Here’s an unknown album by a Canadian independent band based out of Toronto, Ontario. I’ve tried to find information on them, but to no avail. Impassioned vocal treatments with an abundance of up-tempo guitar driven indie pop inspired arrangements is what you will find here. Standout tracks include the catchy riffs of “Sincerely” and the urgency of “Now Or Never”… An above par indie guitar rock obscurity that turns in an entertaining set of songs. Out of print private pressing via Attention Records.
SIDE ONE somewhere sincerely it’s happening fire engine
SIDE TWO blue umbrella man diamond mind now or never
I found this obscure synth wave video while poking around the internet researching another group from down under. It’s quite interesting in a pure 80’s synth pop way, so I tried to find more info about the Australian group but came up unsuccessful.
Can anyone fill in the missing details about this group? It would be appreciated…
CXEMA was an industrial based indie band out of Boston, MA…The band was founded by Danny Lee and included another member by the name of Doug Vargas, who had previously played guitar for alternative Boston band The Young Snakes…CXEMA creates a unique mix of melody, metal, electronics and sound effects…They headlined the Boston area alternative clubs for several years in the mid-late 80’s and opened for Nine Inch Nails and Chris & Cosey….This four song extended player is a pure industrial romp and seems to be quite obscure these days… Released as a die cut sleeve with minimal artwork…Out of print private pressing via D-Fi Records.
Here’s an unknown and rare 7” from Providence, Rhode Island. It’s minimal, has touches of industrial, contains bits of electro, has a female vocalist, exudes quirkiness and is essentially DIY. What more can you ask for….. Out of print private pressing via Banana Productions.
What If Thinking was an American based band consisting of four members, and having a female lead vocalist at the helm. You will hear heavy doses of synths coupled with jittery female vocal arrangements. “Realty People” is outstanding with its sauntering electro back drop arrangement and spoken word sound effects. “Money and Love” ends things with its funky electro route...This one can be scarce to track down... Out of print private pressing via Dauncy Records.
Here we have a fantastic female laced synth pop single out of the United Kingdom ….This little obscurity contains two very infectious songs complete with an early 80’s drum machine and heavy duty synth lines…Out of print private pressing via Floppy Records.
Current Rage was an early-mid 80’s four member indie alternative band based in Georgia. Combining ringing guitar hooks with short straight forward compositions, and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from their post-punk upbringing, Current Rage simultaneously sounds traditional and modern. Though there are no overt innovations in their music here, Current Rage carved out an underground identity and came up with an above average album for such an obscurity. The album art work is cool too! This vinyl is very rare and does not surface often. Out of print private pressing via Entertainment On Disk.
SIDE 1 right side of the brain waikiki bitte schuen (beat to shame) sweet torture
SIDE 2 scream in the dark my dog, sam looking through gels
Partisan Grey was a Manchester, England based sextet that produced this radio friendly anthemic single. The delivery and arrangements sound like White China or even the more well known Vitamin Z type of stuff, with soaring vocals and big choruses. Vinyl comes with a group poster fold out…Out of print private pressing via Wasted Music.
SIDE 1 keep your dreams a secret love game (version)
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