Still recovering from last nite, sort of. Last ever show at the wonderful ffus in Stuttgart Nord, Don’t from Portland came through town and were asked to play the farewell ceremonies (and were surprisingly good! Dead Moon cover!! Not to mention the Wipers one…). Had a couple of beers and a few laughs, and shed a tear or two. The place will be sorely missed. Anyway, the mailman woke me up about five hours ago to hand over a bunch of LPs I’d ordered some days ago. Three of which are pictured above, and which were highly anticipated. The Chvrches one was what I was especially hot for. What can I say…!? Beautiful! “Lies” finally made it to vinyl, even though in a slightly different version.
As for Carcass’ “Surgical Steel”, I have to admit, that despite the beautiful (and somewhat throwback, but in a good way) coverart and the song-titles (which are almost a self-plagiarism, but that’s Jeff Walker, I guess…gotta love the dude), I was sceptical up to the point were the needle hit the vinyl. But lo and behold, the fucken thing acutally works. No kiddin’, it does, it’s definitely a Carcass album. It’s all there, the ferocity, the velocity, the aggressivity, Steer’s guitar hammering, hacking and solo-ing away as if there was no tomorrow, Walker’s plodding and throbbing bass and trademark voice (aggression redefined!) as well as his significant, bloodsoaked yet intelligent lyrics. And the new kid on the proverbial chopping-block, drummer Dan Wilding, has studied his Ken Owen very well, it has to be said! One more thing that should be noted is, that I decided to go with the US-version of the record, and one on black vinyl. The whole coloured double-LP thing for the Europeans is a silly marketing ploy, if I’ve ever seen one (of course Carcass’ old label Earache followed suit and re-issued the band’s back-catalog in myriads of opalescent vinyl - flipsters take heed!).
And then there’s the sequel to 2007’s seminal “After Dark” Compilation on the Italians Do It Better imprint; the hefty beast (triple LP set, with each of the LPs housed in a thick heavy duty dust-sleeve) comes up with mostly unreleased material of synthesized, shimmering and at times even radiating beauty by the likes of Chromatics, Desire, Glass Candy, Farah, Mirage, Mike Simonetti, Twisted Wires and Appaloosa. Italo! Disco!
Also note the re-issue of Black Time’s LP “Blackout” on Monolith Sound in the background. Finally got that too. So glad this record got the treatment. I love it so much, and it deserves to be heard by more people. The cover was re-assembled and the lettering thankfully isn’t as pixelated as it was on the original 2004 release. The sleeve is definitely something to write home about, that’s for sure: heavy 1960’s styled tip-on thing. And Mr. Caution did a another nice write-up on the insert.