Here’s the second album by an American new wave outfit from MT. Their first album from 1982 was called “Not Just Hearsay”, and was a more power pop rock slanted affair. For their sophomore effort, the band took it up a notch and produced a melancholic new wave synth gem with just the right amount of edge. If you can score the vinyl, which pops up from time to time at good prices, buy it on sight…A highly recommended vinyl obscurity… The download version below was remastered to CDr and sounds great. Out of print private pressing via Seal Pup Records, MT.
SIDE ONE fools for fashion can’t live on love dream time waiting for the rain
SIDE TWO out my window pretender hearts beating mile away
When I first put this on the turntable and started to hear the strumming guitar, I thought..Ah, this is going to be average at best, but to my surprise it gets progressively better throughout the six song play list. Bitter Pleasures was a Madison, Wisconsin band who fit squarely into the indie power pop classification with their incorporation of strong melodies, guitar riffing and tight vocal treatments. There’s a combination of up-tempo and mid-tempo numbers with “Respect For Silence” and “The Collision Within” being the standouts…A point of interest on this one - Butch Vig of later Garbage fame was one of the recording engineers on this obscurity…Private pressing…Out of print…
SIDE ONE my my my respect for silence idler’s lament
SIDE TWO the collision within guilt reaction for a little while
Screen 3 formed in 1980 and started out as a post punk clan, but their sound would change to a more indie pop – new wave influence as they produced more singles. There is a decent amount of information found on Wikipedia right >> HERE
This obscure extended player is upbeat indie pop wave with an abundance of harmonies.
SIDE A city of souls red dust
SIDE B come into my jungle electric shock nuts & berries
The Chapter House was an indie band consisting of three members out of the United Kingdom. From the first song “The Proud One” you will find hints of post punk and well placed synths with minimalistic virtues - - A successful formula which is consistent throughout all nine songs. This is a melancholic synth wave gem. For the vinyl collectors, this one can be found without too much digging, but there are limited quantities available. Highly Recommended…Out of print private pressing via Glass Bead Music, UK.
SIDE ONE the proud one reflections those final words the stillest hour order of the ages
SIDE TWO grounds on fire the world is a ghost the river girl’s song of times gone by
The debut album from a new wave arena rock inspired band hailing out of Denmark. After listening to the album for the first time, the main influence that the band takes on is U2, although you can hear The Mission, CWN and other passionate sonic laden guitar bands of the mid 80’s. The core of the band was a trio and their music is driving new wave oriented rock, which gives the band a forceful, powerful edge that would fit nicely in an arena/stadium atmosphere.
SIDE C the picture generations from the tower victory / everything (both songs are fused together on the album)
SIDE D soldier vicious circle the trail children leaving
Beema Duma was an all in the family based band made up of three musicians. The core of the band was a twin brother set, who started doing session work at the tender age of 14. They were 19 by the time this obscurity was released. The other member was their older sister. Through a proficient knowledge of keyboard synthesizers and guitar synthesizers, this New Jersey based band plays a thought provoking melodic set of synth driven new wave influenced music. They were also active in the local New Jersey and New York alternative club scene back in the mid 80’s. Out of print private pressing via Nuvian Records, Milford, NJ.
Here’s another fine vinyl obscurity that sports a gloomy new wave post punk vibe. Zircon Lounge was from Singapore and put out this exceptional set of ten songs with a top drawer vocalist at the helm in Chris Ho. For the vinyl collectors, this LP comes with an artful inner sleeve fold out with lyrics, photos of the band and all sorts of sketched drawings…Highly Recommended…Out of print vinyl pressing. Upon further research, I found a lengthy but interesting write up and review of the album’s songs and band’s history…. HERE (http://rockinthefinecity.blogspot.com/2008/06/zircon-lounge-regal-vigor.html) REGAL VIGOR SIDE shivers, shivers myself to myself savior tight rope sweet jane
POINT OF DEPARTURE SIDE 4 hours chanachai cover your eyes strangers sweet jane (version) blind faith DOWNLOAD ME
This scarce indie power pop obscurity was produced and engineered by key talents in the genres of alternative pop and indie rock – Don Dixon and Mitch Easter respectively. There’s a mix of both power pop and alternative rock elements on this s/t affair, with guitar jamming, vocal melodies and hints of jangle on the last song. The band consisted of four members – Bob Northcott, Chris Chamis, Gardner Govan, Robert Keely. In what seems to have been their only output, the band looked to have a base of operation in the mid Atlantic region of the US. Out of print private pressing via Moonlight Records, NC.
Formed in late 1987 in Massachusetts, Shadowplay took their name from the Joy Division song of the same name and consisted of two members – Peter Odd and Robert Belvedere. Both of their musical influences range from Joy Division and Iggy Pop to Roxy Music and Ultravox…This is a scarce release and well worth the hunt to acquire it if you desire an obscure Joy Division post punk alternative…A somber, stripped down journey awaits.…Self produced out of print private pressing via Shadowplay Musick, MA.
SIDE – THE STRUGGLE WITHIN normandy cannae days after daze who is john galt treason within
SIDE - ANTARCTICA virginia dare december 19th bonzo’s buddy neal the city on the edge of forever the wilderness campaign *Note* – songs 9 and 10 had almost no interlude spacing, so I did a quick break..excuse the abruptness
United Kingdom’s Unity Station was formed in the early 80’s and exerts a stellar post punk gothic tinged set of guitar laced songs. This EP was a recent find for me at a local spot and I’ve already spun it 3 times…A rare piece of vinyl if you’re into collecting the wax. Upon further research, this trio’s extended player and their second one “Day After Day” are available via digital download from a variety of well known online merchants – Amazon, CD Universe, Apple iTunes and Bristol Archive Records website….You may also preview the songs at the sites…I thought I would at least continue to get the word out about this once talented band…
THIS SIDE my sin its perfect
OTHER SIDE history blind faith
*download not available due to a current reissue via digital format*
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