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TDATS 86 is another collaboration with fellow vintage rock aficionado Walter, organiser of the annual Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. Being one of the best events in the world for seeing current bands that are keeping the memory of the good old sounds alive, plus a few of the actual good old bands themselves (The Pretty Things are playing this year), It's really cool for TDATS to be associated with the fest. Take it away Walter!
|Walter (arm raised) partying with the |
crowds on the Roadburn dance floor
|The Atomic Bitchwax (live 2001)|
The Knack, Cees Meerman was previously in Bismarc and John "Johnny" Frederiksz was also in Livin' Blues. 'Triple Guitar' is awesome, it has a really metallic feel. A third single was released under the name 'Johnny Fredericks & Temple'.
Hans van Hemmert, and Peter Vink, who was the bass player in classic Dutch garage group Q65 (see Vol63). They released five singles between 69 and 71, and they had a great, catchy but heavy glam sound like this. I have used a b-side called 'Upside Down' which is pretty simple and short, it's a spontaneous jam with a basic verse, but it has the raw and joyful feeling of a great moment caught in time, never to repeated. They definitely had the skills to make a good album so it's a shame they did not. Hans produced and co-wrote songs for many bands, including others I have used before, like Q65, The Motions and Group 1850. The rest of Big Wheel was Cyril Havermans (vocals), Rob van der Zwan (guitar), Shell Schellekens (drums) and Peter Seilberger. Havermans and Schellekens were both in Brainbox (see Vol20) just after.
|The Morticians LP (1987)|
In 2006 Gorilla recorded a nice fuzzed-up cover of Motorhead's 'Limb from Limb' (from 'Overkill' LP, 1979) which is what I have used in this comp. Bill D. played briefly in Josiah (as mentioned earlier), currently he and Johnny are playing in the Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, who appear on this volume later so there's some more Gorilla/Josiah/ASCS info coming up soon...
Snoopy' was recently used in the movie 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' and back in it's time it was used as the theme music on radio VARA's 'Sport Show' and 'Hollands Glorie' . The band was Paul Natte (keys,trumpet), Peter van den Meulenn (sax, vox), Frans de Wit (gtr, vox), Reinout Weidema (bass) and Ted de Jong (drums). I have used the b-side of their second single here, "I'm The Looser" is a great little pop song that could have been a hit world-wide. Later, Paul Natte, along with Rein van Den Broek of symphonic prog band Ekseption, made the theme tune for the Dutch coverage of the Tour de France, which was used for years. Peter van der Meulen later became a owner of The Smugglers nightclub in the town of Bussum.
|The Tower - 'In Your Life' (1968)|
|Danava on stage|
Here's a few questions I fired at Gregory, founder of the band, for this comp:
Q1. Hi Greg. Can you give us a brief account of the early formation of Danava, and which member(s) lead the way at the beginning?
Q2. Where does the name Danava come from? It's sounds familiar yet original at the same time.
"Danava for brevity's sake is a demon. A race of demons to be exact in ancient Hindu mythology. Rosy Cross named us and I'm really grateful he gave us this name because of it's absolutely fantastic nature within vs the all to quick, unfamiliar and easily overlooked quality it has. Donovan? no Danava! Haha! it immediately goes in one ear and out the other. Everyone looks to Christianity for names of an evil nature. I think it ran it's course long ago and I'm glad we got the chance to embrace something far more ancient and magical, in my opinion, than your typical archetypes of the dark side. Danavas were fascinating beings. We actually don't deserve the name but I'm proud of how it's led us about for these last ten years."
Q3. You merge a more diverse range of styles than most bands. Do you treat this as a priority when you write? Or is it just what happens to come from the band's chemistry when playing together?
"Honestly a little of both. I write the music with a sense of where I come from, under the influence of what I grew up listening to. All those great fucking bands man. The real turning point is whether or not it has our own imprint within. Our voice is firmly intact. That and the fact that we love so many different musics I suppose."
Q4. Regarding the last question, are there any band members who are particularly responsible for encouraging particular elements in your sound? If so who and how?
"Yeah, like I said before it's me. I'm the instigator and I put it all together with the help of my brothers."
