Researching our upcoming BNE project, we’ve been unearthing some gold from the cassette box.
Spot anything familiar ?
More to come…
Trans:Com is re-releasing one of its most treasured things; the long deleted, previously only released on cassette, and debut/final album from Brisbane’s brilliant Blood Party – Rock n Roll Psychology – with bonus tracks from Trans:Com compilations and promos, and even some very early but very wonderful demos.
Who were the Blood Party, and why were they such a critical stitch in the fabric of Brisbane electronic / alternative music? Allow us to paraphrase another of our excellent peers; Ostia’s own Amps…
“The impact, diversity and importance of the alternative music movement that simmered in Queensland’s capital from the late 80’s to the mid-90’s cannot be under-estimated. I was captivated by The Blood Party’s live performance; and particularly by their enigmatic singer, Julie Kavanagh. Julie delivered an intense performance, whilst the band pumped out an exhilarating mix of pop hooks and danceable beats that set them light-years apart from the guitar-based bands that, whilst often brilliant, dominated the scene at the time. But… The Blood Party had us all fooled…
The elegant synths, memorable melodies and effervescent beats belied something darker and more visceral. Julie’s lyrical exertions were often akin to catharsis; an exorcism of discomfort and assorted hurts, and whilst her fraught and fractured lyrics took a backseat in the band’s more instrumental works (try “Mud Pool Goddess” for starters), beneath the upbeat lustre of the melodies, there still lurked something more primal… a clarion call to stifled feminism, freedom and liberty.”
Beautifully remastered by Andy Bagley from original recordings by James Clark, the new digital rerelease features the original 7-track album, 3 rare compilation tracks, and the band’s original demo recordings. An exclusive numbered run of 100 deluxe CD editions will be for sale only through the Trans:Com website, specially packaged with a 20-page booklet featuring photography by Kylie Crane.
This re-release is a joy for us, and its been too long in coming. The 90’s was a time of great origination in Brisbane, when our electronic music culture grew from nothing, and these recordings from Blood Party are an absolutely essential part of that story.
COMING SOON: Projekt Inertia – We Believe In Now (deluxe edition album), and more…
(c) 2012 Transmission Communications – Contact us for additional media resources and promos
Thanks again to Andy Robinson for our day with the ‘Order in Brisbane – and the mention on the official New Order site.
They say never meet your heroes, but yesterday Anna and I did and it was one of the best days we’ve ever had. The day New Order came to town.
New Order have gotten back together after an approximate 6 year hiatus – this time without Peter Hook on bass, as he left the band a while ago, but back again is Gillian Gilbert (having looked after her family for the past 10 years or so) – and let me tell you they are in cracking form.
The band got together late last year to do 2 benefit gigs in Belgium and France for their good (and unfortunately seriously ill) friend and collaborator Michael Shamberg (the director). They obviously enjoyed themselves and are currently on a fairly busy touring schedule around the world; Aus/NZ included, and last night they played at the Future Music festival in Brisbane at the Doomben Racecourse.
Through this and our label’s activity (e.g. with the Silhouette Series), I’ve had the opportunity to communicate with the band’s management, people like Tony Wilson (RIP), and lots of people in and around the Factory scene and New Order fandom.
Last year through SoundCloud – at about the time the benefit shows were announced – I touched base with Andy Robinson, New Order’s co-manager since Rob Gretton passed away – with the upshot being that yesterday we were able to spend part of the day with them while they were in Brisbane.
In particular Anna & I had the great pleasure of taking Andy, and band-members/partners Gillian and Steve Morris out for lunch at the Brisbane Powerhouse. They are the *nicest* people – and we talked about all sorts of stuff; music naturally, country living, family, futures, pasts, rumours, truths, etc… Just brilliant. Turns out they use the discographies all the time.
At lunch Andy was very kind to invite us to join the band after the gig.
So anyway… the gig. We’re not big on festivals any more – you know being 40-something & all that, but this was special. *Pissing down* rain it was – and only the stage was covered 🙂 . Never let such a minor thing as torrential weather detract you…
The set was fantastic; Crystal, Regret, Ceremony, Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, 586, Perfect Kiss, Blue Monday, Temptation, Love Will Tear Us Apart. Not long (being a festival set) but sublime nonetheless. Great visuals, and brilliantly reworked versions of their songs; 586 and Temptation being particularly superb. Did I mention it was pissing down…? Even the band got rained on, but Bernard went with it.
So after the set, Andy calls us and we join the band in their hospitality suite at Doomben. Gillian graciously offers us a beer and we spend the next hour and a bit just chatting away about the gig, the day we had, the tour, Australia, England, gear, etc. Again, just totally chilled out and relaxed. Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman – the newest members – are great guys, and in my opinion very worthy members of the New Order continuum. Bernard left early for their hotel but the rest were happy to relax for a bit.
I think we got home about midnight, with the band leaving for Perth at 11am the next day. We drove home in the rain, knowing full well that 3rd March 2012 was going to be a day that we would never forget.
… the best band in the world, and the inspiration behind everything we’ve ever done with TransCom and our music.
Thanks to Andy, Gillian, Stephen and the rest of New Order for a great day. All the best with the tour and the future.
Dennis & Anna
Ostia recorded with TransCom for the Abstraction compilation back in the 90’s and have remained a force of ethereal loveliness ever since. Amps and Kylie – the core of Ostia have more recently recorded as Friends of Alice Ivy, including their recent reworking of The Isle’s most recent single La femme Exotique – available now on iTunes. Anyway important ‘Ivy news ahead… be sure to register with them.
A new EP by Ostia side-project “Friends of Alice Ivy” is due to be released on 15th August 2011. The new CD, titled “In the Gloaming” is Friends of Alice Ivy’s first new work since “Hereafter Moth” was released in September 2008. The new EP builds on the ethereal beauty of its predecessor, with a heavier focus on harps, strings and atmosphere.
“In the Gloaming” features contributions from Suspiria’s Mark Tansley, Roberto Massaglia from The Victim’s Ball, and Ostia guitarist Justin Bartlett.
A free download single, “The Summerland Meadows” is available from Friends of Alice Ivy’s website at http://www.friendsofaliceivy.com; we also hope to announce details of a very special EP launch show soon! The new EP can also be pre-ordered via the website.
Friends of Alice Ivy would love to know what you think of their new work, and can be contacted via hereaftermoth.
Our very best wishes to you!
Kylie & Amps
FRIENDS OF ALICE IVY