Okay so here we are in 2012 and I already have some concrete plans for January. This week will see Noise Punk 004 off to the pressing plant, it will be the long worked on Damaging Noise- The Very Best of the Bery Best of Damaging Noise 7” ep. This lot are a pretty obscure band from Japan who as far as I’m aware only made 3 tapes. (if anyone has copies of their 1st and 3rd demo then please let me know, I want to hear them) The story of how this ep came about is when I was at Asuza’s house in Tokyo and nosing through his cassettes, I picked this tape out and asked him about the band. He simply said “for you”, thanks mate. Connor Dobson helped me track a member of the band down via youtube. My friend Beryl did the mastering, she's been responsible for mastering a lot of the recent Discharge/Anti System/Antisect re-issues. It took some time to come up with a satisfactory master of the cassette that the band was happy with, however we are now at the stage where it’s ready to be pressed. In the meantime some kind soul spread the cassette over the internet via a blog download and youtube, though it’s worth pointing out that their mastering is significantly different to the one that will be used for the ep. Please don’t expect anything other than low-fi noise punk, something akin to the Gai demos in my opinion.
It’s now 5 years of the Wankys! We are also off to the studio in a couple of weeks to record our next album. It’s been 2 years since we have been in a studio and I was less than satisfied with our very poor effort last time we were in one (split ep with Lotus Fucker and an aborted ep for Rescued from Life). So here’s hoping we get a good sound on a very limited budget. If the recording turns out good the Compact Disc will be issued in Japan on Hardcore Kitchen, we have yet to decide who will issue the vinyl version. I’m enjoying the challenge of playing the new songs and if the recording is right the new album will be something special. Watch this space.
Gigs. It’s getting increasingly difficult to arrange stuff due to Monkeyspanker being busy with other stuff, so sorry to all the people that offer us gigs/tours. However we do have one gig lined up in Sheffield on 16th March with Giftgasattack, Doom, Endless Grinning Skulls and Cry Havoc. I will also be arranging the Giftgasattack England tour for a round the same time, more details to follow.
Thanks to all that supported us in 2011 and we wish you the best for 2012.