When I first heard the 1970s recordings from Here Come the Cyborgs back in 1989 or 90, Simply Saucer instantly struck me as a band that had all the most amazing elements of late 60s/early 70's psych/protopunk. Byron Coley's old Underground column in SPIN touted them as the unknown Canadian equivalent to the Velvets/Pink Fairies and with good reason. They took their name from Pink Floyd and while they employed that band's penchant for extended cosmic jams (complete with SS frontman Edgar Breau clearly taking some song structure cues from Syd Barrett) there was a heaviness akin to Hawkwind, a primitivity on par with White Light White Heat, runaway repetition of Can, Silver Apples, Suicide, and Amon Duul. Add to that complete gonzo electronic oscillations and some destructo/rampaging guitar courtesy of Breau (not to mention Syd probably wouldn't have penned song titles like "Nazi Apocalypse") and this was a band to contend with. So why haven't they made their way into mass consciousness like the aforementioned combos? There was a small run CD reissue in the early 90s, then Sonic Unyon label dove into a full campaign a few years ago after the label owner heard SS namechecked by Sonic Youth onstage at an Ontario show. Personally, they've long been one of my fave 'classic rock' bands; we carried their CD in the mid 90's in WFMU's mailorder catalogue and lots of folks wrote, equally excited to discover them. Upon their revamping and return to the local Hamilton, Ontario live scene, we decided to ask them to play one of our Free Music Series shows, and lo and behold they agreed. So now New Yorkers have their chance to see Breau and a revamped (but still powerful) lineup make their live American debut at last: Saturday, October 13th at Southpaw, 125 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, 8pm doors, 18 and over. Did we mention it was free?
Add to that, some musical heavyweights on the bill not to be missed: Oneida, Alan Vega, and Old Time Relijun. Gonna be a cooker, and here's an MP3 of "Dance the Mutation" to warm things up in the meantime (thanks to Sean at Sonic Unyon and Edgar).
My previous BOTB post on the on the return on Simply Saucer
Jay Hinman's Simply Saucer article for Perfect Sound Forever
Julian Cope's article on Head Heritage
WFMU Simply Saucer airplay links
"Bullet Proof Nothing" on You Tube