Oct 2, 2013

Synth to the core

Asbestos Rockpyle 
Asbestos Rockpyle did an EP and three cassettes but the 'Police State' 45 remains their magnum opus. Singer/lead guitarist/lyricist/producer Paul R.W. Clark released cassettes on his own and contributed songs to several Mystic compilations. Anatol Sucher, who wrote the music, here, moved to Santa Cruz, where he ran a spin-off cassette label Warped West, and later recorded solo and with Fizztabs, Twelve Tablets, and Noisemoustache in S.F. Chuck Warner

Asbestos Rockpyle (Paul R.W. Clarke) with Dana DeNike. David Waldman
A side is sleepy punk with funny guitars (no rhythm - just solo) and a singer who has been practising a long time to sound like Joe Strummer of The Clash. B side has cheap synth drums and fuzzed voice; meant to be haunting, but it’s rather funny. Actually this is real bad but also entertaining. Burkhard Järisch

Asbestos Rockpyle and No Trend @ The Ritz, Washington DC, 1983
Now, this is weird. The punked-out guitarist on the cover doesn't exactly prepare one for the music – a unique amalgam with drum machine, synth, psychedelic guitar, and alternately sung and treated vocals. 'Bombs' is almost folky, but the uptempo flip has mucho abrasive power and plenty of appeal. Jeff Bale

Asbestos Rockpyle Bombs From Belfast/Police State 7" (Warped, 1983)

Asbestos Rockpyle – Police State
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Damage 
Damage was an Orlando based synthetic hardcore band started in the early 80's and playing up until the early 90's. After inventing synthesizers, punk rock and beer, Damage went on to create the entertainment mega complex called Club Space Fish and summer vacation get-a-ways called Camp Space Fish. After being caught possessing both weapons of mass destruction and the Satan cat battle wagon, Damage was considered to be too powerful to exist and was disbanded by Captain Jack Wallace, officer Pickle Nose and the ATF. They were scattered across the country to places like Atlanta, Colorado, Brooklyn, San Francisco and Okahumpka and placed on a list forbidding the members to purchase any Peavey equipment, ICBMs or humbydoos. Official site 

Damage @ Below Zero, mid-80s
Before they were disbanded, Damage toured the country 4 or 5 times opening for some of their favorite bands including the Dead Kennedys, the Adolescents, Government Issue, Battalion of Saints, SNFU, The Angry Samoans, Flaming Lips, Alien Sex Fiend, and many others… Damage released three LPs and two 7" eps. They were punched, got arrested for disturbing the peace, drove a school bus and before the bus, a station wagon with stainless steel teeth.

Damage @ The Cuban Club, 1986
When we played the warehouse, Regina made us the best chili. When we played the Electric Banana in Pittsburgh, Johnny Banana got sentimental and told us 'we had heart' as he spit in our ears and scared the hell out of us. When we played the Graystone in Detroit, Scary let us crash at his bar and at his apartment and took us swimming at the lake. When we played in Chicago at the Starluck and Exit clubs, we crashed in the old Touch and Go office and found leftover printouts of Meatmen 7" cover art, cartoons and a copy of 'The Joy of Sex' with crazy hippie illustrations and lots of good info. In Houston at the Axiom, we showered in the open, back stage while standing on a crate under a pipe that spilled out cold water. We followed the Adolescents to a party after the gig but stopped to get free subs with our counterfeit club cards and by the time we got to the party, it was busted because one of the Adolescents punched a local. And we met a lot of cool people.

Damage Synthology LP (Space Fish, 1986)

