Ted Goodwin – Intuitively Obvious

Ted Goodwin
Intuitively Obvious
1991 (no label)
Orlando, Florida, USA

Ted Goodwin – Synthesizer, drum machine, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, miscellaneous voicings, various mangling and manipulations of tape, assorted heavy machinery

Side 1:

  1. The Age of Reason (Part 1)
  2. Intuitively Obvious
  3. Destructive Tendencies
  4. Heart Over Mind
  5. Almost Clear
  6. Just the Facts, Ma’am
  7. Believing
  8. I am Joe’s Brain

Side 2:

  1. Multiple Choice (Option A)
  2. Multiple Choice (Option B)
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. Imprisoned Spirit
  5. Return to Reality
  6. Unspoken Words
  7. It’s All There for You
  8. Hidden Truth (IAJB Reprise)
  9. The Grand Assumption
  10. The Age of Reason (Part 2)

If you can’t tell by the cover, this album is a little bit different. Technically, it is almost all instrumental electronic music, but more new wave/alternative in nature. “It’s All There for You” has vocals. Buried in the middle of side 2. I hate to say Tangerine Dream as a comparison, because that still covers a lot of ground. Anyways, if you can imagine a new wave electronic band existing in the 1990s that did instrumentals, you would have the sound here. However, song lengths are all over the place – from 59 seconds to over 11 minutes. So at times there is a prog-ish long song “repetitive-but-then-suddenly-change” feeling to some songs.


Cindy Tells Me – Demo

Cindy Tells Me
1991 (no label)
Bloomington, Illinois, USA

Jack Sayre – Bass, vocals
D.E. Johnson – Guitar, vocals
Shawn Doolittle – Drums

  1. Modern Williamsburg
  2. Ezekiel
  3. Shadow Man

This band sounds like they wanted to mix Dig Hay Zoose, Hot Pink Turtle, and Scaterd Few together, but then decided that was too normal sounding and decided to go weirder. There is definitely a Scaterd Few influence on vocals of songs like “Ezekiel,” while the bass work throughout reminds me of Dig Hay Zoose. The song writing and structures reminds me of both of those bands mixed together with Hot Pink Turtle. Trippy and weird, which is a good thing as I am a fan of all three of those bands.

Marc Catley – The Peel of Hope

Marc Catley
The Peel of Hope
1991 (no label)
Bury, England, United Kingdom

Marc Catley – Guitar, vocals

Side 1:

  1. Jesus is Ace
  2. This is the Day After Yesterday
  3. Father God Almighty
  4. Times Seven
  5. Make a Joyful Noise
  6. The Clap
  7. Lord I Really Just Want Lord to Praise You Lord Just I Really am Right Now Lord
  8. Dance
  9. Other People are Puzzling Over Questions
  10. Worship the Praise
  11. Jesus

Side 2:

  1. My Guardian Angel Drives a White Sierra
  2. Classical Acoustic Heavy Metal
  3. O My Jesus You are Lovely
  4. Forward Masking
  5. My Biscuit Barrell Says Jesus is Lord
  6. Endless Nipples Upon the Seashore
  7. I am so Very Happy
  8. Pure White Music

This tape is pretty much a lot of short to medium length songs by Marc Catley doing satire of society and church. While these are mostly acoustic guitar-based, there are some other instruments and sounds thrown in here and there. The cover and tape labels are also made to look like someone took a copy of Peel Tower Hop, covered up some letters, added a few others, and came up with The Peel of Hope. There are also about 3 songs listed on the j-card that are not on the tape. Some of them, like “All of Jesus’ Sins”, are obviously left blank because that is the point the song is trying to make. But I’m not sure why there is no song at the end of side one called “Two Forty-Nine.” Must be some old British joke I don’t get. Anyways, if you enjoy Catleys other releases like This is the Birth of Classical Acoustic Rock, then you will also enjoy this one as well.

