Weeping Prophet – On the Verge of Tears

Weeping Prophet
On the Verge of Tears
1992 (no label)
Akron, Ohio, USA

Jim Workman – Vocals
Stewart Hilton – Guitars
Walt Wise – Bass
John Joyce – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The Voice
  2. Diotrephes

Side 2:

  1. The Warning
  2. p32

Finally – the long lost Weeping Prophet demo! Their later demo Broken seems to be all over the place if you dig for bootleg mp3s, but I have never seen this demo out there. Weeping Prophet are usually described as “progressive/thrash metal,” and that mostly holds true here. I would say this is less progressive and more thrash, but there are still some progressive elements. In some places, if they had pushed the progressive angle and made the rough style vocal moments a bit creepier, they would have sounded like Tourniquet. As it is, songs like “Diotrephes” seem to still have a strong Tourniquet influence. Also, the sound on this demo is a bit cleaner than Broken was. The band member names really aren’t given on the tape. There is a drawing of the bands hair with mostly illegible signatures under each one, and then extensive thank you lists from Jym, Stu, Walt, Ed (the manger), and John. I am assuming that these were the same band members as listed on Broken later, so I have used that info above. It could be wrong, though.

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Say-So – Wonderful World

Say-So
Wonderful World
1990 (no label)
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Kim Thomas – Lead vocals, backing vocals, autoharp
Jim Thomas – Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, autoharp, backing vocals, keyboards, drum programming

Matt Pierson – Bass
Chris Rodriguez – Additional background vocals
Lisa Rodriguez – Additional background vocals
Russ Long – Additional drum programming

Side 1:

  1. Wonderful World
  2. Taken by the Moment
  3. Love is a Word
  4. Camella Sings

Side 2:

  1. Mercy Me
  2. Waiting for You
  3. Monday’s Child
  4. Beyond the World

Another unknown release from Say-So appears out of nowhere! This makes 4 releases of theirs outside of their two label releases that I have uncovered (still waiting to hear two of those). There are still some gaps in their discography time-line, so there could be even more out there. This particular project is more driven by the husband/wife duo than a fuller band, but the result is still the same. Say-So always seems to produce high quality alternative pop. You can see why they go signed, you just have to wonder what took so many years for it to happen?

Mozart Gypsies – Demos

Mozart Gypsies
Demos
1992 (no label)

Chris Rumbaugh – Vocals
Michael Knott – Guitar, string arrangements
Omar Domkus – Bass
Chuck Cummings – Drums

Chris Colbert and David Hackbarth – Engineering

  1. Crush Me Crush Me
  2. You’ll Feel Fine
  3. Oh! Suzanne

I have had these files for a while, but I decided to do a write up here for archival purposes. You can see by the list that there were some big names on this. For those not in the know, Chris Rumbaugh is also known as Mr. Rhumba, former manager of Breakfast with Amy and one of the few people to be employed by Blonde Vinyl Records. Michael Knott is, well, hopefully you know him. Omar Domkus was the bass player for Scaterd Few. Chuck Cummings is currently in The Altar Billies, but he has also been in Uthanda, Dakota Motor Co, and a bunch of other bands. The original titles I had for these files were “My World,” “Make You Mine,” and “Susanne.” But Omar Domkus wrote a blog post about the songs, and he said the titles are what are listed above. Always listen to the bassist – they usually know what is going on. He refers to the songs as 60’s retro pop, and that is a good way to describe them. Some of these songs, especially the first one, sound like they could have been early Cush demos if Cush formed in 1992 with Mr. Rhumba as the singer. I’m not sure who wrote these songs, but I am assuming Chris Rumbaugh along with Michael Knott, with the others possibly participating as well.

Battalion – Demo 91-92

Battalion
Demo 91-92
1992 (no label)
West Salem, Wisconsin, USA

Brad Lundstrom – Vocals
Les Rouse – Guitars
Kjell Hatlevig – Bass
Joe Siegel – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Don’t Wait
  2. Run Away
  3. Test of Time
  4. Judgement Day
  5. He is Lord
  6. I Give You My Life
  7. Vices

Side 2:

  1. The Lord Sees

This is the same Battalion that went on to release Runaway (which has seen a few re-issues itself). “Test of Time” and a live version of “Don’t Wait” made it on to one re-issue. All of the songs on here except for “Test of Time” and “He is Lord” were re-recorded on Runaway as well. Their sound is a mix of traditional / power and progressive metal bands like Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Grim Reaper, and others. They play very well – you can see why their later album is highly sought-after. Also note that the track list on the tape is not in the correct order, so I used the correct order above.

