06 December 2008
05 December 2008
Out of all the late 90's youth crew explosion bands Rain On The Parade always seemed just that little to the left of it all while still being at ground zero and upping the kill count.Always wity and with plenty of right on the money observations such as "guest list" from the Full Speed Ahead 7" .Totally against any form of metal "3 chords" from the Body Bag 7".The guitarist played a Mosrite.Never seen such a cool guitar in any hardcore band ever (besides Al SSD's SG) and like Johnny Ramone said they do have a very unique sound.(Mosrites that is ... I don't think he ever heard ROTP).Not adverse to the 20 second thrashathon track, giving the middle finger to the scene kids.Personal reflection ... eating crow (how identifyable).2 Great 7"s though.Track em down if you can.
03 December 2008
02 December 2008
28 November 2008
25 November 2008
We we're the brainchild of 2 20 something hardcore kids.1 who'd just got a drumkit and 1 who wanted to play around with a 4 track.From memory this conversation was happening on a wednesday and by Friday lunchtime we had 1 cheap $2 microphone taped to a chair above the drumkit and another cheap microphone hung in front of the Torque 50w 1x12" combo guitar amp driven by a Boss DS-1 and Gibson SG.The drums sounded horrible like pots and pans ... not only on the recording but live too but that's exactly how we wanted it .... and didn't have a choice anyway.The bass was played through the amp or straight into the 4 track I can't remember but of course it sounded horrible.It was some cheap Fender Jazz bass copy and sounded like wet cardboard.The Spirit Bass it became known as.A hangover from Luke Crew's days as Xclaim! 'bassist'.The vocal booth was basically crouched under an old mattress in an attempt to be able to scream and not have the neighbours ring the cops sensing bloody murder was taking place.It was an ingenius idea that did absolutely nothing.I just thought it was funny making someone as uncomfortable as possible while recording vocals.... that was until I got under there.You'll find 99% of these vocals to be first takes.
I'd had enough by now and returned home hooked it up to a stereo and proceeded to "mix" it down to a normal casette to run off dub's.I think we did 25 of this one.All hand numbered on TDK D60 tapes.Anything else was an unofficial dub/bootleg/fan club release so don't pay too much for it.
The response from people we knew was somewhat positive.The response from people who didn't get it well fuck them anyway.
For some reason unknown to us talk began to reach the point of a live performance.Obviously this 2 man wrecking machine would have to be expanded into a 4 peice.Luke Crew decided to publicly cement he's reputation that he cannot do anything in a band besides sing by adopting the drummers position.I of course was well documented for my inability to sing for bands so i stayed put on the guitar slot.Chippa Youth from Disengage was recruited/told by us that he was singing.Luke Crew drafted some young prodigy of he's in to assume bass duties and we were off practicing in Luke Crews house while adding 1 additional original track penned by Chippa Youth and a splattering of cover songs.What next?Another deemo.This time we booked a couple of hours time at Arc Up studios in Mayfield whereby we recorded again on the same trusty 4 track but using this opportunity to use some battered old Shure mics to replace the $2 ones we'd broken before.
This had a much wider release by way maybe 50 copies on whatever we could get our hands on and also included a lyric sheet to sing along with.
All totalled there was 5 shows 1 riot and 1 live auction.
The famed local all ages hardcore hotspot of the Black Box in Hamilton was the site of our first and last performance.It was loose,scrat
Show #3 was moved to a loft somewhere on Hunter st after the Black Box show wa
The last time we ever played was at the Black Box in Newcastle at one of the Hardcore Superbowls.Everyone was there.perfect opportunit
For what it was and how we did it when we did it and why we did it somehow it came out ok and I had a lot of fun doing it.More so than any other band I've ever been in before or since 10 years later.After hearing some kids in Right Idea even asked me to record their demo.I did .. still have the original 'reels' from it too.
The insert we kinda copied off Poison Idea 'record colle
The cover on the first deemo was inspired by the back of the Project X 7".The old Islington Bowling Club where amongst the hookers and drug addicts many a plan for bands and zines and other assorted projects were hatched and some of the best shows in Newcastle punk rock history were held there before it got levelled and bulldozed to the ground and so began the days of the Black Box all ages shows.This was a bit of a changing point really.The people who owned the bowling club let us have show's there and basically run wild as long as we stayed off the lawn bowls greens and they sold plenty of cheap beer.It was also in kind of a bad part of town.Slap bang at one end of the red light district
A time we'll remember