Tera – Demo

1991 (no label)
Bridgeview, Illinois, USA

Ton-e Palumbo – Vocals
Walter Murphy – Guitars
Perry Basile – Bass
Paul Murphy – Drums

  1. Heaven in Your Heart
  2. Where Were You
  3. City Blues
  4. Tuff Love

Yeah, I know the cover doesn’t look metal at all really. I would have passed it over if I didn’t notice the 4th song title screams metal. Some of these bands really did a poor job “looking” metal on their demos. Sure, I realize these were mostly made to sell at shows or hand out with a press kit to get attention, but sometimes picture of the band or a V-shaped guitar would really help. Anyways, this is good quality late 80s metal – the kind of commercial metal that followed in the wake of Skid Row and Guns ‘n’ Roses. Bands like Hericane Alice and Shotgun Messiah come to mind. There is even a slight progressive hint here and there that reminds me of Holy Soldier. Seems they had at least one more demo after this one in 1993 that is possibly even more progressive metal in nature.

Rise – …From the Ruins

…From the Ruins
1991 Awakened Records
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Allison Ballew – Vocals
John Sexton – Guitar, vocals
Steve Coates – Bass
Henry Anglin – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Director’s Chair
  2. The Bridge

Side 2:

  1. In Limbo
  2. Possibility

I really didn’t know anything about this band, but I converted it mainly based on the fact that Kevin 131 of Sorrow of Seven / Aleixa fame helped produce it, and there is a dedication to Mark Heard in the liner notes. Interesting mixture. So is this more folk / Americana like Heard, or industrial / metal of Aleixa? Does the presences of former So7 / Aleixa vocalist Laurel Snapper on backing vocals sway this more to industrial? Nope. This is alternative rock with female vocals. But Allison Ballew has more of the powerhouse vocals you typically see in metal than the forcefully fragile vocals you usually see in 90s female-fronted alt rock. The band utilizes this difference well, creating some moody yet driving alt rock that has just enough U2 influence to connect with 80s fans, but enough indie rock drive to propel it into the 90s. Don’t know if this band went anywhere, but it would be a shame of they didn’t. This demo is a bit different, but I really liked it. The last song “Possibility” is possibly my favorite track – very catchy but different and out there at the same time.

Sanctified Noise – Grappling With the Electric Bloodhound

Sanctified Noise
Grappling With the Electric Bloodhound
1991 (no label)
Addison, Texas, USA

Steve Graebosch – Vocals
Juan Galloway – Guitar
Craig Sandifer – Bass
JME Fawcus – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Electric Lazyboy
  2. Grappling
  3. Dance of the Bloodhounds

Side 2:

  1. Skate Rock Revisited
  2. Visualize Repentance
  3. Band Jam / Cheese Song

Punk rock from Texas with a different twist – kind of like the bass player was writing some of the songs and threw in some Don’t Know/Jane’s Addiction break-downs just to spice it up. At one time, someone in the band had shared mp3s of these songs online. But it was cool to hear the original cassette and see the full j-card. Apparently their stage show was Mike Knott-influenced, as they were known to throw food at each other and wrap band members up in cellophane. Anyways, a pretty cool band that only released two (or so) demos and should have gone further. Note that the cover lists the last two songs as if they are one blended song… but there is a good 6 seconds of silence between them (more than other songs).

Red Sky – World Crashing Down

Red Sky
World Crashing Down
1991 (no label)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Joey Martelle – Vocals
Craig Erickson – Guitar, bass, keys
Kerri Horak Collings – Drums

  1. (Intro) Sunset
  2. Red Sky Tonight
  3. World Crashing Down
  4. Surrender
  5. Morning

Third and final demo by Red Sky? There is a big gap between this and 1988’s Today is the Future, but it seems that Erickson was releasing solo instrumental demos in between the two demos. This was the year before Erickson released his debut solo disc Roadhouse Stomp for Blues Bureau Records. As with his last demos, this one represents a jump forward in song writing and sonic quality. But it is also their shortest demo so far – only three full length songs, with a 30 second intro and outro listed as “songs” as well. Neoclassical shred metal that shows why Erickson was also signed by other labels like Roadrunner Records.