Situation Taboo – All Out

Situation Taboo
All Out
1992 Texas T-Bone Jive / Flat Earth Artists
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Jon Rousseaux
Phil Lovelady

Side 1:

  1. S.A. Texas
  2. Center Peace
  3. All Out

Side 2:

  1. The Strength
  2. Live as Brothers
  3. In My Favor

This is the second demo from Situation Taboo. They continue to develop their postmodern industrial funk hip hop mash-up music. It’s a really cool sound, just hard to describe. They were probably one of the key bands in the Flat Earth Artists group, along with Love Coma, Sixpence None the Richer, and the various other groups that came out of different mixtures (Jon and Phil teamed up with Brian Reaves to create a band called Weeping Willow in 1993, for example). After this, they released another demo called Protorong, which was later re-released by Flyting Tart records as Protodemo. Then they released a part preview/part remix ep called Injecto Logos, finally leading up to their only full length release – Digitalis in 1997 on Flying Tart Records.

Love Coma – Soul Rash

Love Coma
Soul Rash
1992 Flat Earth Artists
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Chris Taylor – Singer, hush guitar, tambourine, soul pedal, 12-string guitar
Jeff Duncan – Groove stick, vox
Matt Slocum – All flying and space guitars, cello, 12-string guitar, voice box
Chris Dodds – The mighty drums, vocal chords

Side 1:

  1. Big Reconstruction
  2. Doubt
  3. Empty
  4. Sign
  5. Disappear
  6. Spice

Side 2:

  1. What’s Behind Those Eyes?
  2. 2 ½
  3. Now
  4. Heartwideopen
  5. On My Way

This one really brings back the memories. When this tape received national distribution through R.E.X. Music, I wore that CD out. This was probably one of my favorite styles of 90s alternative – chiming guitars, distinct bass guitar, moody lyrics, and pounding drums. And yes, a good dose of U2 influence. This was the demo that opened the doors for Chris Taylor and Matt Slocum – it was so good that the label pretty much re-released the whole thing. They did change the track order, and I can’t say I blame them. “Heartwideopen” is the best track here, and deserves to go closer to the beginning. “Sigh” is listed on this demo as a song, but not on the national release. It is a short instrumental, but when R.E.X. released it they moved it to after the last track “On My Way” as kind of a bonus track. You can hear the CD release version on Chris Taylor’s BandCamp website as well (with a couple of bonus tracks). After this, Slocum bailed to focus on some band called Sixpence None the Richer. Wonder what happened with them?

Weeping Willow – Tarnish

Weeping Willow
1993 Flat Earth Artists
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Brain Reavis – All lead vocals
Jon Rousseaux – Programming, vocals
Phil Lovelady – Guitars, vocals, screams

All lyrics by Brain Reavis, all music composed by Phil Lovelady, Jon Rousseaux

  1. Curse
  2. Ignore
  3. Dark
  4. Home Tonight

I have been looking for more information on the Flat Earth Artists, not only because they produced Love Coma and Sixpence None the Richer, but because they were also down the road from where I grew up (okay, a few hours down the road in the Austin/San Antonio area, but still). I got this one in a trade, and was pleased to find out this was a Flat Earth Artists release. I thought I noticed some similarities with fellow FEA band Situation Taboo, and sure enough – Phil is in both bands. This is guitar-driven industrial with plenty of samples and a bit darker tone. But it also contains that kind of trippy, out there quality that made Situation Taboo so cool (just a bit less trippy).