Dark Company: RIP Pete Greatorex

Posted by Wudmaster on 13/05/16

We have some terribly sad news. ‘Speedy’ Pete Greatorex – poet, vocalist, songsmith, raconteur, artist, thespian and frontman of Dark Company passed away on Sunday 1st May. He died at Wonford Hospital, Exeter after a long battle with a number of complicated conditions.

Pete was such a big character that it’s hard to believe he’s gone. We are all gutted, and at the same time thankful to have known such an extraordinary human being. He left behind two children, two grandchildren and an unspecified amount of cats, frogs and fish. We miss him terribly and intend to honour his memory by continung to produce Dark Company music.

Goodbye doowadu man, fly free.

Normal service will be resumed soon.

R.I.P. ‘Speedy’ Pete Greatorex, 02/08/44 – 01/05/16.

Dark Company: album opener compilation

Posted by Wudmaster on 28/04/16

We have created a brand new album opener compilation for Dark Company, which is now the default SoundCloud playlist at all of Dark Company’s pages here at Wud Records that are not album-specific.

Our regular visitors will know all too well that our old in-house mp3 player, the (previously) wonderful Flamplayer, is now broken beyond all repair and is no longer supported by its developers. What a pity.

The search for a solution to this unfortunate situation led us to SoundCloud, with whom we have developed a splendid sonic partnership. With an ever-growing fanbase and an expanding collection of playlists at SoundCloud we sincerely hope they do not simply disappear, as has been suggested in the music press in recent times. Fingers and other protuberances crossed please.

Dark Company‘s default playlists tend to change from time to time and we shall be bringing you further such playlists in the future, as well as keeping an archive of old compilations at SoundCloud. Subscribing to our News service will mean you need never miss any such developments.

You can enjoy this album opener compilation by visiting any of Dark Company’s pages that do not have their own specific player. Their homepage here at Wud Records is a good example, and you can visit that page by clicking here.

If you would like to listen to Dark Company’s album opener compilation at SoundCloud, perhaps whilst exploring other playlists we have uploaded there, you can do so by clicking here.

Laughing Sun: Indeed repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 27/04/16

Indeed by Laughing Sun has now been repaired and added to our ever-growing collection of playlists over at SoundCloud. Each track has, where possible, been edited to show lyrics and relevant information such as composers, performers and odd points of interest.

Indeed was recorded on a cassette at 31 Cowick Lane, Exeter back in September 1985. Most of the recordings feature Pok, George and Grape, although towards the end Grape left the building, leaving just Pok and George to continue. Most of the versions of these songs are the first time they had ever been heard, rehearsed or performed by the band, so are rather shabby.

Included in the Indeed collection are fragments of the song At One, the beginning of which was recorded over on the cassette. Although At One was a song that was also performed by Wud, we believe that this is an early Laughing Sun version. Laughing Sun later included the full version of At One in their set.

There are two cover versions present in the collection – Hassan-I-Sabbah by Hawkwind and Stella Blue by Grateful Dead. Information concerning cover versions published in the Indeed collection has been referenced to the sources we used when putting this digitised playlist together.

If you would like to listen to Indeed by Laughing Sun here at the Wud Records website, you can do so by clicking here.

If you would prefer to listen to it over at SoundCloud’s website, you can do so be clicking here instead.

Wud Records: recommended Bandcamp albums

Posted by Wudmaster on 04/03/16

Wud Records’ recommended Bandcamp albums have changed. If you are a fan of awesome twenty-first century progressive rock and progressive metal then you will abdolutely love the three albums we have chosen. Go ahead and click the links! They are:

Twinned With: Your Face by Throatpunch City
Stunning original virtuoso progressive rock, they put on a great live show too.

Rise of the Waterfowl by Farmhouse Odyssey
Keyboard-driven smooth melodic progressive rock from the USA, inspiring and addictive, beautifully crafted songs.

Ode to the Author by Toska
Instrumental progressive metal from three exceptionally talented young musical gurus who also play in the band Dorje.

There is so much great music to recommend at Bandcamp that we try to refresh our recommendations from time to time, although this time it has been a very long time indeed!

The three fabulous albums below are the ones making way. All of these are also wonderful recommended Bandcamp albums. Each deserves a download, or at the very least a full listen, so please go ahead and click the links. Albums removed from our recommendations go back into the pool and will reappear there sometime in the future as we still love them all.

Great Pagans EP by Great Pagans, on Anti-Ghost Moon Ray
Dreamy, evocative, whimsical, beautiful harmonies and lakes of guitar, fueled by the quiet power of the underdog. You will want them to win! Utterly enchanting post-Smiths indie pop rock grunge.

The Independent Hand by The Throats, on Sleeping Brothers Records
Lo-fi heartfelt self-deprecating musical comedy from The Throats on Sleeping Brothers Records. A collage of emotions crafted of leftfield sounds add to the wonderful guitar/voice arrangements.

Raygun EP by High/Low
Hi-energy big sound post-shoegaze indie rock from Southend, England. Guitar wall assaults your senses and great use of vocal harmonies. Hints of Foo Fighters and The Who. Came to us via Twitter.

We will try to refresh our recommended Bandcamp albums every six weeks or so. More joyful unearthed gems will be shouted about in our News service and on Twitter.

You can follow Wud Records on Twitter by clicking here.

Lemming Meringue: Demo repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 29/02/16

The Lemming Meringue Demo has been repaired and added to our collection of playlists over at SoundCloud. It features eight of the tracks that the duo were playing at that time and ends with some anarchic and joyous shouting.

This was a very basic recording done on cassette and the quality is not very good. However, it is at least some sort of documentation of Lemming Meringue, the rather short-lived duo that was the trial run for the subsequent Wud band. Lemming Meringue mostly performed at open mic nights in folk clubs and took on the Wud moniker and extra musicians in the spring of 1985.

To listen to the Lemming Meringue Demo here at Wud Records, please click here.

To listen to it at SoundCloud, please click here.

Ug Brothers: new Ugstrumental descriptions

Posted by Wudmaster on 26/02/16

The Ugstrumental collection by The Ug Brothers at SoundCloud has had all of its descriptions enhanced with new facts, history and trivia. Each track of Ugstrumental music at SoundCloud now has its own separate backstory.

An Ugstrumental is, of course, an instrumental by The Ug Brothers. This particular collection was a set of bootleg recordings from rehearsals to allow Natalie to have a karaoke tape to listen and sing along to.

We hope you enjoy the new enhanced descriptions. We shall be transferring these updates across from SoundCloud to our partners at Explicit Music in due course.

At some unknown time in the future we aim to completely remaster these Ugstrumentals and release them as a live and unbrushed album. The sound quality is not yet good enough for such a release as these tracks were lifted from a master cassette. The master cassette was in turn created from various other cassettes that no longer exist as far as we can tell. Second generation cassette is simply not up to the task of being downloadable without some remastering process.

If you would like to listen to the the Ugstrumentals by The Ug Brothers (as they stand just now) whilst reading the new and improved details concerning each track, you can reach them all by simply clicking here.

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