The 3D's: Early Recordings 1989-90 (Flying Nun)

 |   |  1 min read

The 3D's: Evil Kid
The 3D's: Early Recordings 1989-90 (Flying Nun)

Inspired by everything from the Pixies and Neil Young's El Dorado EP, sonic noise and folk music, the 3D's were a Flying Nun band which inspired passionate loyalty for the visceral power of their sound and often weaving, beguling melodies (from singer Denise Roughan as well as the guitars).

The re-release last year of their early albums (Hellzapoppin', The Venus Trail and Strange News from the Angels) brought their name back to the fore and for a generation which had probably more often heard the name but only rarely the music their sound was something of a revelation.

This 21 track collection of demos and their first two EPs remastered (Fish Tails and Swarthy Songs for Swabs) was compiled by Bruce Russell of Xpressway (for whom many of the demos were recorded) and comes with an excellent booklet (essay by Russell) and is wrapped in the distinctive artwork of guitarist/singer David Mitchell (and Jane Davidson).

Logtime 3D followers will have an inkling of the contents: powerful and minimal bass lines (Roughan) with freewheeling duel guitar splatter (Mitchell and David Saunders) held down by supportive drumming (Dominic Stones).

Some might argue that some of the demos were exactly that and might have been best left in the vault, but for 3D completists there is a wealth of material here to pour over, not the least being the ragged angularity of the Hairs demo, the slewing energy of Mud Sacrifice and the $2 Shop production sound of the demo of Fish Tails, all three of which make an excellent back-to-back intro to the final third here.

If you get that far you can surely consider yourself a longtime fan -- or perhaps just one of those for whom this constantly surprising band (albeit one with not a classically great male vocalist in earshot) is a real revelation.

Ah, but those skewed guitars were always where it was at.

An enormously influential band again getting its (long over)due.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Sigur Ros: Inni (XL CD/DVD)

Sigur Ros: Inni (XL CD/DVD)

Among the many delightful things about Sigur Ros -- the ethereal Icelandic quartet which sings in some made up language -- is you don't need to bother yourself with song titles. Their music is a... > Read more

Two Cartoons: Jelly Tip Lips (twocartoons.com)

Two Cartoons: Jelly Tip Lips (twocartoons.com)

Given that this five-song EP by the Dunedin duo of Isaac McFarlane and Bradley Craig is just 17 minutes long it certainly packs in a lot of musical information. You can tick off indie pop... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

The Comet is Coming: Trust in the Lifeforce of The Deep Mystery (Impulse)

The Comet is Coming: Trust in the Lifeforce of The Deep Mystery (Impulse)

The name to note in this UK trio is saxophonist and jazz-shaman Shabaka Hutchings, the pivotal figure in the emerging new wave of British jazz who is in Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors.... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Elvis Presley; Jailhouse Rock, Spinout (DVD)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Elvis Presley; Jailhouse Rock, Spinout (DVD)

Anyone wanting to see in stark contrast the sullen and moody Elvis of the rock'n'roll era of the Fifties and by comparison a kitsch by-the-number Elvis knock-off film from the Sixties should grab... > Read more