Thursday, February 28, 2008

Guyver One - 7"

This is exactly the cheesy kind of shit I write sometimes... I hope you all at least get a laugh out of it once in a while...

"Super frantic early screamo from none other than San Diego. Very similar to Swing Kids, Antioch Arrow, Clikatat Ikatowi and Heroin (theres gotta be something in the water there). The funny thing about this record is the Grandmaster Flash and Sugar Hill Gang records playing in the background of the recording... Very similar to the Indian Summer song Angry Son, with the Bessie Smith record playing... Funny, and then the band cuts your entrails out with a swift razor sharp blast and youre not laughing anymore.... until the next break when you can hear more old school hip-hop. Yay."

I mean, really... 5th grade writing level. haha!! Okay. I have yet to see the artwork for this 7" anywhere and it has always been one of my favorites. So I finally scanned it myself (on my new work scanner!) and am sharing it all with you. Click and view art for 700px artwork (700pixels?!?!? Yes. I know. Outta control). Ive included a link to the album, which may or may not have the hip-hop snippets in between the songs. If it does not (because there is a copy floating out there sans hip-hop samples) then let me know, and I will up my copy which does contain said samples by the Sugar Hill Gang and Grandmaster Flash.

And while youre at it, please stop by Hardcore For Nerds and check out his blurb on the band and a link to their full length, which is worth hearing, but just okay when compared to the 7".

Now for some art, which regrettably is missing the awesome acetate insert with red printing. I had it hanging on various walls since 1995 and have long since lost it. It was another Guyver One pic (the comic) and was bookmark sized.

Front Cover

Back Cover

Inside Cover 1

Inside Cover 2

Insert Side 1

Insert Side 2 w/ Lyrics

7" Sleeve and Record

Guyver One 7" (1995 - Inchworm Records)


Blogger LLIW said...

all i have to say

5:01 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Thanks Blend,

Anything with Clikitat Ikatowi mentioned alongside kinda gets my mouse finger twitching.

Hey...I think I finally discovered a zenfacepunch band that I don't think I discovered here. The album is Marauder by Diesto, and I'm loving it. Some older school hardcore sludge with vocals reminiscent of "It's Me God" and "Kollapse" era Breach, with some good guitar rock groove at times (reminding me of Mule) probably mentioned it a year ago or something though...

9:38 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Whoops, I meant "Isle of Marauder".

A common mistake.


12:19 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

terry, i got that from wine women song today actually! i havent listened to it yet. I need to get to it tomorrow.

thanks for letting me know! how synchronous. do you visit wine women song?

will, lol!

1:14 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

Wow, that art is awesome! (or should I say, awesumo...)

Especially like the pictorial instructions on how to breakdance on the back.

Thanks for the link!

5:27 AM  
Blogger Terry said...


Wow, that was a pretty quick loss of memory to forget where it came from within 24 hours of downloading it (um...sorry, mr. wws, no disrespect...)I think just seeing the words "Dazzling Killmen" in the lengthy writeup probably made me download it and the name "Diesto" probably made me think "another one of those kinda bands" (i go by feel more than logic i suspect). When I'm busy at work sometimes I skim writeups more than I should, but then a lot of reviews compare bands that don't always seem accurate to me.

So yup, that's where it's from. I thought it was something that had been sitting on my desktop for a while, but that was probably Caspian, which I also like even though it sort of unseats heroes that have not yet expired off my playlists.

If i've got time I usually link to Wine Women and Song and Blood is Truth. I like gabba gabba hey's sites as well though I don't look for music so much there. I also like Lexicon Devil's site he seems neat and I like his writing, and because he's concerned with bicycles, which I'm a nut for (I love nyc bike snob!). I used to hit Bolachis Gratis and a couple others before they slowed down or disappeared. I also think una piel de astracan is pretty good.


2:30 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

hey blend, re: cool vinyl, I bought Drive Like Jehu Yank Crime today. Combination blue LP and red 7". Not sure if you have it on vinyl, or if it's the same as that? The 7" looks like it has ink spilled on it, not sure if that's a mistake or a nod to the cover art!

Also, I bought the Battles vinyls like I said I would. They rock, especially the remixes!

Guyver-1 7" file just passed the 100 download mark. Obsessed With... is lagging considerably behind...

terry - thanks for the kind words. Not sure exactly what you were trying to say, but I do know that I tend to be posting less music directly of recent. I'm hoping to do some new posts for SDOB soon. I see from your profile that you like Auster and Kafka? Kafka will require a lot of ambition for me to write about, but I ahve a couple of interesting Auster books to blog sometime; most recently, Oracle Night (about Brooklyn, btw) although I haven't actually read it yet.
It's a really nice edition - 'rough fronted' as I learnt in the AV Club today...

