What started out as an idea to reissue one
of the Flashbax Tapes Series soon turned out in a
demanding project driven by the enthusiastic Mick Magic (you
can read an interview we did with him a few years ago
HERE) to create an ultimate Flashbax, showcasing the best of
M.M.A.T.T…. featuring all the different line-up’s with
Shona Moments, Lulu Jackson, Pete
Program, Kate Twilight and Jay Time
performing some of the best alternative psychedelic space pop rock with
female vocals ever made .
More than 3 Months in the making,
transferred from the original masters by the bands supremo Mick Magic, re
– mastered painstakingly and lovingly by Frank E. and
supervised by 6 9 N & F you can hear the famous
underground space pop rock from the first recordings from 1987 with
selections from their cassette only albums up to 1992, just before work on
the 1996 CD Album “Creavolution” (Music &
Klappstuhl Records have
released Flashbax Ω Ultimate on 25.10.2015,
simultaneously as CDR Album and Digital Album.
The digital version includes a further
rarities Album ‘Flashbax Alpha II’ with the secret single
“Freedom Overflow” and the original 30+ Minutes Session
Version of “Sister Jody”.
Each CDR copy comes with an additional dl
code to get all the bonus tracks and an extensive pdf booklet detailing
the band’s history by M. Magic as well as printable artwork etc.
The download version is available on
Klappstuhl Records Bandcamp page, if people want to order the hard
copy on disc, they need to contact Klappstuhl, the link for which is just
above the ‘redeem code’ one.
There’s nothing wrong with pop and rock
music for the space age and remembering the times when everything seemed
to be possible – with just a some DIY spirit and the tools at hand. Will
this be the last M.M.A.T.T. release or a new beginning ??
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Basically, a personalised touch (and interview link!) added to the info on
the original Klappstuhl promo leaflet, and muchly appreciated to boot.
It's all about spreading the word to eyes that have not seen...
Whilst on the subject of music (and elsewhere), it's well worth giving a
mention to Mike's current band, the mighty New Zero God. He 'We
Transferred' (is that a legit verb these days?) me a copy of their latest
album a couple of months back, "Short Tales & Tall Shadows". He's not lost
that dark rich voice over the years (just his hair), trust me. NZG bring
Gothic into the modern day, making good use of the digital studio variety
of electronics, then throwing in the odd psyche element and playing around
with dreamlike production. There's the expected nods to the likes of The
Mission, Mike has worked with Wayne Hussey after all, and Sisters Of
Mercy, but all moved on to the 21st century. And watch out for a few shows
around Europe (which I trust will include the Methodist Church Hall in
Knott End-On-Sea) coming up in the not too distant future. Sam and I
actually recorded a short drama sequence for a Flowers album once, sort of
doctors and nurses thing that Mike has asked us to do (British accents,
very much in demand, though normally as bad guys in American movies).
We're talking medical, we don't have a well kept porno secret or anything.
I don't know if it was ever used though. To be honest, I'd forgotten about
it till just now, maybe Mike will let me know when he's read this. Sam and
I could have been in films if that had worked out. Fate can be a fickle
NEW ZERO GOD - OFFICIAL WEBSITE
And a late note in from DJ Bazza, we made his latest playlist on November
16th, nice man. But was he more sensible than those other radio jocks
we've already mentioned? Did he play the nice sensible track? No, he aired
"Variations (On A Theme By Peppa Pig)" too. Maybe fate is trying to stop
being a fickle mistress and tell me something; "Magic!" (Sorry to make you
work for it, but you have to imagine these words spoken in an eerie voice
with lots of reverb, you know, like a New Zero God track), "Your
psychotronic future lies in doing trippy covers of children's TV themes!"
The rest of Barry's (oh yes, we're on first name terms now) playlists are
infinitely more sensible. The recent show we're on, for example, also
includes the likes