Q5. I have visited Portland myself, it seems to have a strong scene with a lot of great like-minded bands. What unique influence do you think Portland has had on Danava, compared to say if you had got together in Seattle instead?
"That's a tough question. Honestly Portland absolutely didn't play any role in our sound beyond just living here. If anything, the small town nature of Portland allowed time and space to keep doing what we do. Seattle would have killed us. Not our kind of town. No offense of course."
Q6. Have any other Portland bands, old or current, had a strong influence on Danava? Could you recommend some to check out?
"Oh sure one name comes to mind and that's Fred Cole (of Zipper, see Vol44). That man deserves so much more, yet I love him right where he is. I don't have the space to tell you how I feel about that guy really. Absolutely inspiring fella that one. Beyond Fred there's Stepson, XINR....the underdogs. We carry this torch for the underdogs."
Q7 & 8. Clearly you guys appreciate the lesser-known bands, having performed two covers of great bands I have used in TDATS comps so far, namely Stray and Slowbone. Could you also tell us why you chose Stray and Slowbone and if it's just a coincidence that they are both British? Can you name 3 more similarly unknown bands that you dig and why, maybe ones you would also like to cover?
Now that's an undertaking. We've covered lots of shit live over the years. We've done The Deviants, Broughton, T2, Aeroblus, Pink Fairies and classics like Sabbath, etc. There are, as you obviously know, way too many great songs from the underground over the years. I know, for me personally, I've always wanted to do No Witch At All or Mr Longevity by Hard Stuff, Irving by Three Man Army and Just A Game by Dirk Steffens but not sure if it'll ever happen. Ah there's just too many man.
Our shining moment was performing Bullets by Zipper with Fred singing and Greg Shadoan on bass. It's on youtube, THAT was fucking incredible for me. We chose Slowbone and Stray for the fact that it's great, underground and fits our style. Another lesser known reason would a man called Steve Harris."
Q9. What does the foreseeable future hold for Danava?
"New record and more touring as usual. Never stops but we definitely like to slow down and allow the space to get our head around the music rather than keep up with the business of it all."
|Warehouse - Powerhouse LP (1972)|
|Louis Johnny Bill|
|Don't Hear It...Fear It LP (2012)|
If 70’s proto-metal is your thing; Sir Lord Baltimore, Budgie and Buffalo get you all hot under your giant pointy collar, and you can handle a big psychedelic dose of garage punk into the bargain, then make sure you dig the Shovell!"
For the comp I have used a brilliant Buffalo cover which is the final track on Cloudesley Shovell's recent debut album "Don't Hear It...Fear It" (Rise Above Records). I have taken this opportunity to ask Bill Darlington a few exclusive questions, as he has drummed for all three of the UK bands I have used in this volume, it seemed a good idea:
Q1. Hi Bill. Could you tell us how, why and where you got into being a rock musician?
Q2. Why did you choose drums? Have you played other instruments?
"Drums are my main instrument although, I do play a bit of guitar and bass. Like I said, I always wanted to be a drummer from an early age. I can remember at school I was pissed off that the music teacher chose a popular kid in my class to play the drums in a school play instead of me. I left home at 17 and lived with my then girlfriend in London. I've always been a tapper and she used to get so fucked off with it she threatened to get me a drum kit which she did for my 18th birthday. My neighbors hated me!"
Q3. What bands were you learning from back then?
"When I picked up the sicks for the first time I was trying to play along with The Who and Sabbath. I would have to say that Bill Ward's drumming was a massive help to me as it was easier to play along with than Moonie, as Bill is more direct and not all over the place. Two very different drummers but equally as cool!"
Q4. What UK bands were you watching live early on that influenced you?
"I have two older brothers that are musicians. My oldest brother Jay plays keyboards and my other brother Spud plays the bass. From about the age of 13 I used to go watch them rehearse or play live in London. They both played in a 60s garage band called Tilt-a-Whirl. That band was another influence on me to play the drums. When I started to play I was older and living in London and seeing a lot of bands that were actually very shit so it was hard to be influenced by anything live.
One band that had a big impact on my drumming was The Morticians (both John and Louis from The Shovell). They were super heavy and loud!! John's brother Simon played a double kit and he produced a huge sound that reminded me an engine with the throttle jammed on!"
