The Perfect Ending – Scream and Shout

The Perfect Ending
Scream and Shout
1994 Desire Records
Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Matt Hyam – Vocals, guitars
James White – Guitars, vocals
Arthur Goode – Bass guitars, vocals
Adam Clark – Drums, percussion

Side 1:

  1. Tell Me
  2. There Will Come a Day
  3. I Know the Way
  4. Why are You Crying?

Side 2:

  1. Scream and Shout
  2. All Along the Watchtower
  3. Not Alone
  4. Coming Home

The third (and final?) demo by The Perfect Ending, also available online for free just like their first and second demos. They continue to refine and grow their Prayer Chain-esque alternative rock. It is probably more accurate to say that they were influenced by the same groups that the PC guys were influenced by on their first two albums. All filtered through a brit-rock lens, of course. A good combination that didn’t seem to get them wider attention, unfortunately. They also do a nice cover of Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.”

The Perfect Ending – World Express

The Perfect Ending
World Express
1992 (no label)
Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Matt Hyam – Vocals, harmonica, guitars
James White – Guitars
Rowland Mynors – Bass guitars, vocals
Howard Taylor – Drums, vocals

Side 1:

  1. World Express
  2. Sunset Over Zion
  3. The Wedding Day
  4. The Storm

Side 2:

  1. Hold Me
  2. Elijah
  3. The Sun Will Be Darkened
  4. For Those Who Beat Me

After finding this band’s second demo online for free, I meant to go back and review the first and third demos as well (also both online for free). This one finds the band with a bit more basic sound – more straight up alternative than the next demo. It’s a promising start for a band that later lets their Prayer Chain influences shine (filtered through a British alt-rock lens, of course).

The Perfect Ending – Grains of Sand

The Perfect Ending
Grains of Sand
1993 (no label)
Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Matt Hyam – Vocals, guitars, harmonica
James White – Guitars, vocals, tambourine, guitar synth
Rowland Mynors – Electric & acoustic bass guitars, vocals
Adam Clark – Drums and percussion

Side 1:

  1. Precious
  2. Their Promises
  3. Rise Up
  4. Tears
  5. The Time Has Come

Side 2:

  1. Why Do You Run?
  2. Who is Man?
  3. Groove
  4. Freedom
  5. The Lonely Still Cry

I saw this tape for sale on eBay, but had no idea what it was. Did a quick search, and found it had been uploaded to Archive.org as a free download (something I wish more bands would do). So what style is this? I wasn’t sure by the first two tracks – it might have been folk rock. But the third track rocks in with some mid-90s guitar-based alt rock. Overall, while there are many acoustic moments here, I believe that the main idea was to go for a bit more folky funky alt rock sound. If you know the 90s, you probably automatically get that. If you don’t, I might have just confused you. Think The Prayer Chain mixed with Raspberry Jam and early Jars of Clay in England instead of the U.S. The files also note this as a “1995 remix” that was “remastered to mp3” in 2008. Seems they have two other tapes uploaded as well – one earlier and one later than this one. I will be checking those out for sure.

https://archive.org/details/ThePerfectEnding_GrainsofSand