Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Five months ago I got an email about Wild West, a post-punk band active in the M Squared Studios scene in Sydney, Australia between 1980 and 1981. This past Spring they released the Selected Recordings compilation Scratch Another Day, which includes their Beat the Drought EP and live material from their first and last shows. I don't know a terrible amount about the changing post-punk landscape in Sydney in the early 1980s, but I do know that Wild West's brand could fuse funk with harsh synthesizer tones ("Red Sea," "We Can Do") then turn around and strum out a melodic downer ("Locking," "That's Set"). Throughout their entire range, the songs sound desperate and with purpose, the recording straight and raw. Scratch Another Day is available on CD from CD Baby and digitally on bandcamp. Check out a few of my favorites below then stream the whole thing.
p.s. apparently the pots & pans drum part at the end of "We Can Do" was inspired by "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" and that's rad