The Screamers - Live In San Francisco 1978 video !
The Screamers - Live In San Francisco 1978
Target Video. MVD 2004 DVD
Drums - K. K. Barrett
Electric Piano - Paul Roessler
Synthesizer, Backing Vocals - Tommy Gear
Vocals - Tomata Du Plenty
Engineer [Audio] - Geza X
Recorded By, Edited By - Joe Rees
The Screamers fut l'un des pionniers du synthpunk, et faisait partie de la première vague punk californiene à L.A. Pour saturer le son de leurs synthés (Arp Odyssey, Fender Rhodes), ils utilisaient les pédales de saturation de guitare et poussaient les amplis au maximum. Leur statut est d'autant plus culte qu'il n'ont jamais sorti de disque durant leur courte existence (1977-80) ! Malgré tout, les lives et les démos de l'époque circulent...
A noter que le batteur est devenu designer en production, il a même bossé sur le film "Lost in Translation".
* Tomata du Plenty : chant
* Melba Toast aka Tommy Gear : synthés et choeurs
* K.K. Barrett : batterie
* David Brown (1976-77) : synthés
* Jeff Mc Greggor (1977-78) : synthés
* Paul Roessler (1978-80) : synthés
Tomata du Plenty, un artiste complet décède en août 2000 d'un cancer à San Francisco.
Notes: Live in concert at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco 9.2.78 + bonus material.
Essential release for fans of The Screamers, one of the best first synthpunk bands on the West coast.
1. 122 Hours Of Fear
3. Last 4 Digits
4. Magazine Love
5. The Beat Goes On (Written by Sonny Bono)
6. Punish Or Be Damned
7. In A Better World
Bonus - Live In Target Studios
1. 122 Hours Of Fear
2. Magazine Love
5. Punish Or Be Damned
Exclu d'un groupe culte, un rare témoignage qui va vous scotcher, Anjoille!
Here, in seven live songs and five Target Studio performances you see the intersection of underground art and hardcore punk, and the results are mind-blowing. We’ll never know what they were capable of in a recording studio but this Screamers DVD is a substantive and exhilarating documentation of what they did and how well they did it.
Half of their appeal was their visual presentation, not theatrical per say but fun to watch and intrinsically bizarre. They were fronted by the charismatic and intensively focused Tomata Du Plenty (born David Harrigan so his stage name should have been Tomato O'Plenty), a young looking thirty back in 1978. He was an early member of The Cockettes and other aggressive theatrical troupes, and that gonzo energy is on display as he sings, dances, gesticulates and stares through the audience into the dark abyss. Main songwriter and co-synth player Tommy Gear looked mean and disinterested at the same time – the perfect look for a synth punk band. On drums was Hollywood Production Designer K.K. Barrett, and he deserves a solid half of the musical credit as he alternated drumming in both the post-punk style generally associated with Wire and the hardcore pounding of his Los Angeles contemporaries. The second synth changed hands and on this date it’s being steered by Paul Roessler as he dances in place.
On the surface there’s a debt to Suicide as the confrontational founders of the synth punk genre, but instead of Alan Vega’s physical aggressiveness you have Du Plenty’s insane focus on his character (if it is one). He also made Steve Albini look husky so that might have kept him honest. Just on the level of feel another debt might go to Danny Elfman’s Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. The Screamers songs are art hardcore, changing shape but always staying loud, melodic, thrashing and interesting to follow to see where it leads.
The Screamers might be considered unrecorded but it’s great that The Screamers – live in San Francisco Sept 2nd 1978 exists. It’s the next best thing and it’s proof of how great they were both live and as songwriters and performers. This is beyond great to legendary. (Oldpunks.com)