, apparently the owners of this one decided to take it down as well, or at least remove the posts. a bit of a weird move… I know that at least some of the people involved in that blog had been having reservations about posting in-print material… but to my knowledge, the label is defunct and the releases no longer in print… if someone is able to inform me otherwise, please do…
if I don’t hear otherwise, then I’ll most likely resume posts in the new year with the material I had picked up from that blog (not the whole catalog though, I’m afraid) – some of these records are too good to remain unavailable.
I’m briefly coming out of hibernation – with a very sharp turn from the last post – for this one: a very interesting funk record out of Chicago circa the early 70s. a lot less “sweetness and light” than most other funk bands of the era (as pointed out in this review). I guess original copies of this were pretty rare, and highly sought after in collector circles… it’s now been re-issued, so if you like what you hear here, you can pick up a less expensive copy here.
ok ok, I know I said I was taking a break… but I saw me some bands last night and it left me with a bit of renewed “vigor” for this…
that said, we’re gonna try something a little different. the fact that I saw three of these bands last night means they are all very much active at the moment. which means I ain’t gonna be a douchebag and post anything here that they haven’t already put online themselves.
I decided to go to the gig not having heard any of the bands previously (even though it would have been easy to do so) – call me old school, but I wanted to see if they would impress me “cold”, so to speak. and they all did.
I wanted to buy CDs as well, but couldn’t find anyone who was handling the merch tables during most of the gig… and when they were finished, the bar staff unceremoniously rushed everyone out of the place… but regardless, even if I had ended up with CDs, I wouldn’t have ripped and posted ’em here.
so instead, let’s hop over to their respective myspace pages and have a listen:
Rammer – from Toronto, ON. anyone into old school speed/death/thrashmetal with a slight tinge of NWOBHM should give these guys a listen.
Terratomb – from Halifax, NS. definite late-80s technical thrash vibe ala D.B.C. (a couple Terratomb members are also currently members of D.B.C.), Vio-lence, Forbidden, etc… but with speeds that some of today’s tech-metal bands should envy. the singer made a joke about how people always thought they had a drum machine – well, this drummer is so tight you could almost call him a machine 😛
Iron Fist – from Fredericton, NB. it was hard to decide which band I enjoyed the most last night, but given my own tastes these guys would probably take that “prize”… Eyehategod/Grief-style sludge/stoner/doom/whatever, but with some grind parts thrown in for good measure. amazing bassist too.
and last but not least…
Vennt – also from Nova Scotia. I ordered their 4-song ep from Divorce records/distro (and you should too) earlier this week after hearing the track on their myspace. oppressive doom/sludge of the highest magnitude, in the vein of Khanate, Khlyst, etc. they weren’t part of the gig I saw last night, but hopefully they will play somewhere near here soon as well.
another post we can blame on Jake thanks to his post of the CLE Magazine Comp. This band had two tracks on it, one of which (“nothing special”) also appears here, albeit a different version from the sound of it. what else can I say… whatever context this band may have arisen from, they came to my awareness when I was doing the whole college radio thing back in the day… they stood out to me (along with Pell Mell) as pretty much the top example of what used to be referred to as “college rock” once upon a time. I still feel basically the same way, so the prompting to revisit this brought about some pleasant memories for me and hopefully will for you as well.
broken into two parts since Z-Share also has a 100MB limit.
first seven tracks here
last seven tracks here