Prism: eponymous album added to Archives

Posted by Wudmaster on 06/12/16

Prism have become the newest addition to the Wud Records website with their eponymous cassette album from 1988 now added to the Archives. These eight lovingly-crafted songs, expertly recorded by Paul Bateman from Daylight Studios in Honiton, feature the amazing vocal talent of Emma Waters, with Allan mostly on bass and Tom mostly on guitar.

Prism were formed by Allan and Emma during the early part of 1987 and rapidly became favourites of the Art College crowd in Exeter, which is now a part of Plymouth University. They were well known for being a rock band with no drums, and used to use this as their unique selling point, with the catchphrase ‘wot no drums’ appearing on their gig posters. Eventually they added a drummer to their line-up, but that happened subsequently to the recording of these songs.

Each member of the band contributed to the songwriting and Paul, the engineer, added a few snatches of tasteful lead guitar here and there to round out the mixes. Paul did not appear live on stage with the band but was usually at the controls, twiddling the knobs on the desk. We believe Paul may have programmed the drum machine for The Story of Samantha Kite, but have no way to confirm this.

We have long since lost track of what happened to the members of Prism but at least their wonderful songs and those wonderful vocal performances by Emma are now preserved for everyone to enjoy here on the internet. We have also lost track of the milkman, who you can hear delivering the milk to the house where much recording was done at 32 Howell Road, Exeter at the end of Blindest Night. C’est la vie, mes amis.

If you would like to listen Prism’s eponymous cassette album here at Wud Records, please click here.

To listen to it over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Wud Records: November 2016 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 04/12/16

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. None of the bands on it are associated with ourselves in any way. There are not even any of our bands’ songs included in this one. We simply accumulated the songs that we all liked during November into one playlist and published it at the end of the month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks, and we feel that the ones with fewer plays need the best chance of exposure. If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this new playlist.

Are you a member of SoundCloud? We always follow back if you have your own tracks and we always listen eventually, even if it takes a few weeks. So if you would like the opportunity of a bit of free publicity you could follow Wud Records over there.

We hope that some more people will find and listen to these wonderful songs. Each one has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. Because we enjoyed them so much, we feel that it would be great if the artists in question could have a bit more exposure for their fabulous works. So please listen, enjoy, share and check out some of these wonderful bands. The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste.

If you have a favourite or two on there, why not shout about them on social media? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of November 2016 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

The Bastard Sons of Dennis: sabbatical ended

Posted by Wudmaster on 03/12/16

The Bastard Sons of Dennis ended their prolonged sabbatical yesterday. It has been over three years since their previous live performance, at Sidmouth Festival in August 2013.

First they turned their guitars upside down and shook them until nearly all of the spiderlings fell out of the soundholes. Confused by the bright light and oncoming sonic waves, the wretched creatures scattered everywhere and ran about, this way and that, eventually hiding for cover behing the Trouser Press of Bewilderment, twitching and dribbling.

What then followed was an extraordinary rehearsal of seven hours during which the duo found they could still play an E and an A chord, even at 432hz, and could even remember (some of) some of their songs. There were a few new ones in there as well for good measure. They were a little rusty but still sounded awesome! All in all it was glorious. We feel very privileged to be witness to this reunion.

With more of the same already planned and a feeling that it will take a relatively small effort to raise the overall standard to a decent level, we feel hopeful that some finished recordings, videos, and live performances may all be possibilities in the forthcoming weeks and months. Any significant developments will be broadcast in our News service and on Twitter.

Once described as “arguably among the finest acoustic Blue Oyster Cult cover duos in the EX4 area (excluding Pinhoe)”, The Bastard Sons of Dennis have their own Twitter account and you can follow them by clicking here.

If you would like to see some of The Bastard Sons of Dennis in action performing live at various venues, you can subscribe to their YouTube Channel here.

You can also download two of their albums from Bandcamp. If you click here you will go to their collection of Blue Oyster Cult covers, titled Cosy Lube Turtle. If you click here you will go to their collection of original songs, called Cherry Smoke Empire.

Wud Records: November 2016 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/12/16

The top ten tracks for November 2016 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist at SoundCloud. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity.

We shall publish further such playlists on a monthly basis. These playlists will take into account plays, likes, downloads and reposts at SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Tracks that are only published at Bandcamp will be omitted from the SoundCloud playlist. Archive tracks will also be ignored.

November 2016 was more than 99% as busy as our record-breaking month of July. There was a lot of interest and activity involving our music towards the end of the month and eventually it fell just short, by under 30 plays.

We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make November 2016 another massive month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks. Only you, the listener, can influence our December 2016 playlist, so if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

When we have a bit of spare time we will make further Top Ten playlists going back to when Wud Records first joined SoundCloud. The way their site is structured makes it easy for us to do so, so well done to SoundCloud for being so splendid in that regard. The Wud Records charts used to be a popular feature a few years ago and it is great to be able to bring them back. We shall let you know when we publish others on Twitter, so make sure you are following us there.

Congratulations to Dark Company, whose song Medicines was our number one track once again in November. Medicines has been a massive track for us for over 20 years and has been a frequent chart-topper. Also appearing in this month’s chart are Wud, Flicker, The Subterraineans, Rough Terrain and The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Well done to all!