Q5. For each one, could you tell us a little about how you came to play with these three bands:
"I played with Josiah first out of all three bands but only for a short while as they were based in Leicester and I am all the way down in Hastings and that's a long walk! I guess it came about as they needed a drummer at short-notice so they contacted me. I did a bunch of gigs with them and recorded a single."
"I ended up in Gorilla as they were having trouble with drummers at the time (exploding incidents, alien abduction, bizarre gardening accidents, pre opp, post opp etc...) and I had been friends with both John and Sarah for a while. It just seemed like the done thing as we all had the same musical interests and I loved Gorilla's sound. Heavy, loud and dirty!"
c) Admiral Sir Cloudesly Shovell
"ASCS came about by Louis, John and myself having a few beers one night and talking about putting a band together for something to do other than drinking beer and talking about putting a band together so that's what we did!! We started off playing a few covers like The James Gang - Walk Away and Mountain - Mississippi Queen. It sounded good and right so we decided to write our own and here we are."
Q6. What do you see as some of the notable musical differences between those three?
|Bill & Tony McPhee|
Josiah and Gorilla were similar in their direction but were quite different in sound as Josiah reminded me of Sabbath but Gorilla reminded me of Sabbath with the higher octane feel of The Who or The MC5. Gorilla are more Sabbath Rock - on speed!! I used to think that playing in Gorilla was like running a marathon and having to carry your drum kit home after!! Fuckin' knackering.
ASCS to me are like no other band I've been in. We are more into the likes of Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang etc than just Sabbath or MC5. It has a mixture of everything I have done in the past with the other two bands, but tighter. It has the thick riffs of Sabbath and the messy rawk n roll of The Stooges, MC5 with a huge dollop of the craziness of Sir Lord Baltimore. I guess I learnt a lot with the other two bands, but with ASCS I can put it all (and then some!) into practice."
Q7. The Shovell have made one excellent album so far, and had a lot of great support slots with the likes of The Groundhogs, Orange Goblin and Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. What's the plan for ASCS from here?
"Yeah, it's been a great couple of years with The Shovell! We've had a single and LP out that has had a lot of thumbs up from people across the globe, made us proud! We've also had the pleasure of some ace shows supporting some top bands. We never set out to do all of this wonderful shit but I'm mighty glad we have!
We're currently rehearsing new material for our 2nd LP which we hope to have out in the Autumn. It's sounding meaty as hell and I can't wait to get it down while it's still fresh. We have a few shows in Spain coming up next month and some locally. Also, we're playing at The Desert Fest (I'm going as Spotted Dick and Custard!!) Checkout our Facebook for more gig info."
------------------------------contributer for the file but no luck as yet... but thanks to him anyway, and thanks to Walter himself for showing me this wicked track.
Smok Smoczkiewicz - Bill Steer - Ludwig Witt
Firebird (final album lineup)
'Master of My Fate' is a great song, with a lot of Beatles-ish pop sensibility and it has great guitar lines I think would sound awesome in a heavier cover, if anybody is up for it...
Thanks for listening, Rich.
Thanks for listening, Rich.
02. The Atomic Bitchwax - Play The Game [live Atomic Rooster cover] (2001)
live at roadburn festival 2001
03. Temple - Triple Guitar (1971)
04. Josiah - Got This Thing On The Move [Grand Funk Railroad cover] (2005)
single, and fan album 'rare cuts'
05. Big Wheel - Upside Down (1970)
06. Gorilla - Limb From Limb [Motörhead cover] (2006)
compilation 'wild sound from the past dimension'
07. The Playboys - I'm The Looser (1970)
08. The Tower - Slow Motion Mind (1968)
09. Danava - The Last Goodbye [Slowbone cover] (2011)
album 'hemisphere of shadows'
10. Warehouse - Wild one (1972)
11. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Bean Stew [Buffalo cover] (2012)
album 'don't hear it...fear it'
12. Kraaijeveld - Hound is on the Run (1971)
13. Firebird - Four Day Creep [Humble Pie cover] (2009)
album 'grand union'
14. Opus - Master of My Fate (1969)
15. Jan Hollestelle - Creepy [outro] (1973)