Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Alabama Mysteries pt. I: Bert - Ambient Doug

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Here's a mysterious band called Bert. This record was given to me recently (and by recently, I mean a year ago and that I'm just now getting around to posting it) so I have no personal history with this band. But, from what I gather off the sleeve, they were from Montgomery, Alabama so they definitely qualify for this blog. The best story I can give you is on the back of their record sleeve:
The music on this piece of plastic was originally recorded back in 1992 for a twelve song cassette called SLOP... but we can't seem to remember who the hell recorded it or where any of it took place. The vocals back then were spewed from the mouth of Larry Terrell (who also co-wrote the lyrics), but the ones you'll hear on this record were re-recorded by Moamar at Derek Paletto's Glass Onion Studios, in Montgomery, Al on May 16, 1996. The muse was remixed a few days later.
Okay, that doesn't really tell you much at all. All you really need to know is that this record has some awesome noisy, jangled post-punk/grunge/hardcore rock that's not so much fast or heavy as it is noisy and abrasive – and still yet, kinda melodic?

[update]: Mystery Solved! from the comments:
bert was a band from Montgomery, Al that were around for five or so years. You can still buy some of their later works online from Chicken Ranch Records at http://www.chickenranchrecords.com. All of the previous members went on to form various other bands and just recently two of them started a band together called "No". Here is a link to their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/musicofno

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's some insight on the record that your friend passed on to you. The name of this band is "bert", not "Dous". The name of this record is "Ambient Doug". bert was a band from Montgomery, Al that were around for five or so years. You can still buy some of their later works online from Chicken Ranch Records at http://www.chickenranchrecords.com. All of the previous members went on to form various other bands and just recently two of them started a band together called "No". Here is a link to their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/musicofno

Seth Graves said...

hey, thanks a bunch. I actually got the name of the band right in the title and the listing, just not in the description. more of a typo at that point.

But yeah, misread that font as "Ambient Doug", I guess. which is a much more bad ass title.

But, yeah. again. thanks. Kind of have to rely on the expertise of commenters to fill in the blanks on some of these mysteries.

br0q said...

thanks for uploading this! remember seeing these guys occasionally in birmingham when i was a teenager. used to have this record and maybe a cd. would love to get my hands on some more.

Michael said...

this band was a life changer for me and started a still present obsession with noise rock

nonnag said...

if this is the tape with "porno jesus" on it i will kill for a copy! when they played at the cajun cove in mississippi i performed a"act" to get 5 bucks to buy this tape and had it until 4 years ago when it when mia. the 90's mississippi/alabama [ for the lack of a better term] post skate punk scene was pretty rockin.

Michael Dickinson said...

porno jesus is on the quiet positive pump cd, find it at Chicken Ranch Records