CHEAPO CARD COMPANY (UK) - Yes, Wil Walker and company, those
responsible for "The Magi Crap". But, in balance, those also responsible
for that wonderful parody of our "Creavolution" album cover art (sorry, Thayen). Well, they just wanted to tell you that their 'Cheapo Show' No.3
is now up on You Tube. Don 't say we didn't warn you...
ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE
GARFIELD'S BIRTHDAY (UK) - Simon Felton and crew at Pink Hedgehog
Records do way too much to go into any great detail here,
but I did specially want to thank them for the plug they gave us in one of
their newsletters recently. Simon operates an e-mail list if you'd like to
be kept up to date with the happenings at the most underground friendly
melodic indie pop label we know, you can make contact via the website. Or,
if you're in the Weymouth area, pop in to the Revolution Vinyl Cafe (yup,
a record shop and cafe in one) and do say hi from us!
HAYES & BLAINE JONES (USA) - Formerly with M&E electro experimental
favourites, Communication Union, Blaine mostly works these days on 'The
Haze Project' with Alex. A single, "Bruises In The Rain" was out not long
ago, taken from the forthcoming (or possibly out by now) EP called "Deeper
Down". Blaine describes the latest project as "a new wave voyage through
layers of subconscious tracks". There doesn't seem to be any significant
web presence at the moment, just found a few tracks on
but Blaine can be contacted via
(UK) - Ex Flowers Of Sacrifice front man, Andy Clark, is currently turning
out some delightfully dark gothic electronic stuff with his latest band,
which also includes Chris Francis, who used to be in Christ! I don't mean
that to sound exciting, the exclamation mark was part of the band's name.
Not that I'm saying Chris is boring either, of course. He (Andy, not
Chris, not that I wouldn't have been thrilled to receive it from him
instead) recently sent me their new CDR called "Plethora" (don't clear a
whole shelf though, it's only one disc), muchly recommended for those of a
darker persuasion. Turn out the lights, the time of night has come...
(UK) - Our favourite Transylvanian electronic musician continues to make
wondrous sounds and melodies for your aural pleasurings. He's also rather
talented with a camera, his
TALES OF FROZEN TIME
site definitely worth checking out. Incidentally, should you come across a
book called "Ears" by one Lehel Vandor, do treat yourself to a copy. It's
the man himself again, a fascinating tale of his years as a young
Hungarian ethnic in Ceausescu's Romania, a very compelling read.
TRI (Germany) - These days, MT's Stefan Knappe runs the
label, an exquisite haven for fans of dark ambient industrial noise
experimentation et al. The graphic on the right is from the
"Drone-Mind/Mind-Drone" series, volume 4, I believe. A good place to dip
your toes and sample the proverbial aural water is their
page, enjoy muchly!
HAL MCGEE (USA) - An absolute underground icon is Hal, working
tirelessly for the cause for decades now. Not just working with his own
unique brand of experimentation, he is also a keen archivist and fellow
cassette culture enthusiast (though digital formats are also availble). A
great place to dip into the history of the underground network and a very
worthwhile contact, say hi from us!
(Portugal) - Fernando Cerqueira's current project draws you into the
endless world of diversity that is Walt Thisney. This album is available
who describe it as "A collection of Walt Thisney's prolific output of
Retro Synth-Pop, Vaporwave & Electro Grooves filled with emotional
soundscapes to brighten up your day with a melancholic edge or two." When
you put it like that, how could one possibly resist?
RELIGIOUS VISION (Germany) - I
reconnected with Christian Beckers of RV not long ago. Though the old band
are long gone, the same musicians went on to form Crematron in the mid
90's, and you'll find some of their darkly inspired sounds on
enjoy muchly. Christian now works as a teacher in an 'elemental school'
(think something may have got lost in translation there?) and also runs a
little business called the
INDEPENDENT GOTHIC STORE.
And do behave yourself, or don't go blaming us if you get detention...
KIDZ (Planet Earth) - The legendary global cooperative 'band' spin off
from Canada's Jaws Of The Flying Carpet. Nothing particular to tell you in
the way of activities, but Ulu Fjolkunnigr did send us this, and call me
sentimental, but it just seemed kind of seasonal, Merry Christmas! There's
no web presence for RK that I know of, but you can always
Ulu should you wish to reciprocate with "Gollum In A Crocheted Easter
Bunny" or the like...
SWEET WILLIAM (Germany) - It seems we're not the only band who have
celebrated their 30th anniversary in October, so have Oliver Heuer's SW.
Admittedly, our own celebrations may have gone a little skewiff, but I'm
pleased to say they didn't join us in spending three months trapped in
another dimension. Instead, they went for the more sensible options of a
book, a CD boxed set and a special commemorative t-shirt. I think we'll
let them plan ours next time, not that I didn't enjoy a half a lager and a
bag of crisps in The Bourne Arms, it just seemed a little understated for
three decades. You live and learn. Full details on the SW website, enjoy
It's also very worthwhile checking out
THE M&E LINKS PAGE
for more extensive listings of the music and arts related web presence of
our bands and artistes. And now a little journey around the network...