Here’s a slice of vinyl that I’ve had sitting around for 10+ years and recently upgraded to a cleaner copy. First things first though, let’s get the definition of Applied Science out of the way - - It is the exact science of applying knowledge from one or more natural scientific fields to practical problems. Now that box is checked, on to this little quirky set of songs. The band was from Washington State and produced this lone indie effort of eight songs before disappearing into the ether.
Interesting moments to find here, like the charged up “Bunker Song” which has the message of how our politicians will take refuge underground upon the imminent attacks to come. “Questions Answers” has some cool little electro sound effects, quacky sci fi themed lyrics and a nice little female voice here and there. We get a little Ted Koppel sample to start off the funky industrial electro standout “Action In Motion”… “Glass” changes things up with punchy synth stabs and a limited use of saxophone. “Shadows Of Fear” brings up the intensity level and again makes good use of strategically placed sound effect samples.
Definition maintains a good measure of diversity in the song structures and arrangements to keep things fresh and avoids a monotonous affair. Recommended for your listening consumption. …Out of print private pressing via Binary Records…
Questions & answers
Action in motion
Shadows of fear
The Blue Law was formed by a West coast based brother duo, MD Meloan and Steve Meloan. “Volcano” has a synth induced sweeping melody . “Oppenheimer Hat” is a meandering goofy new wave tune. “The Kind The Pharaohs Try” is a new wave rock tune with an interesting vocal arrangement. The album’s standout track is “Chickening Out”, which has industrial wave beats, lots of synth and vocoder voice sounds effects. The lyrics are also very entertaining…An oddball new wave themed vinyl with a couple of above average moments. …Out of print private pressing via Fifth Estate Records…
The kind the pharaohs try
Oppenheimer Hat (reprise)
Here’s Pagan Myth’s very rare gothic rock full length wax - Moonrise. The group was based out of Southern, CA and had a female lead vocalist. There are a variety of instruments in play here – Organ, Maracas, Sleigh Bells, Tambourines, Flute, Saxophone, Organ, Drum Programs and Guitars. They are all put to exquisite use in what turns out to be a hefty package of nine dark gothic soaked songs.
The lead off track “Repossessed” is a fantastic dirgelike gloom and doom gothic rock gem. “No Soul” and “Victims Of Love” glide along at a hypnotic rate with the ever present deep and dramatic female vocals of band leader Elizabeth Frost…The second side begins with the flanging guitar effects of “Walk Across The Thunder”. Gothic synthesizer effects take center stage on the atmospheric “The Fall”….The title track is quite good with its enchanting vocal treatments. The final song is the instrumental “Dirge”, a somber sounding short piece that would be heard at a funeral.
Moonrise is a mesmerizing masterpiece. It comes highly recommended for fans of independent DIY gothic darkwave. …Out of print private pressing via Nuclear Waste Records…
victims of love
walk across the thunder
flyin parts 1&2
Debut release from this eccentric musical character out of Huntington Beach, CA in the late 70s early 80s. Odd maneuvering and quirky twists greet you with the lead off “Movie In My Dreams”…A subpar cover version of “Wooly Bully” is next…Side Two commences with the stand out space age sci fi minimalistic synth ramblings of “Boring Beings” and follows suit with “Motion”, a funky minimal wave anomaly. …Out of print private pressing via UEQ Records…
Wistful power pop new wave melodies a plenty on this obscurity out of Winnipeg, Canada. The Cheer started with four members and achieved modest regional success as a cover band. After some supporting gigs with Nazarath and KD Lang to name a few, they promptly created this one off effort of original material. Looking for a forgotten power pop vinyl nugget to fill the itch, this should do it. Consistently well executed songs for an independent. …Out of print private pressing via Rotifer Records…
Courtesy of AllMusic.com:
“Singer and drummer Chris Maxfield and singer and multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Peterson brought their talents together professionally around 1980. The Canadian duo quickly added two other gifted artists to their lineup: guitarist Stan Lee Sandblaste and bassist Randy Hadubiak. Together, the foursome became known as the Cheer. The rock band played numerous local clubs, then began to travel to other gigs, even landing a few shows opening for favored acts like K.D. Lang. In 1985, the Cheer recorded a debut album titled Swimming to Work. It was released under the Rotifer Records label. A year later, the group had a small amount of success with one of the album's singles, "Shot With Our Own Guns." Maybe part of the attention the song drew was because of the video made to go along with it. Both offerings were about the racial injustice in South Africa. "Shot With Our Own Guns" was the first and last single the band released. Most of the music world took little notice, and after a short time, the Cheer's members went their separate ways.”
Don’t even know what I want
Just another crisis
When I was a kid
That’s my heart
Sense of direction
Last quarter mile
Nothing to read
If you want something done get a busy man to do it
Missionary is by no means a rare record, but there is an obscure nature about it. I found this for a few dollars at a local record store and was pleasantly surprised when the vinyl started to spin. Tribal rhythms with trance like echoing female vocals work their groovy magic on the appealing lead off “Desire”….Then there is the charged up darkwave melodies of “Kazan”. On Side Two, the EP takes an alternative approach with “Island Of Red Light”, but maintains good synth work. “Genre #2” continues with doses of crunchy guitars and an above par female vocal delivery, which is almost gothic sounding. Raid the spare change container and pick this modestly priced obscurity up. Recommended. …Out of print via Passport Records…
Happy New Year…2013 starts off with a bang courtesy of this rarity from The Conservatives, who were based out of Southern, CA in the early 80’s. Bos D Plaen starts with two KBD synth punk influenced stormers called “Psycho Surgery” and “IRA Fight Song”. Listen carefully to the vocals of “Psycho Surgery”, they are a treat…the chorus is “I want to cut you up lobotomy”… Then it slows down with the melancholic arrangements and pleasing female backing vocals of “Sociology 104”…Side A ends with “Kidnap”, which is a stunning little electro fueled science fiction themed tune.
Side B kicks off with “We Got The Bomb”, which has a quick punk pop influenced tempo intermixed with political ramblings of bombing our cold war friends, a product of the 80’s world relations landscape. Generous helpings of killer synths permeate the mix as well! Next up is the hypnotic meanderings of “Erotica”….Followed by “Century of Machines” which has an industrial wave baseline coupled with the gloom and doom vocals of the domination of the machines - they are going to take over! We close with the synth rock of “Ruthy”, which could have fit into the soundtrack of a cult movie ala Rocky Horror....
Bos D Plaen is a thrilling ride, DIVE IN!!! …Out of print private pressing via Lunatech Records…
IRA fight song
We got the bomb
Century of machines
→ This blog will focus on private and independent releases that are out of print from the 1980s alternative music scenes - new wave - minimal synth - post punk - power pop - darkwave - electro - experimental - avant garde - coldwave - gothic - indie rock - industrial wave - All records are sourced from my personal collection, unless noted otherwise.
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