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Artist: OBSTACLES, THE
Title: Acoustic
Format: Cass
Label: Water Under The Bridge
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
Edition of 100. "Jack Brewer (Saccharine Trust). and Marshall Mellow. Recorded @ Alex Burishkins apartment in Long Beach, 1976-77." - Water Under The Bridge.

Artist: PEER GROUP
Title: Rhetoric And Hands
Format: 7"
Label: Water Under The Bridge
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"Originally planned to be released on New Alliance (NAR 009) in 1982, but never released, PEER GROUPs five-song debut now sees the light of day courtesy of San Pedro, Californias Water Under The Bridge. "GINO PUSZTAL didnt have a band. He had a guitar strung upside down and a notebook full of half-finished angry and odd songs. He talked to GARY JACOBELLY about jamming. Gary brought in LINA SEDILLO on bass and Gino brought MIKE HURLEY in on drums. Together they formed Peer Group, a band composed of most of the remaining people in the small ovarian scene that hung out with the local South Bay bands from New Alliance that wanted to play but didnt yet have a band. As is the case with most bands choosing a name, they became Peer Group since it was the only name they didnt all immediately hate. They played together for one raw and dislocated year until there was a falling out with Gino. Ultimately it ended when the band fixed it so he would fire them all at once. The trio recruited JIMMY THE OTTER SLAYDEN on vocals. Jimmy was a pretty funny galoot. He was a surfer and a heck of a nice guy, and was a lot of fun at rehearsals. The band rehearsed and did a few gigs with Jimmy. Eventually, one day he didnt come to rehearsal. He got ahold of the band a couple of weeks later, but by then they were already trying it as a trio. During this time, late in winter 1981, the engineer at their sometime rehearsal space taped them for a demo. Most songs were recorded in one take in a couple of hours, thus explaining their charming, raw quality. Jimmy wrote Iconoclast Youth. Eating Out was Mike Hurleys contribution. Lina and Gary wrote the goofy little half bad French howl of despair Lon Chaney, and Gary wrote the twin head-scratchers Bromide and Box of Words." First pressing of 330 copies. Includes a download with four bonus tracks (including "I Saw That Movie," which appeared on the Chunks compilation)." -Water Under The Bridge.

Artist: SACCHARINE TRUST
Title: The Great One Is Dead
Format: Double LP
Label: Water Under The Bridge
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
Gatefold sleeve. "Its hard to believe that sixteen years have passed since this discs release. Its also hard to believe that so little ink, physical or digital, has been spilled to assess its qualities -- of which there are tons. To start with the obvious: there can be no Saccharine Trust without the dark insights of Jack Brewers lyrics and their nervous, halting delivery. The Great One Is Dead is filled to the brim with both. Brewers writing often seems to focus on the pain of real world relationships, real world failings, and street level real world life in general. His lyrics have always been far from Utopian in scope. It is within their poetic treatment that these stark realities are often given a kind of grace. Listen to Water on the Dance Floor or The Sadness of Apollo or Untitled No. 2 (I Gave Another Dimension the Slip) for prime examples of his lyrical prowess in these matters. Disaster Amnesiac has often been enthralled by Brewers lyrical pictures of urban California life. The way old fishermen are described in Birthing the Ancestors, and the ubiquitous liquor store of Nerudas Wave, and the tweaker friend of Reggies Plateau. These, among others, have often reminded me of similar scenes in my haunts within the Golden State. Praise must also be given to Brewer for his unique, expressive and highly personal vocal style. When you hear Jack Brewer, you know its Jack Brewer. Score one for individuality in the face of boring (industry) standards! On The Great One, Brewer uses varied mic and recording effects to alter the sound of his vocals to great effect, too. Speaking of sound, one would be pressed to find as creative a guitar player as Jacks long-time cohort in Saccharine Trust, Joe Baiza. That is not to say that Baizas technical prowess is lacking -- it is not. Joes guitar playing has been in continuous development for thirty-plus years now, as anyone who has followed Saccharine Trust and Universal Congress Of can attest to. From the early, skewed punk rock chord sounds of early S.T. to his later jazz-inflected capital L lead playing of both bands, Baiza has grown as a writer and player, all the while retaining the rawness and edge (hey, its the blues, once again!) so necessary for effective, impacting, physical oomph that makes for great rock guitar. Joe adds many purely noise/sound effects to his more linear guitar parts on The Great One. These industrial (in the machine/scrap metal sense, not in the NIN/Skinny Puppy spooky dance sense), paired with his dexterous runs, lead and color the tunes. His guitar tone is fuzzy and echo-y, adding to the raw, claustrophobic feel of the overall sound of the disc. Great, disturbing cover illustration from Joe, to boot." - Water Under The Bridge.

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