Saturday, 19 March 2011
Ssssoooooo, back in the mists of time I played guitar in a band called redrighthand. Starting around 1998, we were a bit of a mish-mash of extreme doom/drone, Melvins riffs and improv electronic hoo-hah. We played around a bit, and then in 2001 we split so I could leave the country for a year or so to study in your fine United States. Nothing was recorded of this line-up, but we made a definite emotional impact on people as audience members would frequently be driven to tears or just stunned 'what-just-happened-there??' type faces.
Fast forward to late 2002/early 2003 and the band recovened with a more streamlined line-up - just one guitar, bass, drums and vocals - once I had returned, and set about demolishing small buildings and frightening animals and women with our low-end thudding, droning, assault.
THIS time, an album was recorded - in mid 2004 - and we awaited its release eagerly..........and waited.......and waited.....
It never came. The band broke up due to lack of direction following the non-emergence of the record, our vocalist moving to Sweden, and my erratic moods and general instability.
Over the years, people asked me about the album repeatedly, and I made a LOT of copies of it for folks. Finally I figured 'FUCK IT' and asked my good friend Al at the wonderful 'At War With False Noise' label in Scotland if he wanted to put it out there, which is what has happened now.
You can buy 'they sang and chanted for hours, then the locked-in hundreds set themselves ablaze' by redrighthand here, and check out any bits and pieces of related crap i can dig up - flyers, photos, live recordings - here at my OTHER blog.
The CD is in an edition of 500, and when it's gone - or near-enough gone - I'll put the thing up online for free download.
It's been a fucking relief to get it out there after all the time, blood, sweat and tears that went into it, and I hope that people dig it. Check out a preview of the first track up above and please buy it if you want it.
Now, anyone know any drummers?
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Hell's Donkeys, I've really let things slip. It's been a while since I posted here OR over at Illcon, but, well, I've been busy having a thing called a 'life'. Yeah, you may have heard of 'em.
Aaaanyhoo, nuthin' special here, just wanted to update the list of reviews that I've done over at The Sleeping Shaman. I'm sure no-one cares but me, but it helps me keep track of what I've been doing. There are some li'l gems in here - Ultraphallus, locrian, Rat King and Drug Honkey all spring to mind - and a coupla real stinkers. Btw, sorry to report, but I think the new Earth album is one of 'em. Boooooooorrrrrrrring, one-dimensional and stagnant. Yeah, I'm controversial.
So, let's get crackin'...in the order in which they were published....
Throne Of The Void In The Hundred Petal Lotus - Demo 2010
MONE¥I$GOD 'M.A.R.K.Z' CD
Del Rey 'Immemorial' CD/LP
High Watt Electrocutions 'The Bermuda Triangle' CD
Locrian 'The Crystal World' CD/LP
Earth 'A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra-Capsular Extraction' CD
Danishmendt 'Un Passé Aride' CD
Hull 'Viking Funeral' EP
The Construct 'Titan' CDEP
Double Space - ST 12"
Rat King 'Larva' CD
Poison Deluxe 'The Dead Tree Blues' CD
Drug Honkey 'Death Dub' CD
Earth 'Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1' CD/LP
Tree Of Sores - S/T CDEP
o.68 'Elend' CD
Ultraphallus 'Sowberry Hagan' CD
NOW THEN, I've ALSO done an interview with Drug Honkey (and Morgue Supplier) mainman Paul Gillis, which can be read here, and a live review for Scott Kelly, Steve Brodsky, Bob Wayne and Juffage at Jospeh's Well in Leeds back in december, which can be read here.
In the interests of self-promotion, I'm also linking to the first live review I ever attempted - for Ulver in London back in october 2009 - here,
and finally, you can read some more of my reviews in Bad Acid Magazine if you buy it, and check out a few online at their podcast/thing here. Also on there is my interview with the fantastic Justin Wright of the equally fantastic Expo '70, mainman of the truly cosmic (or should that be kosmiche?) Sonic Meditations label and all around good egg. Read it here!
So, that's what the hell I'VE been doing of late.