Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bands John Peel Turned Me Onto Pt. 1: Half Church




This is a band called Half Church who had an untitled 5 song EP recorded in 1980-81. From the accent of the vocalist, I'd imagine this band was from the UK, though the label it appeared on was Win Records in Mountain View, California, USA. I think this record is a top-tier post-punk release. It's got everything from classic Gang-of-Four style funk-punk ("TV Screen") to doomy apocalyptic stuff like "Red Planes". Crispy Ambublance fans would do well to check out "Turmoil". What a drummer! "Paradise" is the song Peel played and could Bauhaus do any better than that? I doubt it. "Attention Span" on the other hand is an instrumental worthy of PIL's Metal Box. To my knowledge, this band had no other releases, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

Half Church EP

9 comments:

Curious Guy said...

Thanks for leaving a coment. Never heard of Half Church before and I'm quite surprized! Great stuff.
I'll link you ASAP.

Bimble said...

Thanks Curious Guy! I have enjoyed your blog too - In Excelsis and the Vex demo, Plague of Fools. I like the Schleimer K, too.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
A friend pointed me to your blog. I was the bass player in Half Church. I'm always amazed when someone remembers the band. If you want to hear some of the last recordings we did, go to my myspace page: myspace.com/ruminatoraudio

Thanks,

Monte

Bimble said...

Thanks, Monte! It's good to read that you're trying to put together some more Half Church stuff for release.

oldskool said...

Hi, I have been a New Wave/Postpunk fan from the very beginning so I know almost anything. This band which I never heard of before is amazing. They had great potential. Of course you can hear similarities (e. g. Distributors), but there is also a lot of originality, and the song-writing is great. Thank you, curious guy. And thank you, Monte!

Shaun Durkan said...

Hey, nice to see Half Church getting some recognition. I am Shaun Durkan, son of the singer Tom Durkan. My father was from London, but the band was based around Mountain View/Palo Alto.

Bimble said...

Ah, so that explains the accent! Thanks for commenting.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME - I had this EP in high school, bc it was on college radio at the time, and lost it long ago... glad to find it again.

Bimble said...

You had it in high school!!! That is cool as shit. Thanks for posting your comment.