Friday, January 05, 2007
Release The Bats - Ever Pleasant Smile
Well I've seen someone on the Deathrock Forum asking for this album, so I decided to post it here.
Release The Bats were a goth band from Bolton. Don't know much more but they released a 7" in 1985 with 2 tracks: 'Unacceptable Behaviour' and 'Harsh'. Both tracks can be found on the LP.
I won't say that this album is classic stuff but it's damn rare and worth a listen. I was lucky to find this one through a German punk mailorder that found some stock copies of records on First Floor and selled them quite cheap (I was also able to replace my worn copy of the Saigon LP).
For those who don't know, First Floor was a sublabel of the infamous Rock-O-Rama. This label started as a punklabel, releasing German punk and also licensed records off of Propaganda Records from Finland so that people had easier access to those classic Finnish hardcore punk records. But later the label also released records by Skrewdriver and other RAC/WP bands. Rock-O-Rama ceased all activity in the 90's after the police raided their office.
I don't think that bands like Release The Bats, Saigon and They Must Be Russians were aware of the connection; or maybe they didn't care?
Ever Pleasant Smile LP (First Floor Records-FF 7-1986)
1. Ever Pleasant Smile
2. Designed To Mislead You
3. Situation Excellent
4. Pause For Thought
5. Unacceptable Behaviour
7. Knock For Six
8. Easiest Of Transitions
10. This Flippant Thing
Release The Bats