Simply Saucer • The Bizarros
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Simply Saucer is a Canadian rock band formed during the 1970s. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the band consisted of guitarist and vocalist Edgar Breau,bass guitarist Kevin Christoff, syth player, Ping Romany and drummer Neil DeMarchant. The band's style has been described as a hybrid of proto-punk and psychedelia and they form a "Rust-belt punk" style, along with The Stooges, MC5, and Rocket From The Tombs. The group's references also included German Krautrock pioneers, Can, the early Pink Floyd and avante Classical music composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen.
According to Matt Carlson at Allmusic, "Though Simply Saucer had the guts to bring together tremendous influences from rock's past, including the Velvet Underground, early Pink Floyd, and the Stooges, the band was hardly noticed outside of its local area.
In 1974 Simply Saucer recorded their posthumously acclaimed cult classic, Cyborgs Revisited. A double LP deluxe edition was released by L.A. California uber garage label, In The Red to renewed critical acclaim.
Jesse Locke, the band's biographer, writes in the liner notes:
Simply Saucer’s Cyborgs Revisited is an explosive time capsule from one of the great Canadian cult rock ‘n’ roll groups. Formed on the hardscrabble streets of Hamilton, Ontario, these sci-fried proto-punks created a sound fusing Hawkwind, The Kinks, Pink Fairies, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, and the omnipresent Velvet Underground. Originally recorded from 1974-1975, the album became a critically revered classic when it was finally unearthed in 1989 by Hamilton Ontario Indie label, Mole Sound Recordings, helmed by music journalist, Bruce Mowat. Now, In The Red is proud to release the definitive, remastered 2LP edition featuring new liner notes by band biographer Jesse Locke, unseen images, and the complete live recordings that provided the album’s B-side available as a second LP for the first time ever.
As a means to escape his oppressive experiences while living in the band’s jam space surrounded by biker gangs, singer and fretboard-shredding guitarist Edgar Breau wrote a set of songs filled with dystopian visions of the future. These conjured metalloid thugs blocking humans from walking the streets, Eva Braun’s cyanide love affair in the midst of Nazi home invasions, and dancing the mutation (whatever that means). With the singular contributions of nimble-fingered bassist Kevin Christoff, clatterwauling drummer Neil DeMerchant, and electronic cosmonaut John “Ping Romany” LaPlante (Breau’s foster brother and answer to Pere Ubu’s Allen Ravenstine), his lyrics were launched into a sonic supernova.'
Simply Saucer continue to tour internationally and record with a most hopeful eye to the future.
The Bizarros are a post-punk band from Akron, Ohio. The nucleus of the band was formed early, when Don and Jerry Parkins met Terry Walker while Terry and Don were in the second grade. Nick Nicholis joined the group of friends a few years later during junior high school. Eventually they formed a band that became the Bizarros in their 20s. After trying out a couple of one shot drummers, Rick Garberson joined as the last member of the original lineup.
Nicholis embraced the DIY concept of marketing music decades before it was trendy. He started his own label, Clone Records, to release the band's music not long after the band was formed. The label become an early home for several other Akron acts. The label's first LP release was 1977's From Akron, a split album with The Rubber City Rebels which Nicholis sent to Village Voice Critic Robert Christgau. Christgua, who reviewed the album favorably, shortly afterwards visited to the region and was instrumental, although not alone, in the Akron/Kent music scene becoming noticed on an international level.
The band were signed to the Mercury subsidiary Blank Records. New Musical Express wrote at this point that the band was starting to tone down its "hard and vicious" style, and was developing a "brooding edge that compares well with the Stranglers". In 1979, the band released its self- titled debut album on Mercury. A restructuring of the Mercury label, which included Blank being dissolved, left the band without a label. The self titled album was well received though, and was given an even stronger review by Christgau than their first album. The band released additional singles on Clone Records. But the Mercury disappointment, along with the untimely death of drummer Garberson, resulted in Nicholis deciding to step away from the music world and concentrate on a more stable career. As by this time Nicholis was married with children, An Early Bizarros Publicity Image in front of the Akron/Goodyear Airdock
The Parkins Brothers and Walker continued on for a short time, adding a few friends to their lineup, but in under a year the band ended its original run. Walker, Nicholis and the Parkins Brothers all remained friends, frequently socializing with each other. But as the Bizarros they only briefly reunited in 1996, followed by another, public reunion in 2002. And in 2003, the band revived the name Clone Records to release the Bizarros' first new studio album in 23 years, Can’t Fight Your Way Up Town From Here. They added drummer Martyn Flunoy, who had been playing with Jerry Parkins. Flunoy is still with the band and is Bizarros longest tenured drummer, spending longer with the band than all the other drummers combined.
They stayed out of the studio, although played lived shows frequently, until 2018. In a homage to their first album they released From Akron II along with the another Akron band, The Bad Dudes. The band again revived the name Clone Records for the release . A member of the Bad Dudes, Kal Mullens, was also one of the friends who stepped in during Nicholis' departure.
Terry Walker, the Bizarros' second guitarist, keyboard player, and co-songwriter, died of cancer on June 26, 2018. The band has continued to perform as a quartet, although Walker continues to be featured in their marketing.
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