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Yeah, so this review is a week old. What’s up with that? Well the story goes like this: I wanted to add a youtube video of the song “Jawa” that I filmed at this show but my housemate downloads heaps of porn and went over our monthly download quota so was unable to upload it. NEWS FLASH!!! You can now find that video under the photos below but firstly, to the review.

I remember the first time I ever saw BUDD play, around 1995, I think. My mate Tim plays in this band called Screamfeeder and he told me his mate’s were playing in Adelaide (which is where I lived at the time) and that I should go check them out. So I did. They were playing at this place called the Mad Love Bar which was down some side street off Rundle street. They were supporting the band The Mark Of Cain and my mates that were going were big TMOC fans so I was happy to go along. When we got there, the place was packed and Budd were just about to go on. This was when they had just released NAF, yeah I know, I was a bit late to the table but still, I got there.

The line-up in Budd at this time was Jeremy – Guitar and vocals, Narko – Bass, DD Meanie – Guitars and Skiddles – Drums. Once the band kicked in, let’s just say, I was extremely blown away. I had never heard something so heavy yet perfectly crafted. Like it was loud, noisy and insanely brutal yet there was clarity there. And the energy levels for a band playing sludgey groove riffs was incredible. When the Mark of Cain came on, I felt an anti-climax. Finally, I got to see one of Adelaide’s best be shown the door. And that’s not to dismiss TMOC’s greatness. They are indeed a top band but this night was BUDD’s night. It has been implanted on my brain ever since and still remains as one of the heaviest and grooviest shows I have ever seen. So much that I was in this band called Undertone at the time and I went home after the gig and stayed awake til 4 am writing this song called “Shut Off” (which you can hear at this website) that had shades of BUDD throughout. Mainly the stop/starting drums thing. I will always thank BUDD for the inspiration behind that song.

ANYWAY, so let’s fast forward about 15 years to the Old Bar last weekend. BUDD are celebrating a new release titled “Jawa” and since BUDD just don’t ever play enough shows, I had to get along. I mean, really, when a band hardly ever plays a live show, you start wondering if they’ll ever play again so you attend the shows just in case they get sick of it and call it a day. Cos, like, you just never know, right? So me and a couple mates headed out to the show…

Now I have to make a special announcement here…

I have to give my apology to the 3 other opening bands who I missed all the sets of cos I was busy about 20 metres down the road at the Burlesque Bar watching half-naked hot women drench their bodies in caramel sauce and then cover themselves in feathers. I think that warrants as a perfectly acceptable excuse for my missing your sets. I know what you’re thinking: Chicks = Trouble. Yes, you are right and I am guilty as charged. Now, back to the review…

So at midnight, I left the Burlesque Bar and skedaddled my way down to the Old Bar just before BUDD started and upon arriving, I was greeted with my favourite pedal board for any band ever. Purely cos of the confusing factor.

Opening with “Bocci” off their Prana album, I knew what was coming and it was gonna be huge. Luckily for me, I am smart enough to wear ear plugs these days. Yeah, weak but I like being able to hear stuff besides the constant ringing I have in my ears. The line-up is different these days featuring members of Christbait (Craig Westwood on the bass) and Ricaine (the drummer, Tom, I forgot the rest of his name, sorry dude!) but it’s still just as powerful. BUDD are in a genre all of their own. A band that should have been huge but never quite got there which still seems weird to me but I am a little off centre so that has no basis for anything, anyway. If you like heavy goove and listen to the likes of Pelican, Keelhaul, Baroness, Shellac, Boris, etc. then you should be all over this band. As the band continued playing their set, it was a good reminder that this band really are on their game and should be playing more often, making a lot more noise than 1 gig every 2 and a half years.

Also, there should be rare vinyl releases of this band all over the place but there’s not, which is just so retarded. I always wanted to hear this band on vinyl, granted I do have the double 10″ released on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label and the single sided etched 7″ on Fellaheen but their vinyl releases stop there. Ovit should have been on wax as should have both NAF and Yakfat. So why weren’t they? Well, when they were released, back in the day, it was at the time in the early 90’s when labels were thinking the CD was the coollest thing ever and that nobody was buying records. HA! Not the case. But anyway, talking with Jeremy after the show, it appears that the new album Jawa may just be released on wax after all. Yep, now you’re talkin’! I await this release with anticipation. So much that I didn’t buy the CD on the night cos I want the better format. Yeah, I’m that guy.

I must say, seeing BUDD again was damn exciting. Have always been a huge fan and it was good to see that they are still out there doing it. The crowd digged it and it appears people did miss their absence. Let’s hope it’s not another 2 and a half years before we catch them live again.

