Chrome Cranks – Oily Cranks/mAKE uP – sOUND vERITE [TDK FE-60]
December 28, 2011 § 2 Comments
Here’s a very noisy double feature! The cassette was recorded from the original vinyls (which I still own of course) to keep them from being too worn. Both of these bands had a great influence on my tastes and still mean a lot to me. Funnily enough, as it sometimes happens I share the passion for Chrome Cranks with one friend only, and I still have to find somebody who loves the make Up as much as I do. For a music enthusiast this is a strange feeling that you may recognize.
Chrome Cranks is a great forgotten band from the 90ies: they don’t have a website, not even a short entry on Wikipedia. You can find some infos about them on GrunnenRocks though. A sleazy, bluesy, noisy outfit from New York City, the various lineups featured Bob Bert (once member of Sonic Youth and Pussy Galore) William Weber III (who play with GGAllin & the Murder Junkies) and Jerry Teel (Honeymoon Killers, Boss Hog, Knoxville Girls). Oily Cranks is a collection of early (and incredibly raw) material. The sound quality of this record is not at all demished by being recorded on tape as this might be the noisiest e roughest sounding record I ever bought: the words “sound quality” applied to this record are an oxymoron. If you want to get a taste of how they sounded live, check out this pretty decent free bootleg.
Sound Veritè on Side B is the third LP from Washington DC’s Make Up and the first of their studio albums, being Live! At Cold Rice and After Dark live albums. The band was born from the ashes of another great DC band: The Nation Of Ulysses. The line up was indeed composed by the three former NOU members Ian Svenonius (later of Scene Creamers, Weird War and Chain & the Gang) Steve Gamboa and James Canty with Michelle Mae on bass. Their sound, a stripped down version of James Brown-meets-Dischord was as much set in the past as surprisingly futuristic and unique. Their uncomprimising attitude and political stance so absurd it made (it makes) perfect sense. Ian Svenonius’ later outfits follow indeed the same route and, though with sometimes less impressive musical results, his sermons are still sharp and funny as ever.
Tracklist order on this cassette has Side A and Side B of the original album inverted for unkwnon reasons. I guess I liked better Side B than Side A!