If can remember to follow through, I am starting a series of 7″ reviews, with a posting maybe once a month or so. Here’s Part One:
Artist: Eddy & the Back Nine
Title: Improving Our Lie
Label: Super Electro Recordings
Genres: Punk, grunge, garage rock
Format: 7” vinyl EP
Featuring the vocalist of the Thrown-Ups (Ed Fotheringham), this garage/punk/grunge group released only this vinyl EP on the Super Electro Recordings label in 1993. The beauty of early 90s grunge/punk recordings that weren’t on major labels is that you can’t really find too many of them now, in the respect that the labels they were on are not around anymore, or there just isn’t a lot of information about the band, their recordings and subsequent projects.
This would be such a band. As far as I know/am able to find, this is the only release and the label itself is no longer in production (correct me if I am wrong, please). Surprisingly, I was able to grab a copy of this on Sub Pop Record’s online singles catalogue, and I was able to uncover some older Super Electro LPs for sale there as well, as if whatever was leftover from the label was sent over there. Lucky for us, right? Most of them are 8$ or less.
So the sound here is very different from The Thrown Ups in the sense that we’re not getting crazy improvised noise punk tracks here, but actual tracks that were written out, and actual somewhat thought out lyrics. We still get the overall ‘fuck you’ attitude, but that’s a good thing. In some respects, the sound and feel reminds me of early Seaweed singles, only with a little more grit. Fun!
There are four tacks here, each surprisingly short, though catchy. This brings up the point of owning it… Some folks, as I have read, passed over this release, either for the fact the vocals weren’t so great or the release as a whole wasn’t standing out; or maybe it is just the obscurity of it that turns people off, especially if the legnth of the tracks wasn’t worth paying collector prices (pleae don’t jack up the price, that’s mean!). Honestly, I enjoyed it, and it’s not a bad EP. It does stand out and it’s not afraid of what others may think of it. I can say that if you enjoy Seaweed and/or the Thrown Ups, you might like this.
Some copies are still available on the Sub Pop Records singles catalogue page, or, if you’re bold and are willing to shell out a few extra bucks (or an insane amount, depending on the collector), you might find some copies on Ebay or on Discogs.com, MusicStack or RYM.
3.75 out of 5 (but a personal fav!)