Damage – Radio Shack You Suck
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Earth Dies Burning
Earth Dies Burning was formed in 1981 in the San Fernando Valley by a group of friends ranging in age from 10 to 14: the Karlsen brothers (Jeff and Matt), Brad Laner, and the Nachmann brothers (Guy and Ron). Their success in landing gigs at the time can be traced to Brad’s precociousness (he had sat in with Vox Pop, Nervous Gender and others), Matt’s natural talent for promotion, and the extraordinary openness of the Los Angeles punk/post-punk “underground” scene at that time. It seems that only now has the time ripened, dear listener; let the sweet smell of singed terrestrial morbidity flow from the valley of the bored teenager to your ears. Remastered and on vinyl for the first time. - See more at: http://capturedtracks.com/catalog/_earth-dies-burning/ct-180-earth-dies-burning-songs-from-the-valley-of-the-bored-teenager-1981-1984-lpcd/#sthash.CKuBa9FC.dpuf 
Earth Dies Burning was formed in 1981 in the San Fernando Valley by a group of friends ranging in age from 10 to 14: the Karlsen brothers (Jeff and Matt), Brad Laner, and the Nachmann brothers (Guy and Ron). Over the years the line-up went through a few changes. Other members included Jim Goodall (aka Donki Donki Dobson), Josh Laner, Spencer Savage, Roger Silverware (aka Wilson Keppy), and Wendy Stone. 
Earth Dies Burning was formed in 1981 in the San Fernando Valley by a group of friends ranging in age from 10 to 14: the Karlsen brothers (Jeff and Matt), Brad Laner, and the Nachmann brothers (Guy and Ron). Their success in landing gigs at the time can be traced to Brad’s precociousness (he had sat in with Vox Pop, Nervous Gender and others), Matt’s natural talent for promotion, and the extraordinary openness of the Los Angeles punk/post-punk 'underground' scene at that time.Captured Tracks

Earth Dies Burning was formed in 1981 in the San Fernando Valley by a group of friends ranging in age from 10 to 14: the Karlsen brothers (Jeff and Matt), Brad Laner, and the Nachmann brothers (Guy and Ron). Their success in landing gigs at the time can be traced to Brad’s precociousness (he had sat in with Vox Pop, Nervous Gender and others), Matt’s natural talent for promotion, and the extraordinary openness of the Los Angeles punk/post-punk “underground” scene at that time. It seems that only now has the time ripened, dear listener; let the sweet smell of singed terrestrial morbidity flow from the valley of the bored teenager to your ears. Remastered and on vinyl for the first time. - See more at: http://capturedtracks.com/catalog/_earth-dies-burning/ct-180-earth-dies-burning-songs-from-the-valley-of-the-bored-teenager-1981-1984-lpcd/#sthash.CKuBa9FC.dpuf
EDB @ Bebop Records & Fine Art, October 14, 1984
Rather than guitars, we used Casio VL-1s, cheap consumer monophonic synthesizers that, when hooked up to Brad’s amplifier and backed by a rough assortment of drums and broken cymbals, sounded surprisingly aggressive. Thus we became practitioners of 'synth-punk', though we did not use that term at the time. We may well have been the first teen punk band in the Los Angeles area to feature a bassoonist.

EDB @ C.A.S.H., March 29, 1982 (first show)
EDB’s songs tended to be simple, sardonic or absurdist affairs. We had a lot of songs about food. Blasphemy also clearly had an appeal for us; this was pretty safe territory for secular Jews, but it’s clear that we were disgusted by the increasing power of the Christian right ('Moral Majority' at the time) in American culture. In general we were liberal with our outrage, though our targets shifted unpredictably and sometimes incoherently. Take 'Another 6 Year Old' – just who are we sympathizing with in this song? 

EDB having fun @ C.A.S.H.
At our rehearsals, usually at Brad’s house, we might take breaks to listen to music: the Meat Puppets’ 'In a Car' EP, Trout Mask Replica, the first SPK album, Public Image Ltd, Crass. Or to eat Twinkies and Ding Dongs while watching videos: Pee Wee Herman appearing on David Letterman’s show; SCTV; or New Wave Theatre. When we wrangled an invitation to a New Wave Theatre taping, we were thrilled. Our performance never aired, its various camera angles presumably all going into storage after host Peter Ivers was tragically murdered in 1983. (What a surprise when a clip from one of the cameras surfaced a few years ago!).

Earth Dies Burning Songs From The Valley Of The Bored Teenager LP (1981–1984) (Captured Tracks, 2013)

Earth Dies Burning – Pork Yogurt
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Without a doubt, the reissue of the year. But hey, what about Thrash Dumbos and North Valley Psychic Opera now?

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