Legendary Aussie band The Screaming Tribesmen are set to re-release two of their defining 12” releases in their entirety for the first time ever on CD, together with nearly an album’s worth of bonus tracks.
Storming out of Brisbane in the early ‘80s, their original 3-piece line-up recorded two classic singles for Citadel before picking up former Radio Birdman/Hitmen/New Christs guitarist Chris Masuak to record their ‘Date With A Vampyre’ EP from ‘85 and its follow up, ‘Top of The Town’ from ‘86 and as well as a number of tracks that have never been on cd before.
As an added bonus, new label Fuse has included 9 live and rehearsal tracks, featuring one unreleased original (“It May Be Love”) and a whole bunch of covers that the band made their own (and which their fans LOVED) back in the day, including Roky Erickson’s ‘Two Headed Dog’, Television’s ‘See No Evil’, the Dictators ‘Baby Let’s Twist’, the Vertebrats’ ‘Left In The Dark’, Lou Reed’s ‘I Can’t Stand It’ and the Easybeats’ ‘Good Time’.
The rehearsal tracks are derived from a short lived line-up from 1984 which included Hitmen/New Christs drummer Mark Kingsmill just before he joind the Hoodoo Gurus, and Hitmen/New Christs bassplayer Tony Robertson.
They will also re-release the only album released by their classic line-up featuring former Radio Birdman/Hitmen/New Christs guitarist Chris Masuak, together with bonus tracks, including never before heard demo and live tracks.
Released at the height of their popularity in 1987, ‘Bones & Flowers’ took the band to the States where they came close to a hit single with ‘I Got A Feeling’.
This CD will feature all 10 original album tracks, plus the killer B-sides ‘Color Me Gone’ and ‘Don’t Turn Away’ along with 3 1986 demos of tracks that never ended up appearing on any Tribesmen release (‘This Bar’, ‘What You Said’ and ‘Cold December’, and a scorching live track from ‘88, again of a track that’s never appeared on a Tribesmen record, ‘Teutonic’. Naturally they’ll top it off with a series of shows which feature the first time this line up has played together since the end of the 1980s.
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
SEPT 17 – THE GATHERING FESTIVAL, OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE
SEPT 23 – THE GERSHWIN ROOM, ESPLANADE HOTEL, ST KILDA, MELBOURNE
SEPT 24 – SANDRINGHAM HOTEL, NEWTOWN, SYDNEY