Friday, March 25, 2016

Pyramidiacs - Tag Team 7'' ep (1998, Hellfire Club)

I must have had plenty of opportunities in the twentieth century to investigate the Pyramidiacs, be it from recommendations from Not Lame catalogs, compilations, etc...but I didn't.  Frankly, I was limited to my budget, whereas today my options for partaking in music have been stratified to an extent where money isn't so much of an object.  Back then I had to pick my battles, or more accurately bands very carefully.  This Aussie power pop quartet wasn't one of them, but after recently being introduced to this devastatingly grand slab of vinyl I hope to make up for some serious lost time.  What little I've been able to scrounge up online regarding the Pyramidiacs seems to speak to the group's garage-rock credentials, yet I'm not picking up on that notion at all.  Hardly a complaint when the band is clearly more plugged into the likes of Cheap Trick, The Hollies, and perhaps less consciously Teenage Fanclub. "I Can't Hide" is probably the definitive number on Tag Team, but I'm also tempted to pin that honor onto "Pretend," a tune that delves into the crunchier realm of so many of their Stateside indie-pop contemporaries.  The cherry on top is a faithfully executed rendition of the Posies Frosting on the Beater-era outtake "Open Every Window."

01. I Can't Hide
02. Waiting
03. Pretend
04. Open Every Window


billybadbum said...

The 'Idiots, as we affectionately referred to ourselves, were always more appreciated on the Continent than at home, where we couldn't get arrested. I recommend the 2001 Spanish release "Nobodys Fools" or the 2006 career retrospective "Stuff & Junk", which contains most of that album anyway.

There have been recent whisperings and threats of possible one-off shows to mark the 10th anniversary of our last live performances...who knows?


spavid said...

Thanks for checking in billy. By any chance do you or any of the other Pyramidiacs have a spare copy of Stuff & Junk to sell. The few online retailers that have it are asking some pretty exorbitant prices.

billybadbum said...

I'm putting Eddie Owen in touch with you, apparently he has a box of them under his bed. Cheers!

spavid said...

That would be great. Thanks Billy. My email address is in my profile.