Monday, October 15, 2012

11th Hour 7" ep (1985, Shag)

Ever wonder what Barrett Jones was up to before he produced the first Foo Fighters album?  Good, neither did I, but I'm going to share this with you anyway.   My understanding is that this is the first of two 7"'s from Barrett's mid-80s crew, based in the environs of the nations capitol.  Noticeably different than the racket Grohl was conjuring up with his band Dain Bramage from the same era, 11th Hour were cut from collegiate indie-rock cloth, bringing pensive ideas to the table on all four numbers.  Said motifs skew slightly to the melancholic, but it's the skittish guitar ruptures, intermittently peppering "Inside Movements" and "Haunted" that afford this record with just about as much the sleeve it's housed in.  Okay, it's really not that bland, just a bit routine.  "Carpet Place" is this disk's most tuneful reprieve, and is alone worth the trouble of downloading.  Enjoy (or not).  Thanks to the kind chap who supplied me with these files.  You know who you are.

01. Carpet Place
02. Ask Me
03. Inside Movements
04. Haunted

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