This epic kitchen sink/stink type of a tune was the FIRST musics we ever put together as a band. The fucking thing took OVER A YEAR to finish... A...YEAR!! It was first conceived as an attempt from my side at least, to merge Killing Joke, Melvins, Voivod, Amebix, Neurosis and... King Crimson! There are even backwards guitar bits on the end riff section! Khyam fully wrote the massive end riff! I can still hear those bands in it. The line-up was actually AoBW mark 2. This line up featured Mike on drums and vocals, Khyam Allami on bass and vocals and me (Grief) on guitar and vocals too.
We never released this version ever... it has real drums on it! It was recorded in August 2003 and was originally intended to be on an Undergroove Records sampler which at the time was gonna include bands like Narcosis, Charger and Black Eye Riot among others. That would have been an interesting comp. We had high hopes of making this deeply emotional Iraqi sorrow sound but with Western punk/noise influences. It's raw and it also has Einstürzende Neubauten (awesome band that we were seriously influenced by) style pipe against metal clanging and smashing from Mike too! Like I say, we were trying to decimate all these bastards with a big and bold statement and ultimately... we failed! Ha! There is a lot more to say but our arty influences, if you choose to listen closely, are all there in the layers. The band at the time was very young. Both Mike and Khyam were 21 and I was 23 when we finished it. At that time we began exploring bands such as Young Gods, Swans, Zeni Geva and getting into a lot of The Who too. We were branching out from the Melvins, Unsane, C.O.C
, NOFX love that we had into them more adult and if i'm to be English about it... pretentious bands but to our Middle Eastern / Irish souls we saw it as honest but honesty scares the fuck out of the English innit? Anyway, here is our begining... RAW and EVOLVED!
Recorded in August 2003 but written from April 2002 til about July / Aug 2003. Drums recorded by Khyam Allami at Utrophia Project Space, Deptford / Greenwich sometime in July / August 2003. Guitars, bass and vocals recorded in Khyam's bedroom around that time.
released September 1, 2003
Geith (g,v), Khyam (b,v), Mike (d)