Finally.. Ultimately...... some activity on the M Squared home front.
Due to a renewed interest from aficionados world wide there is a minor deluge of exciting sonic stuff coming up.
Below is a list of things that are happening or about to in the second half of 2009. Various releases and live performances are planned.
Endgame Records, The Cad Factory and 2ser presents
OLD WARES, NEW WARES – Experimental & Electronica at the CAD Factory
SUNDAY 26 JULY 2009 5 - 9.30 pm
The CAD Factory: 5 Handley St, Marrickville, Sydney
$15.00 at the door
with Mark Brown and Khaled Sabsabi, Karoshi, and Cult of the Hidden Nerve
From the dusty vaults of the legendary M Squared record label lurches that perennial genre busting favourite Scattered Order. This Mark 1 Version of the band finds original members and label chief honchos Mitch Jones and Michael Tee combining for a sonic assault of samples, noise and guitars in a rare live performance. This is the first Scattered Order live show since 2001 and the first time Jones and Tee have collaborated live since M Squared's “Finally Ultimately” tour in February 1982.
Witness a brave attempt at DIY reverse engineering as MiniDiscs, cassettes and other deleted technology are used to demolish a bunch of new tunes plus old faves like “Heat” and “Koo Koo Kamus”.
Shane Fahey, Peter Richardson and Steve Couri reconvene as The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast for this rare live performance.
The non overt gothic undertones of this quirky late 70’s Sydney electronica band have been lightly stirred 30 years on with a less than pliable twizzle stick. Their bones and instruments are reunited , the synapse lapses strapped in place for old craft synth delving, devious guitar twitches and pre clock rhythms.
The earliest sound scratches of The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast have been brought to reckoning on Vinyl on Demand’s newly released premium 5 LP box set of previously unreleased M Squared rarities titled “Pardon me for barging in like this” (VOD 62).
A bunch of new tunes are soon to be unfurled in game, untainted post punk fashion at the Cad Factory. The Makers’ literary divestments, their imagery and sets all extradites from the rock tradition that spawned them have remained alien to their progenitors’ better wishes.
From the Austrian label klang galerie comes this limited edition CD release. Prat Culture Plus sees Scattered Order's Prat Culture LP and Screaming Tree EP (both originally released on M Squared) completely remastered and sonic integrity restored by William Bowden and the band.
This is the first time this material has been made available as a CD since its brief outing as a CDR through Sevcom's Musuem Shop in the mid '90s.
Four unreleased tracks (both studio and live) and a booklet with lyric sheet and newly discovered images complete this unique package which is due for release later this year.
1 Slot Car Synth
2 Swiss like knives and forks
3 Absolute Moral Icepools
4 Contact European Repetition
5 Frank Sartre
6 Koo Koo Kamus
7 Prat Culture
8 Boys in Coal Trucks
9 Burros through Mexico
10 World's longest intro
11 Mass Murder
12 Screaming Tree
13 Through Litre Chase
14 World's longest intro (2JJ Mix)
15 Screaming Tree (Live '81)
16 Koo Koo Kamus (Live '82)
17 Boys in Coal Trucks (Live '82)
Released in May 2009, Pardon me for barging in like this VOD 62 is a compilation of rare M Squared recordings from 1979 - 1983. This 5 LP box set from the renowned German label Vinyl on Demand contains little heard and unreleased material from The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, Scattered Order, The Systematics, Patrick Gibson, A Cloakroom Assembly, Prod, Height / Dismay and others.
Remastered for vinyl from the original sources by William Bowden this comprehensive set contains a 16 page booklet with recollections and photos of all the main players. Initial copies also have a live Systematics 10 inch EP included and copies are also available with a very fetching T Shirt.
Go to the Vinyl on Demand website and secure your copy today. This limited edition release surely won't be available for long.
