Monday, February 11, 2008

Rediscoveries of Lost Gems- Victor Dimisich Band

















Sorry I haven't ben posting much in the past couple weeks, but the good news is that I have finally landed a job with a biomedical company in Lake Oswego named Biotronik. It has been consuming my daytime hours, but I hope to be able to post a couple things throughout the week as well as on the weekend.

Recently, I was reading about New Zealand lo-fi garage-punk group the Terminals in the Fall 2007 issue of Signal to Noise. The Terminals were formed from the ashes of previous groups such as the Vacuum,The Pin Group, The Victor Dimisich Band and Scorched Earth Policy. Today I want to focus on the Victor Dimisich Band and their My Name Is K compilation released in 1997 on lead singer Peter Stapleton's Medication imprint. This combines the Mekong Delta Blues cassete released on Xpressway in 1988 as well as the entire Native Waiter EP. As far as I know, this CD reissue is out-of-print, but please let me know if anyone objects to these files being posted here.

Alan Meek, Stephen Cogle and Peter Stapleton from the Vacuum formed the Victor Dimisich Band along with Tony O'Grady and Mary Heney of 25 Cents. The Victor Dimisich Band's first EP was a ready-made classic on the now defunct Flying Nun label. It is a fearless and inventive display of pounding drums, haunting vocals, jittery guitar strumming and droning organs. I would describe it like what would happen if Ian Curtis and Jim Morrison were resurrected from the dead and decided to play adrenaline-fueled, lo-fi garage rock in the vein of Velvet Underground.

Just give it a listen and let me know what you think. I'll be back with some Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor in honor of their upcoming performances at Portland's 2008 Jazzfest. I just located an out-of print album with Cecil Taylor and Han Bennink that i will post as well as something rare from Ornette. Until then, enjoy The Victor Dimisch Band!

Your comments are always appreciated!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uhhhhh...yeah.

But hey man, thanks for the Victor D Band share! It's excellent!
Any other out of print New Zealand gems are always appreciated...

Kevin said...

Yeah, I don't know what the hell that other comment is about. I have deleted it from the blog, because it is not related to music at all. You are the first person to comment about the Victor Dimisich, so I'll see what other kind of stuff I can round up in this vein. Glad you stopped by.

Take care, Kevin