Saturday, December 14, 2013

SILTBREEZE NZ REISSUES

SCORCHED EARTH POLICY - GOING THRU' A HOLE IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD LP (Siltbreeze)
Siltbreeze has become the premium address for reissues of New Zealand underground classics. This LP follows brilliant reissues by Vacuum, Axemen, Max Block, Above Ground, Victor Dimisich Band and Pin Group and it's nothing but another true must have. Scorched Earth Policy emerged from the early Christchurch scene consisting of people from Vacuum, Pin Group, Max Block, Terminals and others. In 1984 and in 1985 they produced two 12"s for Flying Nun and this whole discography is included on this collection. Scorched Earth Policy took the typical '60s garage and psych influenced sound of other Christchurch groups and fused it with some hints of surf and UK postpunk simurlar to The Swell Maps or The Astronauts. Things are based on energizing bass lines, unique snare roll beats. some violin parts and an undercurrent of warm organ harmonies. The songs are defined by mixed gender vocals made with a strong, clean female and a dark male voice. The record ebbs and flows between warm, calm sounds and dissonant freak outs. It's limited to 500 copies only, so act fast and don't miss this classic!  (Listen to it here)

THE VICTOR DIMISICH BAND - S/T LP (Siltbreeze)
The Victor Dimisich Band was a short-lived allstar group from Christchurch made up of members of Vacuum, Bilders, Pin Group and Scorched Earth Policy. They put out one impossible to find 12" in 1983 on Flying Nun and reached cult status even if almost no one owns this record. In 1988 Xpressway released a retrospective compilation 12" with songs taken from a live performance and casette recordings. Nine years later Medication compilated the songs from both 12"s on the "My name is K" discography CD. This LP is the vinyl version of this CD but with a different, better looking artwork. The a-side kicks of with the brilliant "Native Water", that melts razor-sharp 60s garage riffs and 13th Floor Elevators infused psychedelic freak outs in a really fresh and unique way. The other tracks on the a-side offer slower-paced, gloomy psychedelic ballads underlayed with shaping organ melodies. The b-side features the recordings taken from their 12" on Xpressway. Equipped with a much rougher recording the songs blast trough a unique and little bit more sunny mush of garage and psych influences. To cut a long story short: This LP combines everything, that's so great and influental about the trademark 60s revival sound of the early Christchurch scene! (Listen to it here)