Iâ€™m posting two lost tracks from the halcyon days of do-it-yourself bedroom recording in England, captured in large part by the MESSTHETICS compilations that roll off the presses a couple times a year. These two are uncomped, at least in CD form, and are favorites of mine that Iâ€™ve come to know in recent years. I thought it was high time that I shared them – because now I can! The first is a creepy haunter from a band called SUBVERSE. Finding any sort of information about it or them online is impossible, so Iâ€™ll tell you what I know. It comes from an LP compilation called â€œSTARFORCE STUDIOS â€“ COMPILATION 1â€. Iâ€™m going to guess at a date of 1979. Thatâ€™s when much of these lost sounds were being laid down, and thatâ€™s a year that will probably go down as being, on whole, the most depressing in Englandâ€™s recent history. â€œChance Romanceâ€ has the feel of being recording whilst looking out the window on a 40-degree, fog-shrouded day at dole queues stretched around the block amid a grim minersâ€™ protest. Good times!
DEVILâ€™S DYKES (pictured here) are a wild-ass party by comparison. This jaunty holler of a number from a Brighton band was originally found on a 1978 comp called â€œVAULTAGE 78â€ , and if you like what you hear here, you can grab the whole compilation by clicking over to here (and â€™79 and â€™80 too). Just promise youâ€™ll come back to Detailed Twang when youâ€™re done.