Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Septic Tank - Rotting Civilisation (Album Review)

Septic Tank - Rotting Civilisation

Track Listing:
01. Septic Tank
02. Who
03. Victimised
04. Social Media Whore
05. Divide & Conk Out
06. Treasurers of Disease
07. Fucked
08. Whitewash
09. Death Vase
10. You Want Some
11. Digging Your Own Grave
12. Danger Signs
13. Walking Asylum
14. Lost Humanity
15. Never Never Land
16. Self Obsessed
17. Living Death
18. Rotten Empire

Lee Dorrian – Vocals (Cathedral, With The Dead)
Gary Jennings – Guitar (Cathedral, Death Penalty)
Scott Carlson – Bass (Cathedral, Repulsion)

Jaime Gómez Arellano РDrums (Blutvial)

Originally a side project for Cathedral in 1994 as a low-key chance to play with some Discharge style punk/metal as opposed to the Doom laden sounds that Dorrian & Co mixed up with some added Psych and prog.
Septic Tank’s original line-up featured Dorrian & Jennings from Cathedral with drummer Barry Stern (ex-Trouble) and Repulsion’s Scott Carlson on bass.

“We talked about doing it again many times, but it took us 20 years to make a record,” Lee Dorrian explains. “As you know, Scott re-joined Cathedral for the last few gigs and the last album. We were recording (final Cathedral record) The Last Spire at the end of 2012 and we’d done all we needed to do and had some spare time in the studio. So we revived the Septic Tank idea and literally bashed out an entire EP, writing and recording, in an afternoon, in just six hours.”

The result of this brief resurgence was 2013’s self-titled seven-inch EP, released only in Japan and limited to 900 copies.
With Lee, Gaz and Scott now joined by drummer (and legendary producer) Jamie ‘Gomez’ Arellano it seemed only a matter of time before something new happened, so after 20 years they finally recorded an album in just five days.

“It’s quite mad that we’re finally releasing an album,” Lee concludes. “I don’t think most people know that this band exists! But you never lose your passion for this stuff. It’s just in our DNA and our veins, really. Like with most things, we’ll put it out there and see what happens, but we’d like to do more records and I’m sure there’ll be more shows too. We’re chuffed to be doing it!”

So take the opening track and it’s a full on assault of super fuzzed out hardcore death metal, yep you can see the punk influence and even dare I say harking back to those early Napalm Death days, yet even in this opening number there is a hint of doom lurking!

Next couple of tracks do the same thing really, then up comes ‘Social Media Whore’, now this one has a definite Hellhammer meets Discharge feel, great bit of noise really.

‘Divide & Conk Out’ sounds like Tank and Motorhead, neat little guitar solo thrown in just to top it off.

Great doom intro to ‘Death Vase’ and have to say Mr. Dorrian does a great impression of Tom Warrior! Fucking awesome crushing, slow and pounding, definitely my favourite track thus far.

Then with ‘You Want Some’ some proper old school skuzzy punk metal, this style continues on for the next few tracks until we arrive at some proto thrash punk with ‘Never Never Land’ and right to the last song continues in this vein.

To sum up I have to once again commend Mr Dorrian for his talent, ability and knowledge of all things “Rock ‘N’ Roll”  and finding the right musicians to be able to take something that is essentially retro/old school and make it fresh, modern and bloody enjoyable!

Rating 9/10

For Fans of:  Discharge, Warfare, Ravens Creed, Hellhammer, Charged GBH, Venom

Saturday, 10 February 2018

A Trip Through Ladbroke Grove The Life and Times of Underground Hero Steve Peregrin Took By Fee Warner (Book Review)

A Trip Through Ladbroke Grove
The Life and Times of Underground Hero    
Steve Peregrin Took

Author/Editor/Compiler: Fee Warner
Limited edition hardback book.

Hand numbered 250 Copies.

Steve Took has often been consigned to a mere footnote in rock music’s illustrious and controversial existence, this book finally elevates his status, and as you will read deservedly so.

Firstly it deals with the Marc Bolan and Tyrannosaurus Rex period with clarity and some honest talking, “Tooky” was never the sidekick or just that “bloke” with Bolan, he was in fact an equal partner and just as important to the sound and creation of the whole bands concept.

Then it goes into the whole crazy world of the underground scene taking in The Deviants, Pink Fairies, Hawkwind, Motorhead, David Bowie, Syd Barrett and even the MC5.

In fact I have to say from my own personal perspective that this is one of the most fascinating anecdotal books written and compiled on the underground with comments and memories from a host of respected writers and musicians including Mick Farren, Michael Moorcock, Nik Turner, Lemmy, Larry Wallis and Russell Hunter.
Add to this highly interesting and, at times perhaps controversial, comments from close family, friends and collaborators, what we end up with is a detailed look into the world of “Tooky” which also reflects the whole scene as it moved and changed withy the times.

As if this wasn’t enough we are treated to many previously unseen photographs, some fascinating press cuttings, reprints of original interviews and some stunning illustrations.

Has to be said that even the books design is a sight to behold, each section perfectly laid out in green, red and black text, oh and a really nice touch is the ribbon bookmark attached to the hardback.

Not since Jonathan Green’s 1988 book ‘Days in the Life: Voices from the English Underground, 1961-71’, has so much amazing information been forthcoming from those who were there and nice to hear it directly from them, they tell it as it was, sometimes that can be uncomfortable, Lemmys son Paul Inder is a great example of words from the heart with no agenda other than honesty.

Anyone who has more than a passing interest in rock history would do well to purchase a copy, you may not really know Steve Took at the beginning of the book but by the end you will have a greater understanding of the contribution he made to music and the lives of the people around him.  

Books written with this much dedication, love and attention to detail are few and far between, Fee Warner is to be commended on producing one of the best music books I have ever read.

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