LP 1 “Waiting for you to come home” - Scattered Order
A2 Violent 4
A5 Still happily
A6 What / Not now
A7 Greek Airport 80
A8 This is a song about love
A9 Count your blessings
B1 Hold my cold hand
B3 Waiting for you to come home
B4 Teenage romance
B5 Because they are more difficult
B6 Last one / Another song
B8 Blood is your blood
B9 Star star delta
LP 2 "Tsk! Not another bloody world!" - Patrick Gibson / Systematics
A1 Modra Inara
A2 When a Band of Men
A3 Yellow Suit Weighing Machine
A4 Put Your Trust in God
A6 New Zealand
A7 I Needle the Oven
B1 5/4 Fisted Tales of the Holy Trinity
B2 The Master Plan Ain’t Worth It
B5 Drowning Man
B6 We, Him and Us Three (Instrumental)
LP 3 “Style Noodle” - The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast
A3 Brooding Buffalo
A4 Sea Heads – Part 1
A5 Sea Heads – Part 2
A6 Industrial Baby
B2 Broken Down Mission
B3 Slo Wasser
B5 Old Shoe
B6 Vexing Questions
B7 Every One A Winner
LP 4 “mrrk + MRRK” - A Cloakroom Assembly
A1 Tom salted
A2 Clock Tom Snare
A4 Keeping Apprehension Time
A5 Drolling Rolling
A6 Tom Tom Tom
A7 Overhead Whoop
A8 The Airside
A9 The swing box
B1 Retreat 1.10
B2 Retreat 1.08
B3 Tuesday Night
B4 Retreat 1.11
B5 Retreat 1.04
LP 5 “Your Company’s logo here *” - Selection
A1 “Knife on top” - Prod
A2 “Dusk” - Height / Dismay
A3 “Eating paper” - East End Butchers
A4 “Day glo” - Prod
A5 “A minute later the judge fell over the edge” - Jonathan Dunshea
A6 “Jet Boy survives the Fall” - Prod
B1 “Making babies in heaven” - A Volatile T Shirt
B2 “Blood pressure in the sand” - Height / Dismay
B3 “The elephant freak” - East End Butchers
B4 “Iranian rockabilly” - Pleasant Peasants
B5 “Crack in the Radiator Head” - Shane Fahey
B6 “Untitled” - Height / Dismay
B7 “Nautical engineering” - A Volatile T Shirt
B8 “A run for your parlour” - Shane Fahey
10 inch EP “What we did in the evenings” - The Systematics, live at the
A1 Suicide Beach
A2 Vanessa Teratology
A3 Fat Cows Go Down An Eastern Beach
A4 Die For My House
B1 When I’m Older
B3 Look At My Body
This entry is a bit belated but entirely relevent. This was released late in 2008.
What we did in the afternoons is the ultimate in compilations of The Systematics recordings. This wonderful 2 LP set from the German label TU-134 contains the complete range of material (both released and unreleased) from their brief lifespan (1979 - 1982). Completely remastered for vinyl by Marcus Schmicklerand and with an informative booklet by Patrick Gibson this is a must have for any fan.
It might be hard to find ... it might be sold out ... but you have to hunt it down.
You could try Discogs.
A1 Pulp Baby (4:40)
A2 Nuts To You (2:43)
A3 Product (2:26)
A4 Die For My House (2:19)
A5 International Voltage (2:00)
A6 Bovine (2:21)
A7 Fat Cows Go Down An Eastern Beach (1:48)
A8 BBD (2:38)
B1 Numbers In General (1:58)
B2 2,4,5,T (2:24)
B3 When I'm Older (2:16)
B4 Vanessa Teratology (2:52)
B5 Dinner's On The Table (1:32)
B6 Stuh Echipdah (4:14)
B7 Mmmm (1:59)
B8 Flowers On The Wall (3:27)
B9 Midnight On Balancing Day (3:21)
A1 Suicide Beach (2:00)
A2 Golden Age (5:31)
A3 John Robinson (2:53)
A4 Jazz The Genius (1:30)
A5 Republic On A Shoestring (3:32)
A6 ASIO (1:48)
A7 Look At My Body (3:35)
A8 Washing Dogs (1:18)
B1 IV Unplugged (1:12)
B2 Pulp Baby (Demo Version) (4:39)
B3 Hippie Happening (3:06)
B4 Going To War (1:50)
B5 Gonna Get Somewhere (1:07)
B6 Sunny (1:09)
B7 Marine Boy (0:47)
B8 Game Of Living (5:28)