M Squared

August 2009

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.

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Live performance

Scattered Order and The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast

CAD Factory Sunday 26 July 2009

M Squared would like to thank Vic and Sarah of the CAD Factory, Shane, Chris and Tegan from Endgame Records, the bands: Cult of the Hidden Nerve, Karoshi, Mark Brown and Khaled Sabsabi, Sound engineer: Steve McMillan and everone else involved in what was a very special night of wonderful music.

For a group of people who last played together a quarter of a century ago, and for many there on the night, it was a Big Moment.

The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast (lineup: Shane Fahey, Peter Richardson, Steve Couri, Cat Coleman) played beneath a sensual collection of projected images by Tim Schultz. As mesmerising as ever, they unfurled a stream of beautifully realised, complex sound, with sinuous melodies flowing through their signature textured and atmospheric spaces. Playful, muscular, mysterious and with an ear securely tuned to that alternative place the rest of us only hear in occasional snatches.

Scattered Order Mark I (lineup: Michael Tee and Mitch Jones) took the dual approach of blowtorching some old favourites and, in the ensuing glare, bringing out some new tracks on a heavy duty forklift. By turns blistering and emotive, Jones and Tee were once again Masters of the Loading Dock, leaving a trail of smouldering concrete and enigmatic eddies of noise in their wake.

Scattered Order Mark 1 will step back out of their home studio in November for more live shows with A Cloakroom Assembly, who will be making their first live appearance and hopefully The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast will appear once again.

The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast - July 26 2009

The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast - July 26 2009

Makers of the Dead Travel Fast - July 26 2009

Scattered Order Mark 1 - July 26 2009

Scattered Order Mark 1 - July 26 2009

Scattered Order Mark 1 - July 26 2009

Prat Culture Plus - Scattered Order

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 in September 2009.

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)

Prat Culture Plus - 2009

Prat Culture Plus - gg134 - 2009

Pardon me for barging in like this - M Squared

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
A1 Tanks
A2 Violent 4
A3 Fun
A4 Untitled
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
B2 Giant
B3 Waiting for you to come home
B4 Teenage romance
B5 Because they are more difficult
B6 Last one / Another song
B7 Motionless
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
A5 Swimming
A6 New Zealand
A7 I Needle the Oven
A8 Hydrobes

B1 5/4 Fisted Tales of the Holy Trinity
B2 The Master Plan Ain’t Worth It
B3 Corner
B4 Children
B5 Drowning Man
B6 We, Him and Us Three (Instrumental)

LP 3 “Style Noodle” - The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast
A1 Jacinto
A2 Urchin
A3 Brooding Buffalo
A4 Sea Heads – Part 1
A5 Sea Heads – Part 2
A6 Industrial Baby

B1 Tournament
B2 Broken Down Mission
B3 Slo Wasser
B4 Sloop
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
A3 Snaregrrr
A4 Keeping Apprehension Time
A5 Drolling Rolling
A6 Tom Tom Tom
A7 Overhead Whoop
A8 The Airside
A9 The swing box
A10 Raft

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 Capitol Theatre
A1 Suicide Beach
A2 Vanessa Teratology
A3 Fat Cows Go Down An Eastern Beach
A4 Die For My House

B1 When I’m Older
B2 Bovine
B3 Look At My Body

Pardon me for barging in like this-M Squared

Pardon me for barging in like this - VOD 62

What we did in the afternoons - The Systematics

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.

LP 1
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)

LP 2
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)

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What we did in the afternoons-The Systematics

What we did in the afternoons -
The Systematics