These recordings are currently available for £2 each, plus postage...
TOTAL VERMIN #6: PUFF - "PUT DOWN" CD-R
Latest work in Joincey's Puff continuum. Unworldly pop, power electronics and bubble wrap abuse, tinged with the desolation of a perverted rainbow. Spraypainted CD-R (5 tracks, 21 minutes) in card sleeve adorned in Joincey's vague visage, with photocopied insert. 50 copies.
TOTAL VERMIN #7: SMEAR CAMPAIGN - "ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT, ANOTHER JOYLESS WANK" C20
Recorded one lonely weekend in May, the unsightly and stinking produce of a navel-gazing loser with too much time on his hands. 50 copies on red tapes in red boxes with red photocopied sleeves.
TOTAL VERMIN #9: FORD MADDOX BROWN/SMEAR CAMPAIGN C30
Manchester's Ford Maddox Brown's new age synth mask hides an ugly brute of an ogre, threatening and cajoling, and fitfully sticking his scabby coarse tongue through their shiny strawberry lips. The other side is some kind of electric wall, crackling and buzzing and shocking our weaselly protagonist as his pathetic naked frame slides flaccid from repeated attempts to mount it. Lilac tapes and inlays, with artwork from Burial Suit. 50 copies.
TOTAL VERMIN #10: SERFS - "AT VICTORIA BATHS" CD-R
Strung out twin guitar explorations tying Fahey/Crazy Horse/Dead C venn diagrams into galactic knots of sound, enhanced on this live recording by the atmospherics of the Victoria Baths and the clatter and screech percussion of T. Hardman, P. Nicholls, B. Dean and S. Arnot. 47 copies on stencil-sprayed CD-Rs.
TOTAL VERMIN #11: GHOST OF AN OCTOPUS - "4, 10, 9, 11, 6, 8" C40
Cracked guitar and deadweight bass duo from the minds, guts and sweaty blistered fingers of a Puff/Smear Campaign alliance. Blindfolded sketching in oil and blood. A ghastly nightmare wherein you cannot find that fucking kettle that is boiling over with some horrible goddamned corrosive and you know that the work surfaces will be ruined. 50 copies, pink tapes and inlays.
TOTAL VERMIN #12: MUSCLETUSK/SMEAR CAMPAIGN C24
Heady, and heavy, live aktion from the 'Tusk, pissing off the neighbours of Manchester's Fuel Cafe in October 2006. As powerful as one could wish for, while never falling down onto any 'harsh' cliches. Two Smear Campaign pieces, a cymbal workout, and a trumpet lament. Orange tapes, green cases, colour inlays, 50 copies.
TOTAL VERMIN #14: USURPER TRIO - "PARTY TAPES" C37
"Easily the dumbest thing we've ever recorded". Ali and Malcy are joined by Grant from Muscletusk on this tape, where early japing gives way to some true out sounds. Comparitively low fidelity recording to some other Usurper releases removes the sounds from their sources, giving the listener a thorough brain-bending. Blue tapes, yellow boxes, colour inlays, 50 copies.
TOTAL VERMIN #15: GHOST OF AN OCTOPUS - "19, 21, 23, 14" C47
More heads-down fret fretting from Joincey and I. The first side (19) is one track with the both of us on guitar, a prolonged attack of double-soloing. If you know that John McLaughlin/Carlos Santana record, it's not like that. 21 and 14 see us in traditional guitar/bass mode, and on 23 we both play bass. It struck me the other day that GOAO sounds like an angrier Noggin. Without violins. White tapes, white cases, white inlays, 50 copies.
TOTAL VERMIN #16: PLUM SLATE - "ABRAXXXASS" CD-R
So, is this guy obsessed with Santana? Or what? All electric affair, and dissimilar to recent (and probably future) live outings. If you wish you only had to listen to Joincey in Ghost Of An Octopus (and I do), then pretend he's playing as well, and try to ignore what's actually happening. Or press stop, take the CD out, and put a Coits one in instead. Do what you like, I'm not your dad. Or your carer. 6 track, 35 minute stencil-sprayed CD-R in DVD case, 50 copies.
TOTAL VERMIN #17: SABOTEUSE - "APERÇU" CD-R
Saboteuse is the parts of Sculptress with testes, i.e. Andy Jarvis and Joincey, joined on one track of this release by Pascal Nichols of Stuckometer and that. A disparate clutch of guitar/drum tracks, with your boys swapping duties, I believe. Also includes some nice Stokey vocals from Joinson. 5 track, 30 minute stencil-sprayed CD-R in DVD case, 50 copies.
These recordings, on various other labels are also available...
KOVOROX SOUND #30: SMEAR CAMPAIGN - "STAKES SHARPENED" CD-R £4
"6 tracks of wailing free trumpet, bludgeoning bass, screaming percussive clang and piercing feedback hell from Manchester noise/style guru. Total running time 33:06" Lea's description.
CASUAL SEIZURES no cat: SMEAR CAMPAIGN - "NIT SEASON" CD-R £2.50
"Five tracks of howling voice/feedback/what the fuck? from Barbarians/Plum Slate thumper (Featuring a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong'...worth the price alone!). Sprayed cdr's in slim dvd box." Gareth's description.
UNVERIFIED RECORDS UN006: SMEAR CAMPAIGN - "GAGGED AND BOUND (I WISH I WAS)" CDR £4
"Liverpool – home of The Beatles, and now refuge to exiled Manc style icon Stuart Arnot AKA Smear Campaign. In this fat blurt, he spills the contents of his filthy mind onto yr favourite sheets and turns the Capital of Culture on its head. Enveloping, triumphant skree for trumpet and electrical storm. Tracks: Sigh and Come, Fuck a Fascist, The Mechanisation of Romance pt2: Aroused by Robots, Acid Rain on St Swithuns Day." Euan's description
SINGING KNIVES no cat: THE WHOLE VOYALD - LIVE AT THE HEELEY INSTITUTE CD-R £4
"The Whole Voyald is based around the intimate Dead Man guitar interplay of Serfs Jon Collin and Tom Settle but with Pascal from Stuckometer on drums and Stuart ‘Smear Campaign‘ on trumpet helping it blister into full colour. The name comes from a collection of stories by the humanistic Armenian-American writer William Saroyan, at the start of which he explains that the word 'voyald' is a neat combination of the words 'void','voyage', and 'world'. A recording of the amazing set they played at The Heeley Institute on Friday 27th October 2006 is now available." Label description.
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