Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dryer - Beauty Parade tape (1995)

During the mid-90s, if you were situated in the Saratoga Springs/Albany, NY area and had your ear fairly close to the ground, you may remember the band Dryer as being something of a club and college radio staple. Apparently back together and on the verge of releasing a new album Dryer is/were a co-ed, indie-rock trio who bore a resemblance to Superchunk and Velocity Girl, though they didn't completely exude the excitement of either. There were at least two Dryer CDs and two 7" eps that rolled off the presses between 1994-98, but a little sidebar to their discography was this rather endearing DIY cassette I'm sharing. The ten selections on Beauty Parade were culled from a Paint Chip Records compilation called Fear Into Fuel, a bunch of demo tracks recorded for Atlantic Records, and live songs from a 1994 performance at Bogie's nightclub in Albany. I'm sure this tape was limited to a few hundred copies. Anyone want to hear more from Dryer, let me know.

01. Back Off
02. Mint Chocolate Chunk
03. Chip
04. Green Paper
05. Test Case #212
06. I Can't Wait
07. Girlfriend
08. Nothing Again
09. Speed Queen
10. 1 + 2



Mark H said...

definitely would like to hear more. i was in the ss/albany area from time to time in the mid-90s and remember this band fondly.

Cinnamon Girl said...

They weren't as good as Chomp!

Mark H said...

Haha - do I know you?!?!

spavid said...

Will try to get a couple of their singles up in the near future.

Unknown said...

Dryer is playing for the first time in 7 years at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on April 16. Check it out.

Anonymous said...

this is amazing, kinda reminds me of BITCHIN' and Mary Timony in places. if there's more, please post or link:)

Bob McChesney said...

I'm just repeating kiferguson below. Anyway..... SEE YOU THERE!!

Benj said...

Dryer was awesome, and Bob and Joel's later work with the Sixfifteens should not be overlooked either. Thanks for the post, I haven't heard this tape in 15 years!

About Music said...

Is it possible to re-up, please?

spavid said...

Link has been updated.

Anonymous said...

Re-up please?