Saturday, September 29, 2012

the front - la bete humaine 12" 1987

third installment from these four lads out of cali, released in 1987 thru nocturnal records and production, an indie label based in san diego. the front, not the synthpop outfit..... was mark baez(vocals and guitars), morgan smith(lead guitar), kevin chanel(bass) and dan mehlos on drums and percussion. released two(rock/punk) eps before this (gangland 1984 and man, you gotta move, 1986). unlike the first two eps, this record is a bit mellow and less edgy but with equal political messages as suppose to punk ala the clash or the jam.
quick note: they have a cd compilation of all three eps and more available for download here!

la bete humaine...

son of sam...


Sunday, September 16, 2012

peter and the wolf - peter and the wolf 12" 1986

italo-synth from the mid-eighties, with spandau ballet vocal sound alike. released thru various labels and distributors(american disco, carrere, teldec and blanco y negro), weird cover art, not much to say about the band... very little or no info at all. they sound a bit like the canadian outfit strange advance.

peter and the wolf(12" version)...
peter and the wolf(instrumental)...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

sweden - keep it set 12" 2002

given the release date and time that this record came out... you would think it would be a walk in the park gathering fouroneones about this pretty unique us synth/alternative indie outfit, a trio of richard agerbreek and sisters alex & leja kress, having said all that.. i am still clueless about the band's origin. although i'd like to hear more from them, their self-released full length cd now very hard-to-find was released in 2000. but other than the 4-track demo in 1998 which by the way includes a cover of alphaville's big in japan, this 12" sums just about everything sweden represents. a four track ep that includes two mixes of "keep it set" plus way to love and the album version(for the fans of shiny toy guns, just keep it  kewl).

keep it set(khabarta mix)...

way to love...