Meanwhile, over at Bandcamp, Pok‘s unfinished and growing Anthology album was by far and away the most popular. The recently released West Wind Blowing received the most plays by some distance. Flicker‘s fabulous 2002 album At Least 1000 Words was the most downloaded album from that website, so thanks very much for all your support to those who downloaded it.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in November 2016, as played, downloaded, liked and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen here at Wud Records, you will find that it is our new default music player and you will find it on all non band-specific pages at our site, such as our News service or our homepage.

Pok: final studio session of 2016

Posted by Wudmaster on 30/11/16

Pok and friends came for their final studio session of 2016 on Monday and Tuesday. It proved to be a particularly productive, constructive, enjoyable, precise and focused period of work. Pok and ourselves have been aiming towards being ready for an appearance of the incredible star-touched keyboard and piano wizard Jim Iz. Now we feel happy that there is something substantial present on our machines for all the tracks on which we plan to collaborate with Jim and his multi-dimensional talents.

So here is a brief account of what happened over the two days. First up, George laid down the 12-string on It’s A Blue Sky Don’t Hold No Rain. This was done using a Marshall condenser mic, replacing the previous and frightfully hissy audio recorded using an SM57. It means that now this piece is just waiting for Jim and Sven to add the finishing touches on keys and drums respectively before final mixing and mastering. We hope to be able to release it by the spring of next year.

We have not yet, at this moment in time, repaired the Alchemeon playlists, so if you would like to hear a very early version of It’s A Blue Sky Don’t Hold No Rain by Laughing Sun, please click here.

Continuing on with the same mic set-up, Pok then replaced the old (hissy, SM57) acoustic guitar with a shiny hiss-free new track to fit the new arrangement we made for Distanced Recognition. This was recorded on his Tanglewood and sounded both snapier and cheekier than the prvious recording, which was very pleasing.

The rest of Monday was spent reconstructing Crazy Mandy. We felt that the tempos were neither quick enough in the uptempo sections, nor slow enough in the downtempo sections.

Ignoring the previous guides, we set about making this song anew. Fedax laid down some beautiful rhythm and finger-picked Stratocaster guitar and once he had finished Maxx added the bass. He did a splendid job, providing both energy and sensitivity. By this time it was fairly late, so Sam retired for some office duties and the others that still remained went home.

When Tuesday dawned it was Pok‘s turn again. Leaping straight into action he laid down the other guitar track for Crazy Mandy on Broken Horn, his Gibson SG. This was beautifully realised, a perfect compliment to Fedax’s earlier Strat performance. Pok finished up by producing a blazing neo-Cuban solo for the end section.

The strings finished, it was time to add the vocals, which Pok did in great style. At the end he wanted to add a few different vocal parts, which we shall play with and mix in an ambient monastic fashion to round off the track.

During a tea-break discussion of the song it was described as being too simple to be complicated and too complicated to be simple, which seemed a fair enough assessment. Pok suggested it had elements of Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits, California Dreaming by the Mammas and Pappas and something perhaps by Marvin Gaye. George felt it had echoes of Now classics She Was Here and Not As Grey. Fedax suggested there must be an element of Enter Sandman by Metallica in there as well to add the extra gravitas and substance to the song that he felt was lacking in the previous suggestions. This also seemed at least semi-reasonable under the circumstances.

Amongst the various activities described above we also downloaded and critically evaluated some of the ambient sounds that Pok had gathered on his recent journeys. These are to be used on various tracks, including We Know You Well and Midnight Under the Tor. Finally we did a little engineering work to some of this great slab of new material to begin bending it into shape.

Pok‘s next visit to our studios will be in January and we hope that soon after that we will be able to add Jim’s keys. We also plan to make progress with the engineering side of things and may even have a couple of studio sessions with Pok‘s friends, such as Fedax, Maxx, George and Sven, to move some of these tracks forward further.

West Wind Blowing is the most recently finished track that we added to the Anthology album and it has been by far our most popular track at Bandcamp this month.

If you would like to download or listen to Pok’s Anthology album as it stands right now, you can do so by clicking here.

Guarana: unreleased demo uploaded

Posted by Wudmaster on 16/11/16

Great news for all Guarana fans! Four previously unreleased demo songs have been discovered and uploaded to a new playlist in the Archives section of the Wud Records website and over at SoundCloud. These were studio recorded tracks lurking on a couple of CDs given to us many years ago by the band themselves and we felt that Guarana fans, of whom there are many, would love to hear them.

Lullaby and Outside are both full band studio recordings that capture the two songs beautifully. It is interesting to compare the live version of Lullaby with its studio counterpart.

The other two tracks sound as if they were recorded by frontman Danny LePelley on his own. Out In The Evening is a song featuring just voice and acoustic guitar, and Confusion sounds as if Danny recorded this using just some synths, keys and voice at home.

We are not sure if Confusion was ever performed live although it somehow possesses all of the hallmarks of a classic Guarana song. We do not know who or what the Purple Rabbit was that was credited for the remix and neither do we have any other mix of this track. The first three songs were absolutely definitely all performed live by the hot trio from Guernsey at various performances.

Unfortunately we have no information whatsoever concerning these Guarana tracks. We believe they are from early 2002. We can tell you with absolute certainty that Danny played a white Fender Stratocaster and the band’s bassist had dreadlocks and played a Warwick, but beyond that we are delving rapidly into the realms of total speculation.

If you would like to hear this new playlist from Guarana here at Wud Records, please click here.

To listen over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.