03 January 2010

BIG SKIN HEARTS


This one man band from Chikasha, Oklahoma started a pretty brilliant self promotion blitzkrieg back in 1992, by placing these demo tapes all over the University Of Oklahoma campus. There weren't really that many rockers around, and we kinda thought we all knew each other (or at least knew who everyone was), and then here comes this vaguely punk, very noisy, grunge tinged self recoded demo tape...and it's from Chikasha!?!! And even from a place like Norman, we were impressed and intrigued. The closest comparison I can namedrop is GOD'S ACRE, who sounded a hell of a lot like NIRVANA's Nevermind a year or so before that relatively famous record was released (but GOD'S ACRE were way dirtier, and therefore, better). These ten songs are hopelessly catchy and melodic, but filthy and distorted at the same time, the guitar tone is something to be strived for, even if one doesn't care for the tunes.  No song titles, just "Five Songs" on side 1, and "Five More Songs" on the flip (that kinda added to their mystery), but check out the last tune on side 2 and think SCRATCH ACID, then listen to the finale to the first side and think MUDHONEY, and then think of one dude making this magic all by himself.  In Chikasha, Oklahoma.



5 comments:

mike said...

Wow! Very obscure.Chikasha was also home to 70's proto punks DEBRIS.

the wizard said...

Listen to that DEBRIS record...can you imagine that bunch of burnouts making that kind of racket in fucking CHIKASHA in the 70s??!? that shit blows my mind.
what would it take to get a few SUBSANITY demos off of you? I know you got 'em, and i'm happy to trade. hit me up, The Wizard needs tapes!

Anonymous said...

Big Skin Hearts went on to play live through the 90's as a four piece I would know I was in it.

Anonymous said...

http://www.myspace.com/bigskinheartsmusic

ringo said...

I have not heard this shit since I recorded it...I remember my little fostex 4track--and I had 2 pawn shop mics..my recorder had 2 mic inputs..I would run a direct out of my tiny practice amp and mic the front/mix the 2 together---that 4track saved me from suicide many times....I still record to this day (on a Digital rig) BSH stuff--matter of fact..I just recorded a cover of March of the Chrome Police today..thanx so much for putting this stuff out there..
it made my day.