Black Time – ‘Blackout’ – Concrete Life Records (con 2 – Via Cargo Records)
Members of Black Time have previously done time in the notorious HOTWIRES gang (artROCKER Records), THE ACTION TIME (Southern Records) & the month long spontaneous noise protest THE QUICKIES.
Other concurrent projects include transatlantic boy/girl campfire punks SEXAPHONE and the late-night-red-light raunch of THE SUBWAY SLIMS (7-inches of pleasure coming sometime, maybe). They also put on THE RHYTHM HIVE club night (which has hosted appearances by Part Chimp, Beachbuggy, Reverend Pike & The Motherfuckers), DJ regularly at artROCKER & the WHOPPEE CLUB burlesque night & publish the fanzines ‘Fun In The UK’, ‘Lost In The Supermarket’ & ‘Killer45!’
Records on the dansette prior to the weekend long recording session that produced the BLACKOUT long player included:
HOUND DOG TAYLOR
RITES OF SPRING
NATION OF ULYSEES
The album was recorded, mixed & mastered entirely in analogue & pressed on black-dyed virgin heavy vinyl only. The only use CDs are put to in the Black Time house is checking the cut of their jib in the shiny surface on the back before painting the town several shades of red. The gang members would no more listen to that crappy format than poke their own eyes out with a sharp knife.
Black Time only currently play live at one of the regular blues parties that take place in their basement hideout. The select few who have been initiated into this cult of sound have reported loss of speech, hair falling out, physical incapacity & loss of bowel control after a performance. The Black Time plan to tour the deep south of America in 2005 with a revue featuring motorcycle leather boys, wall-projected homemade slasher films, whip-cracking tiger girls & media professionals eating their own shit LIVE ON STAGE.
The Black Times favourite living band is THE REAL LOSERS from Leeds. Each time the Losers play live the intrepid black time trio are lost in convulsive clothes-tearing skin-clawing ecstasy. They have been lobbying the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame to induct the Losers on a daily basis for the last 6 months, but so far the late-night telephone calls & threatening kidnap notes have been ignored.
This is the heavy vampire sound. Fuck & Rage. We are the undead stumbling into twilight feeding off broken youthful dreams unable to stop our endless march. Blind & deaf neutered howling. I was hanging round local shops spitting sugary drinks choking on vitamins thinking about Kickboy Face. Where is Black Randy now? Freezing cold in a London flat dreaming of dying in the sweet Californian sun. Were all satellites spinning around the holy roman empire. The inescapable magnet pull of American rock n roll records: modern girls & modern rock n roll. The cheap tobacco, tea, beer, movies & radio palliative that George warned us about, standing between us & revolution.
Billy Nameless (RIP) – tMx 14 – 04/04