M Squared

December 2009

Finally.. Ultimately...... more 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 in the coming months. Various releases and live performances are planned.

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Jul 10 Sept 10 Nov 10 Dec 10 Mar 11

Live clips and interviews

Scattered Order Mk 1 - CAD Factory 26 July 2009
Makers of the Dead Travel Fast - CAD Factory 26 July 2009

Scattered Order interview with Shaun Prescott at Mess + Noise

Live performances - Scattered Order Mk 1

The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast and A Slow Rip

M Squared would like to thank the small but well-formed audience that witnessed wonderful performances from those improvisational wizards A Slow Rip and the enthralling The Makers of The Dead Travel Fast and a technically blighted but spirited set from Scattered Order Mk 1 at the Abercrombie Hotel on Saturday 28th November. Your support is appreciated by everyone concerned.

Thanks to the DJs Anna Johns, Stu Buchanan and Corporal Leper for the great tunes played on the night.

Everyone would also like to thank Shane Fahey and Endgame for that great live sound and organising abilities.

To read an interesting account of the night from a band's perspective go to A Slow Rip's Blog.

Next performances from Scattered Order Mk 1 and The Makers of The Dead Travel Fast will be Sunday 17th January at the Sandringham Hotel, Newtown with Post Punk luminaries Wild West, No-V-Bleet, No Night Sweats, The Loop Orchestra and others as part of a sort of fringe, fringe event for CIRCA 1979 and the Sydney Festival..

This is a rare event and one not to be missed. Probably the only chance you'll get to see some of these bands. More details as soon as they are confirmed.


Read a great November 2009 interview with Michael Tee on World Domination and the M Squared label here.

A Slow Rip - 28 November 2009

A Slow Rip at the Abercrombie Hotel - November 2009

The Makers of The Dead Travel Fast - 28 November 2009

The Makers of The Dead Travel Fast at the Abercrombie Hotel - November 2009

Scattered Order Mk 1 - 28 November 2009

Scattered Order Mk 1 at the Abercrombie Hotel - November 2009

Prat Culture Plus - Scattered Order

Prat Culture Plus is now available from the esteemed Austrian label Klanggalerie. This limited edition CD sees Scattered Order's first two releases for M Squared (Prat Culture LP - 1982 and Screaming Tree EP - 1981) completely remastered and sonic integrity restored by William Bowden and the band.

Four unreleased versions of songs (both studio and live), a booklet with lyric sheet and newly discovered images complete this unique package.

For the first time this nerve tinged noise mountain is available on CD.

Obtain your copy now directly from Klanggalerie

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

SO - Scattered Order Mk 1

Rather be Vinyl announces the release of SO, a hand numbered limited edition (80) CDr which documents the 2009 collision of original Scattered Order stalwarts Mitch Jones and Michael Tee as they trample through both old songs and new in rather large boots.

This reverse engineered monster was recorded live at the CAD Factory, Megaphon Studios and a fibro room in the Blue Mountains, March, June and July 2009.

Available only through Scattered Order's Institute of Prat Culture

1 Slot Car Synth
2 Astro Pants
3 Where To Land
4 Koo Koo Kamus
5 Art Delay
6 Viral Rhythm
7 Heat
8 Born To Go

So - 2009

So - Rather be Vinyl PTOOIE4CDr

The Slated Pines - Shane Fahey

Shane Fahey from The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast brings you The Slated Pines, a solo recording of ambient sonic treasures. Combining tape loops, field recordings, analogue synthesisers and various found and constructed reverbs.

Featuring Tom Fielding, Jamie Fielding and Miss Siu

To be released in October on Endgame Records

1 Gralins For Tramp
2 Mis_Spotter
3 Get Some Out Time
4 Scatter Floor For Food
5 Book Of Trees
6 Indo Dome
7 For and Against The Noise Barrier

The Slated Pines - Shane Fahey 2009

The Slated Pines - Endgame END022

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