3:51 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

I have Yank Crime on cd and the Hand Over Fist 7" on mp3 only. I almost had a vinyl cope of the self titled and i blew it by not acting fast enough. Maybe it wasnt the right time...

i know the original cover for the 7" had guitar cords or something across it. so im going to assume that the 7" they included in Yank Crime LP is redesigned.

I think Rick Froberg does all the artwork...

4:34 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

I had the mp3 version of the album from eMusic, which includes the Hand Over Fist 7"... the LP only has the first six tracks up till 'Sinews', and 'Human Interest', 'New Intro' and 'New Math' on 7".

Didn't really like the mp3/CD format of the album; 12 tracks (two versions of Sinews) and 69 minutes of abrasive math rock is almost as headwrecking as an hour of Mohinder! This LP/7" combo is much more accessible...

I assume I got a repress of some kind, though there's no date on it. It wasn't second hand, it was just in the stack in Tower and I was all like "Sweet deal!"

4:50 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Hi Gabba,

What I meant to say is that although I don't go to your site as often as others to look for music, I enjoy reading what you've got to say about stuff. Like Blend, you genuinely dig what you're writing about, and it's worth reading.

Speaking of reading, yeah I like Kafka...just as much as I like the idea of Kafka, meaning I don't read him often or try to get nearly as much out of his work as I could, but his stuff is magnetic for me. Auster I genuinely enjoy, though I'm not as big a fan of his recent work as I am of Leviathan, The Music of Chance, or The New York Trilogy. I also like Don Delillo, Martin Amis, Michel Houllebecq, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen. I've been meaning to ask you on your site if you've ever read "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn (recommended) but I was trying to get a better read on your tastes before I suggested it.

Cheers, Terry

7:43 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

hi terry

just so you know, I wasn't being narky or anything, but rather just trying to understand what you were referring to. It's strange, how much I enjoy having shared musical tastes with people, and yet how completely possible it is to respect and appreciate other people's love of music totally not to my taste... kinda.

I haven't read - although I've heard the name before - that Geek Love book, but I'll keep an eye out for it. Same with Franzen and the others you mention; and I'm always up for reading a DeLillo. I probably know Auster's more recent work better (Travels in the Scriptorium is pretty good), but as for the New York trilogy I have City of Glass in graphic novel form and it's awesome.

cheers, Gabba

11:51 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i must read the DeLillo book you reviewed. and other books you mentioned.

has anyone read the illuminatus! trilogy by robert anton wilson?

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super frantic early screamo? Nice :)

One of these forgotten bands I've discovered thanks to you, mighty zen-face-punch crew ;)

BTW, talking of cool vinyls make me somehow angry. I have fucking problems with collecting cds from my wishlist here, not even mention cool vinyls! Fuck!

I tell you, you are lucky, all of you out there ;)

3:25 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

- kissmysoundsystem; to explain, for a start I was always myself envious of people with cool vinyls when I didn't even have (until the start of this year) a turntable/record player, and secondly, I'm working through a scholarship grant for the player + vinyls, so once that runs out I won't be able to buy as many either...

but for now I'm picking up lots of cool stuff, though a lot of it not old stuff (because of a) what's available and b) there are a lot of good current groups with stuff to buy on wax). And I'm staying clear of eBay, for fear I'd spend all my money on exactly this

- Blend; couldn't find much online about DLJ releases. But my copy of Yank Crime is Headhunter/Cargo records, not Swami, if that means anything to you.

4:24 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

that makes sense, in terms of distribution. I believe Headhunter/Cargo distributes a lot of stuff in Europe.

The original was released on Interscope and then re-released by Swami (Reis's label).

The Swami one included the 7" which explains the distribution being Cargo/HH... Interscope was a major label thus not needing any special distribution.

12:33 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

yep, thanks for that, it (kinda) sent me on the right track.

Swami re-released 'Yank Crime + 3' in 2002, which is, track-wise, what I have.

According to, however, the Headhunter vinyl (LP + 7") is the original from 1994.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous jason said...

These dudes played in the front living room of my college house. It got so hot in the room with about 40 people crammed in it that one of the guitarists puked on the floor and then ran outside and collapsed in exhaustion. Was pretty awesome.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous atomjon said...

Man, I always found that the packaging was usually better than the tunes on most mid 90's Ebullition distributed hardcore. I was listening to Han Shan and realized that the music totally blew, but boy, the packaging was good.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

These scans and the vinyl rip are awesome. Top notch. I have been looking for this 7" for a while now.

I check your blog daily. It is simply awesome. I need to step my album blog game up!

Have a great holiday!

10:57 AM  
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Blogger Sweetness & The Light said...

Why did you deleted the file from mediafire???

4:56 PM  

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