Man & Hammer – Translation of Emotion

Man & Hammer
Translation of Emotion
1989 Jeru-Slam Records
Sterling City, California, USA

Man & Hammer (David Joo) – All noise

Ryan J. Allen – Noise on “Be Angry and Sin Not”

Side 1:

  1. The Rythm Gives It Away
  2. Good enough
  3. Brian’s Song
  4. Staticlove I
  5. Hypocrite

Side 2:

  1. Faith
  2. Little Children
  3. What Do You Want From Me?
  4. The Problem
  5. Men With Hammers
  6. Be Angry and Sin Not
  7. A Message
  8. Thank You
  9. Peices of Beauty 4

Man & Hammer is a one man noise project by David Joo (aka Squid) of ZOTT (an underground zine), Hellfire (a lo-fi thrash metal band), and Jeru-Slam Records (his own label). As far as I can tell, this is the third Man & Hammer release. It definitely sits between 1988’s Just Say Noise! And 1989’s Not Dead. I just don’t know if there are any Man & Hammer tapes before the first one that I know of (Skeletons in 1988), or any after Not Dead for that matter. Like his other tapes, this one is found noise, distorted and regular spoken vocals, and a lot of randomness. The misspellings in the songs titles above are how they are on the tape jacket.

Man & Hammer – Just Say Noise!

Man & Hammer
Just Say Noise!
1988 Jeru-Slam Records (JS009)
Sterling City, California, USA

David Joo

  1. The Newage Movement
  2. Revelation 3:20
  3. Revelation 13:15, 16, 17
  4. One Struggle One Fight
  5. Jesus is Comming
  6. Sleeper
  7. Quietly Now
  8. I’m Just a Sinner
  9. Untitled
  10. Just Say Noise
  11. Something I Wanted to Say

This is the second tape by Man & Hammer (or at least, the one after Skeletons if that demo is not the first one). David Joo is pretty much the main person behind Man & Hammer. He also put out a zine called ZOTT (Zine of the Times), ran Jeru-Slam Records, and recorded other projects as well (some under his name – which I have never heard or seen – and one as Hellfire). He also frequently goes by the nickname “Squid” if you ever hear that name mentioned in regards to the tape underground. The sound is similar to other tapes – found sounds, randomly played instruments and/or things, and other noises made to push boundaries.Some people can’t stand this music, I find some it (like this project) oddly intriguing.

Man & Hammer – Not Dead

Man & Hammer
Not Dead
1989 Jeru-Slam Records (JS013)

David Joo – Music, vocals, songwriting, recording

Side 1:

  1. Hang With Me
  2. Rock the Nation
  3. B.I. K.G.B. C.I.A.
  4. Maffia (All the Same to Me)
  5. Alice Through the Windowpane
  6. Family Part 1

Side 2:

  1. Crackhouse
  2. Abortion
  3. Mirrors of the Soul
  4. Hip Hop This Train
  5. Not Dead
  6. Amazeing Grace

This is the fourth overall album by Man & Hammer that I have heard – but I am not sure how many total there are. Man & Hammer is the one man project of David Joo (who also went by Squid). This tape continues in the same vein of noise/industrial music. As you can tell by the cover, there is a bit more of a hip-hop sound here – some of the noise is scratching and other hip-hop related found noises. There seems to be a bit more of an electronica beat here and there as well. And, of course, a lot of samples and “found noises” as I call them (recordings of every day sounds and noises). Mis-spellings in the song titles above represent what is printed on the cover.

Man & Hammer – Skeletons

Man & Hammer
1988 Jeru-slam Records (JS008)

David Joo

Side 1:

  1. Skeletons (second version)
  2. Sad Eyes
  3. Noise for Toys
  4. Skeletons (third version)
  5. Running
  6. Skeletons (1st version)
  7. Beginning Again / Tomorrow
  8. Epedemic
  9. Evolution Today

Side 2:

  1. Look into the Mirror

I have tapes Man & Hammer tapes (Just Say Noise! and Translation of Emotion), so I thought I had them all. But this demo and another one (Not Dead) showed up in the box. And looking at the numbering system for Jeru-Slam Records, there could be even more. This seems to be mostly distorted guitar played in eclectic ways over drum machines and/or found noise and samples. Some songs have spoken word vocals, others are instrumental. These were basically lo-fi one person projects by David Joo, who also worked on other projects like Hellfire. Most of the Jeru-Slam tapes had some kind of designed cover – even if lo-fi. This tape doesn’t, so I wonder if it is a pre-release and there is a cover out there, or if this is it?