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