Point Blank – Live Demo

Point Blank
Live Demo
1986? (no label)
San Diego, California, USA

  1. Raining in Paradise
  2. What is a Human Being?
  3. Scared Stiff
  4. Don’t be a Pious Punk
  5. You Decide
  6. Don’t Fight
  7. (preaching)
  8. Gotta Create
  9. He’s Calling You
  10. Don’t Try Suicide
  11. M.B.
  12. Baby in a Bottle
  13. I See You Devil
  14. Amen

While this is labeled as a demo, I’m not sure if it got much distribution outside of small circles. My guess is that it was recorded right after they recorded their ’86 demo, as the song “Don’t Try Suicide” is referred to as a new song and it is not on their ’86 demo. The rest of the songs are all on the demo, with only “What’s So Fun About Getting Drunk” and “God’s Not Dead” not on this tape (there are some gaps in the recording, so they could have been played that night and not recorded). The recording levels are a bit rough on this one, even for bootleg standards. Also note that this is a different live demo than the 1985 Live at the Vineyard demo.

Missing Information: who played on this?

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The Quiet – This Dreaming

The Quiet
This Dreaming
1987 (no label)
Wellington, New Zealand

Belinda Bradley – Voice
Martin Robinson – Voice
Ashley Lienert – Guitars, bass
Bill Wood – Guitars, bass
Mike Yates – Drums
Perry Bradley – Sax

Side 1:

  1. Catch Your Heart
  2. Radio Silence
  3. With You, With Me

Side 2:

  1. Videophony
  2. News of the World
  3. O Babylon

The Quiet is a slightly alternative band that is mostly straight ahead rock. It’s just kind of jangly-pop enough to make it interesting to the less tribalistic alt fans, kind of like Jacob’s Trouble. The male and female lead vocalists trade off from song to song. Throw in a little bit of saxophone here and there, a bit of reggae, and a few other 80s standards, and you have the sound here. I don’t really know much else about this band beyond this release.

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.

Surrender 18 – Surrender 18

Surrender 18
Surrender 18
1990 (no label)
Bedminster, New Jersey, USA

Dave Urbanski – Rhythm guitar, lead guitar, feedback guitar, vocals
Jeff Van Ness – Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Keith Wittel – Bass guitar, vocals
Tom Cannarella – Drums, percussion, vocals

  1. Circle of Seven
  2. Lyngillian
  3. To Begin Again
  4. A Prayer for You
  5. Springtime Eternity
  6. Inside My Heart
  7. The Only One

Surrender 18 was an alternative rock band with some slight gothic/dark leanings, as well as some punk rock intensity here and there in the music. “Inside My Heart” sounds like a mixture of early Prayer Chain and early Breakfast with Amy – even though it’s still a little too early in the 90s for that. Inspired by the same bands that inspired those two? I’m not sure based on the way members are listed who sung lead vocals, or even if it was a shared duty. It sounds like mostly the same person to me. They also have at least one other demo – 1992’s Modern Dreams. I wonder if the Dave Urbanski of this band is the same one writing for The Blaze now? Hopefully not – the guy writing for The Blaze is… problematic.

Thin Red Line – Equinox

Thin Red Line
Equinox
1983 (no label)
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Karen Rush – Vocals
Dave White – Keyboards
Des Wilson – Lead guitar, acoustic solo on “River Song”, bass on “Warheads”
John O’Sullivan – Acoustic guitar
Catherine Wallace – Flute
Don Loveday – Bass
Peter Clark – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The Dominion
  2. Cousin Biko
  3. Warheads

Side 2:

  1. Equinox
  2. River Song
  3. Crossways

This appears to be one of the earliest bands from Dave White, who went on to form such bands as The Clear and Lung. However, this is far from the aggressive punk/thrash/industrial/etc music he came known for later. This is female fronted rock with slight alternative, reggae, etc leanings here and there. The songs are mostly acoustic guitar based, but with prominent keyboard and flute in many songs. Kind of a unique combination. This demo was recorded in December 1983, so I am not sure if it was released before 1984 rolled around or not. They went on to release 3-4 more demos after this one before calling it a day. The first one was either called Seclusions Paradise or Seclusion in Paradise depending on which source you read.

The Churchills – Lines of Innocence

The Churchills
Lines of Innocence
1986 (no label)
Christchurch, New Zealand

Chris – Voice
Darren – Guitars
Simon – Bass
Fraser – Drums, Percussion

Side 1:

  1. I Saw a Man
  2. Tear Me in Two

Side 2:

  1. Micah
  2. Seeing is Believing

This was a random pick that someone wanted to hear out of a stack of tapes to be converted. Neither one of us had heard of this band, and there is nothing about them online that I can find. Turns out it is an interesting mid-80s alternative rock band. I would make rough comparisons to 9 Red Roses, The Lonely Now, Blue Trapeze, and other bands with heavy influences from The Church, U2, The Alarm, etc. Since the band didn’t give last names, and their name is too generic and also taken by other bands, I know nothing about what happened after this demo. I would assume it is their first demo due to the CASS 001 number they gave the release. Guess they were expecting to release over a hundred releases?

Cindy Tells Me – Demo

Cindy Tells Me
Demo
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.