Saturday, 14 May 2011

Record Store Day Part 2 - BURN

I did my Record Store Day post a couple of weeks back & mentioned in there that I was missing the pale yellow variant of the BURN 7". To my pleasant surprise, my old friend who I have never met, Brian Murphy, came to the rescue, not only telling me that he had a spare, but that he would send it to me for nothing. A few days later and here it is:

Of the three Revelation RSD releases that came on differing colour variants, this one is the most obvious. Here are my two different colour variants next to each other:

Interestingly, the Revelation Records text file discography has now been updated, and it seems that they either have no record of, or fail to recognise, the RSD colour variations. Kinda weird given the fuss these days over the pale yellow GB 7". Ah well... just because the labels doesn't acknowledge them doesn't mean they don't exist. Or does it?

This next photo nicely pulls together the two themes of the is post - Burn & Brian Murphy. Something I kept from the first day I ever met Dalbec & co. It's been safely tucked away in a box for ten and a half years.

Gotta say, I'm suddenly curious - was there ever a shirt made with this design? I really hope so.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A couple of old B9 7"s

Picked up a couple of old Bridge Nine releases on ebay recently through random events.

Firstly, The Hope Conspiracy 'File03' 7". Bridge Nine number 14. This one is an interesting one for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because the regular pressing was a two song 7" with an etched b-side, yet this one is the ultra rare double sided 7" with two extra songs. Only one hundred of these suckers out there, as the text on the poly bag suggests:

The other thing that makes this interesting is how it is numbered. Well, I guess the label must have lost their stamps and not been able to find any in any local stores, because these were numbered with a date stamper. So, record number 1 was 'Jan 01', and so on and so forth. Although, as you may have worked out, date stampers only number up to 31, so number 32 would have been 'Feb 01'. Which means that number 100 of 100 would have been 'Apr 10'. Seems a bit shit to me, but never mind.

I got pretty lucky with this one. Tre sold his a few weeks back and it ended on $57. I didn't bid because I was hoping to score it for less at some point. Then literally a couple of weeks later some other dude listed one, I watched it, and then ended up winning for $6.50. I think this usually goes for around the $50 mark, so I'm pretty happy to have scored a bargain.

I saw The Hope Conspiracy a couple of times back circa 2001/2. One time I asked the singer if anyone had ever mistaken him for David Arquette. He said he got it all the time. Sheep was also there and asked me who David Arquette was. Christ.

The second 7" is the Tenfold 'Now Is Our Time' 7". Bridge Nine number 2. This came out in 1997. I've had a blue one for years, but this clear vinyl copy is the rarest version, being numbered out of 100.

As you can see, this one is numbered using a proper stamper. I wonder what happened to the stamper in the years that followed so that it wasn't around when the label wanted to stamp the Hope Con 7"s?

Tenfold was a band that had Neal & Luke from In My Eyes in before they were in In My Eyes. They had another 7" on Stand Hard Records that I still never got around to picking up for some reason. Ah well. It's only been 14 years. I'm sure I'll get around to it one day.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A Staining Impression

One of my favourite 90s bands without a doubt, but one which seems to get little attention or love from other miserable old bastards.. Eleven Thirty Four. This band had 7"s on New Age, Ammunition, and Livewire, as well as a full length on New Age and a frickin' awesome song on the Indecision Records compilation LP. Dudes were previously in a band called Function, who had a 7" on Revelation's sister label Crisis Records. I always loved both bands, and I firmly believe that their output has stood the test of time and regularly listen to their catalog. So I was stoked to find a test press for one of their 7"s up for sale in the Mankind Records online store. I didn't need to think about this one for so much as a second. Bought. Stoked.

Seemed like a good excuse to get the other two copies out of the box and snap a family portrait:

I also grabbed a 7" by a band called Generations. I don't know anything about this band whatsoever, but the cover sold it to me... bass guitar with Insted & In My Eyes stickers, x'd up hand and an X Swatch. This came out in 2006, and the main reason I grabbed it was because it was on sale for $2. It's pretty generic straight edge to be honest, but a sound I've always been a sucker for, and the nice cover and layouts make it feel like a quality release... even if I am five years too late! (No change there then)

If anyone wants to chime in & tell me anything interesting about either band then that would be cool...