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This album just appeared on my doorstep one day. It was weird. Like nobody ever sends me vinyl to review and then there it was. I was stunned. Glorious vinyl from a band I have never heard of… from Adelaide! What the fuck? Bands in Adelaide still believe in vinyl? This was a good sign. I put the needle on the record and began listening. And listening. Again and again. I sat back, lit some incense, and pondered. Now, have you ever heard the likes of M83 or the Japanese band Mono? Well, if you have, there’s shades of that stuff all over this. I love Mono’s music. It’s really something on its own. Like a psychedelic experience as you listen to each record. The songs take you to another time, another place, or you could be just wasted. Regardless, Mono are freakin’ awesome. But this isn’t totally like Mono. No, this is something else entirely. So much that it took me over a month to write this review. Why? Cos I was lost for words. Trying to get my head around something like this wasn’t something I could do overnight. It takes time. And in my busy day to day schedule or making my team at work guess which 1 out of 3 statements I told was a lie, there just wasn’t enough time to put pen to paper and jot this down. But fear no more, my friends cos we’re here now and better late than never, right? Well, that’s what my ex-girlfriend used to say.

Steering By Stars play atmospheric sounds which they manage to twist, turn, unwind and repeatedly belt with a stick so that what you eventually hear is aural bliss. It’s melancholic, it’s bright, it’s sad, it’s dark, it’s lonely, it’s a mixture of emotions and feelings that somehow have transcended from wax to my brain. A band whose music makes you feel something… and with minimal vocals. Like really, most of this is instrumental and the occasional vocals you do hear remind me of the one and only, Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance fame), which is weird cos like she’s a woman and the singer here is a guy. Well, I think he is. His name is Lachlan but after the 80’s glam rock explosion sprouting names like Traci Guns, Jani Lane and Nikki Sixx, names seem to have lost their gender somewhere along the way. Still, I am thinking it’s a guy. Just a hunch.

So this album, it reminded me of a soundtrack to some fucked up Japanese movie that has lots of wind blowing in it and quite possibly lots of images of Wata from the band Boris walking along lonely streets as we see her reflection in puddles of water. How art student does that sound? Well yeah, you know what I’m saying. Yo La Tengo would be all over this shit! I really dug it. It was something different. I am never sent bands like this. I have been sent lots of rock and some really bad Nickelback type shit recently but nothing like this. Am diggin’ it. Bigtime. Would be heaps keen to see a show by these cats t0 see how the music transcends from the record to the live setting.

You want a copy? Sure you do. Head on over to www.steeringbystars.com and pick one up. And if you’re one of ‘those’ guys, it comes with a digital download card also so you can blast it on your iPod. Just sayin’.

Here’s a video for the song “Closer” so you can get a closer feel for what I am writing about.

I love Japan, it’s as simple as that. I have been there a number of times and you really can’t beat the awesomeness of the place. It’s like one giant amusement park with lots of bright lights, nice people and great music. This video below was a segment from a TV show on Japanese culture that was screened on Australian TV about 15 years ago. I think this video is the one thing that kicked off my fascination with Japan. I had been discovering the whole Estrus Records thing with my first purchase of Japanese rock n roll being a 7″ by The 5.6.7.8’s called ‘I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield’ (ES750), bought purely because I also have a fascination with the life of Jayne Mansfield; my favourite blonde bombshell who sadly saw her fate in a car crash on June 29, 1967 at the young age of 34 (yeah, I am such a Jayne geek that I actually know that). ANYWAY, upon receiving the record in the mail, I played the wax immediately and became intrigued with Japanese rock n roll. There was something cool and quirky about this band, The 5.6.7.8’s, and I needed to hear more. Oh, and yeah, the drummer’s hot.

One day while shopping in Thrash Grind & Grunge, I was talking to part time worker (and Smash it Up radio host), Dave Manning, about rock n roll and he advised me that on SBS that night (SBS is a TV channel in Australia that shows many foreign shows) there was going to be a special on Japan and in particular, there would be a segment on The 5.6.7.8’s and Japanese rock n roll. When I got home, I set up the video and recorded this special on Japan. Now, rediscovered on a grubby old VHS tape 15 years later, direct from the Long Gone Loser Archives, I bring to you the highlight of the show… the 10 minute segment that focuses on the lives of The 5.6.7.8’s.

The 5.6.7.8’s most notably got some stardom with their cameo in the Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill, where the girls run through renditions of ‘Woo Hoo’, ‘I’m Blue’ and ‘I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield’. It’s good to see the band finally get the recognition they so deserve and I hope it made people search out more great bands from the land of the rising sun because believe me, that country has some of the best rock n roll bands on the planet.

From here, my fascination of Japanese rock n roll grew and I discovered such great bands as Guitar Wolf, The Jet Boys, The Pebbles, Supersnazz, Sit & Spin, Puffy, MAD 3, Boris, Jackie & The Cedrics, Gasoline, Estrella 20/20, The Switch Trout and many more. It’s all good! If you’re not hip, now’s the time. Look ’em up. You’re gonna have a ball!

Estrus Records
The 5.6.7.8’s
Jayne Mansfield