Billy Penn’s Brother / Calvin’s Dream – Heaven

Billy Penn’s Brother / Calvin’s Dream
Heaven
1992 Sticky Music
Heaven, Scotland, United Kingdom

Side 1:

Richard Nicholson – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mouth harp
Charlie Irvin – Lead guitars, backing vocals
Dot Reid – Piano, backing vocals
Steve Butler – Bass, backing vocals, piano on “Scream”
Eddy John – Drums, percussion

Sugar for Ma Honey – Rhythm programming on “Scream”
Northstar – Rap vocal on “Scream”

  1. When the War is Over
  2. Taki to Treblinka
  3. Melon
  4. Walk on Water

Side 2:

Dougie Gay – Vocals, guitar
Simon Halliday – Guitars
Rachel Morley – Bass, vocals
Wilf Taylor – Drums

Ken Nisbet – Additional vocals
Dot Reid – Additional keyboards

  1. Guilty
  2. Come Down Love
  3. Struggle
  4. The Waiting Room

This is an interesting split tape called Heaven by Plankton Records. Side 1 is Billy Penn’s Brother, with four songs from Ruckus in Real Time. Billy Penn’s Brother played an excellent form of roots rock/alternative rock on their album, and this is four of the best. Kind of The Call meets Midnight Oil. I have heard all of those songs before. The real treat for me was side 2, which contains all of the songs from The First EP by Calvin’s Dream. I have been looking for this demo for a while, as I have their Fanatical CD and really like it. There is no liner information on the tape, so I had to pull some info from online. Also, I don’t know if these are the same versions of the songs as on the actual EP – but I pulled the information about this tape off of the website that was created by the person that collected all of these tapes I am digitizing, so that means I probably will see the actual tape soon enough. Until then, if someone has full scans of the j-card and tape from The First EP, I would love to see it. The sound is basically high quality alternative rock with a late 80s roots rock influence as well as an early 90s college rock influence. A lot of bands were doing this sound, just few were this good.

Dead to Sin – A Promise of Hope

Dead to Sin
A Promise of Hope
1992 (no label)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Ralph Neumann – Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
Phil Knienel – Bass, piano, lead vocals
Jeff Anton – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The Way That Leads to Life
  2. Jesus Paid It All
  3. Look Around You
  4. You Were There

Side 2:

  1. This Man
  2. Lord I Praise You
  3. People Need the Lord
  4. Live My Life

So this is the second tape by a band called Dead to Sin that I have listened to. This one looks very punk rock by the cover, but it is not. It is really middle of the road rock. The best way I can describe it is if there was a lighter version of Brighton with a bit of an alt-rock flair and lead singer that can’t really sing on key all the time (which was an intentional style some singers went for back then, not an insult), that would be this band. Of course, this band clearly is from Canada in 1992. I know some bands in Southern California mentioned a band there in the early to mid-80s called Dead to Sin, and the other tape I have transferred is punk rock that is completely different from this one. I am assuming these are different bands until I hear otherwise. The more I listen to this one, the more it grows on me. Maybe more of a middle point between Brighton and the Dead Milkmen? Just not sure what style they are going for here.

Graveyard Cafe – Fresh Ground

Graveyard Cafe
Fresh Ground
1992 Corpqii Productions
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Marc Plainguet

Side 1:

  1. Oblivion
  2. The Church of Holy Profits
  3. Godzilla vs. The World

Side 2:

  1. Barbie’s Lament
  2. Afterlifestyles
  3. 100% Pure Beef

This is another Marc Plainguet project. I think this is all Marc, but there aren’t any real credits on this tape other than all songs were performed by Graveyard Café. The sound on this tape would have probably fit in with the Slava artists back in the day. There is an industrial vibe on these songs that is not just from the electronic instruments. But there are also many trippy elements on here – like the rap vocals on the first track. It’s all part of the weird coolness that is Marc Plainguet. Even the ways I would describe it don’t fully capture the sound. This tape seems a bit more accessible than other Plainguet projects, even though that aspect is probably countered by the comfort-level pushing lyrics.