05 November 2012

AD NAUSEAM


Decades before the current wave of kids cranking out meticulously distorted and deliberately fukkd sounds there were waves of kids bashing out their own brand of desperate sounds. These blown out aural explosions laid the foundation for years of careful imitators, many of whom would make sounds far more memorable than the accidental originators. There are exceptions of course...enter AD NAUSEAM. Plodding and painful UK anarcho punk from 1982 delivered amidst complete chaos and a whir of analog distortion. The guitar alone could be a blueprint for countless hangers on, but these songs have so much more to offer than unintentional mastery of an EQ knob. Songs like "What A State" are worthy of DISORDER level accolades, and "Daddy Daddy" is a legit UK82 burner, but it's all hiding under a wall of fuzz (this is either a deal breaker or deal maker depending on how noisy you like your noise punk). Included are the 10 song demo and a 30+ minute live set from Winchester Art College - and you just thought the demo was chaotic. The political punk construct blown to oblivion, think THE DECAY and CHROME trying to bash their way through a set of primitive first wave hardcore...this shit is raw.




9 comments:

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

HOPE THIS HAS BETTER QUALITY THEN MINE THE DEMO SOUNDS FINE ON MY COPY BUT THE LIVE SOUNDS LIKE IT'S UNDERWATER

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

i heard that this demo will get released on vinly hope that happens

The Earslaughterers said...

Great post. Some of the Ad'Nauseam materials would deserve to be reissued. The "Bad noizeam" demo is probably my favourite.
More importantly: was there something in the water in Bristol at that time?

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The Earslaughterers said...

Listening to this again right now. The song "Once upon a time" is actually a cover of Awake Mankind.

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

Awake Mankind formed in 83 from members of ad nauseam "Once upon a time" actually Awake Mankind covered ad nauseam this demo was recorded in 82

Mark Barker said...

ad nauseam split for abit early 83 just after the ep reformed soon after but with mostly different people(only the singer remained) the others started awake mankind..so that song originally was an ad nausaem track.. got to say all the ad nauseam tapes were like the soundtrack to my youth ha..them being a local-ish group.. brian is in a new band FIVE GO MAD check em out live or on youtube even..

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

this is the original version of "Once upon a time" this tape was recorded in 82 Awake Mankind's version was recorded in 84 the song was written by ad nauseam's guitar player Awake Mankind was he band that he formed after he left ad nauseam I like both versions each band has its own twist to the song

maxwell madman said...

thought you might want to know that this demo along with other of there has been released on vinyl as AD NAUSEAM - Once Upon A Time.... 1982 / 1984 on VRP records from Spain hear is a link to order
http://vomitopunkrockrecords.com/gb/12/633-ad-nauseam-once-upon-a-time-1982-1984-.html
comes in blue or black vinly