Sunday, May 18, 2008
Occult Chemistry 7" EP 1979-1980ish
I am so eager to put this up cause I just got it in the mail (post as the Brits say!) and I think it is WAY cool. I didn't find any other blogs that had it up, either, but feel free to prove me wrong. Another 7" on the Dining Out label. I have no idea whether this was '79 or '80 but I seriously doubt it's 1981. This was the band that had Martha Tilson singing, a lady who went on to do some vocals with A Certain Ratio circa their Sextet album. Now, I'm a pretty big fan of A Certain Ratio, but Sextet is just about my LEAST fave album of theirs up through the early 90's and I really didn't like her vocals with them at all. But she does just smashingly on this fantastic slice of DIY punk! It's not as funky or radically political as Delta 5 or Au Pairs, and it only bears a passing resemblance to A Certain Ratio...it reminds me of early Dislocation Dance a bit. Yeah that's about right. Sorta like early Dislocation Dance. I really like this EP a lot, I want to play it over and over. And charmingly, the sleeve consists of two pieces of paper CUT OUT BY HAND that weren't even glued together. Notice the cheap black and white copy of the sleeves, too. I deliberately left the scan of the back sleeve to look lopsided because I wanted to stress this thing was cut out by hand. God, it doesn't get any more DIY than that. I don't know if Chuck Warner has ever put these guys on a Messthetics comp yet, they certainly weren't on the original 8 discs of Messthetics, but I can SO see this being put on one of those. Another piece of trivia: notice this is the next release on the Dining Out label after the Insex 7" I posted earlier.
Oh and did I mention I really love this record?