Saturday, March 1, 2014

FOUR REISSUED LPs PART 1 OF 2

DIVISION FOUR - 1983 DEMO CASSETTE 12" (Smart Guy)
Many of the "overseen" punk records that get reissued today, receive attention just because the music was written during the golden era of punk and not because it's something great. This vinyl reissue of Division Four’s demo definitely stands out with it's frantic style of synth-driven post-punk. The six songs were orginally released on a tape in 1983. Soon later the band broke up. It took thirty years until Smart Guy has now finally reissued the recordings on a piece of vinyl. Perth-based five-piece Division Four took the sound of early Aussie punk groups like The Chosen Few, Young Identities or Just Urbain and merged it with a healthy dose of British post-punk somewhere between Crisis and The Fall. With the help of an undercurrent of paranoid and dark synth melodies the tracks develop a charismatically refreshing sound. The snotty, youthful vocals are another main secret. Don't miss this obscure Australian punk classic. (Listen to it here)

J.T. IV - COSMIC LIGHTNING LP + DVD (Drag City)
J.T. IV is the moniker of Chicago based outsider artist John Henry Timmis IV. This collection features songs taken from several 7"s released during the 1980's plus some later discovered recordings. "Cosmic Lightning" orginally came out in 2008 and got recently repressed by Drag City. The recordings can be devided into two musical categories: The first consists of sleazy protopunk rhythms, walls of noisy guitars, blazing 70s punk riffs, catchy glam-rock choruses and charismatic vocals. The second offers a unique take on accoustic folk and country music. What all songs have in common is a unique and really weird formula. So many bands claim to play an instantly distinctive sound, but J.T. IV are distinctive in the true sense of the word. Even though the music totally stands on it's own it's spirit is comparable with Mike Rep & The Quotas and early 90s Columbus bands. The DVD contains "Cannibal Orgy", an insane splatter movie directed by John Henry Timmis IV. He also plays a title roll and the film features a J.T. IV live performance. (Listen to it here)
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SENSATIONS' FIX - FRAGMENT OF LIGHT LP (Superior Viaduct)
Sensations' Fix were a space-rock group from Florence, Italy who put out several LPs during the 1970s. They later moved to the USA. Their debut album "Fragment Of Light" originally came out on Polydor in 1974. The record is mainly based on a mix of spacy synthesizer simphonies and free wheeling guitar leads. The songs take you up in the stratisphere and leave the impression, that heaven is closer. Percussion, drums and sporadically used airy vocals remain in the background. Sensations' Fix create instrumental themes, that recall both the cosmic sound of German krautrock like Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh and Amon Düül II as well as the virtuosity of British prog-rock. The plain but brilliant production provides an pleasant contrast to the peacful, warm and clean sound of Sensations' Fix' thrilling soundscapes. A true masterpiece of 70s space-rock! (Listen to it here)

TALULAH GOSH - WAS IT JUST A DREAM? 2xLP (Damaged Goods)
Talulah Gosh were a British pop-punk group, that excisted from 1986 to 1988. During this short period they put out six 7"s and became one of the leading heads of the twee pop movement along with The Pastels, Primal Scream and The Soup Dragons. This double LP is a compilation of all Talulah Gosh tracks plus their demo and radio sessions. All in all, it offers 29 songs by this Oxford based five-piece. The band has created a unique style of indie-punk that fuses the '60s girl group melodic flair of The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las  with the directness of The Ramones and a strong '80s pop sensibility. Things are based on a clear semi-accostic guitar-sound, plain drum beats, plenty of sugar sweet, female vocal harmonies and lyrics, that will immediatley put a smile on your face. From a present point of view the music stills sounds astonishing fresh. You can hear obvious similarities to modern groups like Dum Dum Girls, Veronica Falls and Pains Of Beeing Pure At Heart but with the important difference that Talulah Gosh are the original inventor of this kind of music. (Listen to it here)