16th August 2004 - currently in the process of putting together a compilation VCD of the 3 day hardcore festival at the 1in12 that happened in February. When it's done it should have footage of ACTIVE MINDS, AIM FOR THE HEAD, ARMY OF FLYING ROBOTS, CDS, BROKEN ACCESS, THE DEVILS, D RAIL, EASPA MEASA, FROM WHERE I STAND, THE HORROR, JOHN HOLMES, LAST CHANCE, THE MINGERS, NARCOSIS, PATIENT ZERO, RUIN, SERPENTS, STATE OF FILTH, THRASH BRIGADE, VALHALLA PACIFISTS. More info soon.
JOSHUA NORTON CABAL/FACIALMESS - SPLIT CDr
INFINITE MONKEY 01
This split cause a minor stir of controversy in Fracture when it was reviewed. Here is what they had to say about it:-
"If the CDr is fucked then I apologise for the following couple of sentences OK? This is fifty minutes of absolute noise. No instruments just feedback. I have no idea why it exists. The folks behind this who think it's 'hip' and 'happening' are just pretentious fucking pricks. I have an address for this but you won't get it. Useless."
A guy called Lobster then wrote to them the next issue about the review. Here's the letter that was printed and the reviewer's response to it:-Lobster Dave Stuart's reputation as a clueless turd proceeds (sic) even your free pop punk 'zine. And I know I am not the only person who snatches up anything that gets a bad review in Fracture on the basis of you all being a bunch of out of touch punk rock dads. Thus if you say it's bad, it's usually good and vice versa. However, Dave Stuart's omission of a contact address for the FM/JNC CD, a DIY release sent to Fracture for review, Just because that fuck didn't like the nasty noise (boo hoo) not only confirms his status as a petty stickler, but also violates the basic tenets of you 'punk' principles - ie co-operation, ethics over style, open mindedness. Fracture is bad enough anyway (that's why you give it away) without this kind of jiggery pokery and stale hypocrisy.
To be honest I thought the whole episode was hilarious! Anyway, Joshua Norton Cabal is a guy from Shank doingsuper fucked up noise stuff. Highly structured and worked upon and not merely Merzbow copycat stuff which is all too prevalent nowadays. Facialmess is based in Japan and he submits a similarly top notch track of brutal noise. Both people are highly regarded in the world of making a godawful racket.
The last few remaining copies are £5/$10ppd. There may well be a repress because Mr JNC has been bugging me for shitloads more copies.
INFINITE MONKEY 02
This is a kind of demo/album recorded by a band I was in before we split up. I think we were quite good but then I would say that! In a vague attempt to describe what we sound like I might as well mention a few bands that we were influenced by that come across in the sound - Slint, Neurosis, Emerson Lake &Palmer, Hawkwind, Blackheart Procession, Kyuss, King Crimson, Cave In. I reckon we came up with a fairly unique sound that didn't blatantly rip anyone off. Obviously it's hard trying to describe you're own band. Hopefully i'll be able to put a few reviews up here soon. From people at gigs we were described as being anything from UB40 to Fleetwood Mac to 'fucking jazz shit'. God knows! Anyway, the CD is about 50 minutes long and cost about £300 to record so it's a fairly good recording. A couple of the tracks might be ending up on a split CD with North By North West from Kent. Just send us £2.50 and I'll send you a copy. It also comes with some pretty damn nifty packaging too. As soon as I get the cash it'll be coming out on a short run of lathe cut LPs.
Send your money and stuff to Ewan Frater, Infinite Monkey, 145-149 Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ, England
Send demos if you want, especially ska-punk, emo, indie, nu metal etc because I always need more blank tapes!
Trading is good. Get in touch.
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