Geoff Leigh – The Chemical Bank

The Chemical Bank

Geoff Leigh’s professional career began in 1968, playing jazz, rock and soul music with various groups touring in the UK and Europe. Having been at school with drummer Chris Cutler, Leigh guested several times at Henry Cow gigs, until he accepted the band’s offer to join them in the spring of 1972. During his stay with them, he recorded a couple of BBC sessions and Henry Cow’s debut album for Virgin, Leg End. But musical differences eventually appeared, coupled with the band’s intensive touring schedule, and led to Leigh’s departure in December 1973. In 1978 Leigh settled in Brussels, Leigh started work on his solo project “The Modern World of Geoff Leigh”. There he met local bands Aqsak Maboul and Univers Zéro, and was invited to perform with them. Meanwhile, McClure became a fixture of the no-wave scene in Rotterdam, and van Saus went to England to work for Recommended Records. In December 1978, Red Balune’s 2nd release “Maximum Penalty” was recorded with help from Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Tim Hodgkinson and Marc Hollander. In 1979, Leigh’s solo EP was released and he began extensive solo work in Belgium and France. During that period he also filled the saxophone chair with French singer Pierre Vassiliu. But by 1980, he got bored with his solo gigs and, with Loek van Saus back from England, embarked on a new band venture, the short-lived Kontakt Mikrofoon Orkest (again with McClure on bass), which mutated in 1981 into The Black Sheep. Excellent avant-garde / post-punk / minimalism. The Chemical Bank was released on vinyl by MCCB (MCCB 003) in 1979.

Tracks:

  1. Shah Of Iran
  2. The Chemical Bank
  3. Black Metal Twist
  4. Psychotropic GangLions
  5. Starshooters

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Neon – A Day In The Land Of Lost Horizons

A Day In The Land Of Lost Horizons

Neon was a band from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. They were founded in 1979 / 1980 and existed until 1985. Their only release’s where a cassette and a 12″ with five tracks in 1981 on Subdivision, a daughter label of Torso. They played various times as support act for Echo & the Bunnymen. Their postpunk / cold wave style has been compared to Joy Division. Guitarist / singer Adri Schrover works since 1990 as a cameraman for film and TV documentaries. Former drummer San Graatsma runs Mosaique Vivant, an organisation which promotes African artists. A Day In The Land Of Lost Horizons was released on vinyl by Sublabel (Sublabel 125), Torso (VR 21972) in 1981.

Tracks:

  1. A Day In The Land Of Lost Horizons
  2. Standing On The Other Side
  3. Liquid Gold
  4. Icemen
  5. Duet

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