Sea Scouts (band)

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Sea Scouts
Origin Tasmania, Australia
Genres Noise rock
Years active 1994–2000
Labels Chapter Music
Unstable Ape Records
Zum
Associated acts Mouth
U.F.O (Unlimited Friendly Objective)
Bird Blobs
Love of Diagrams
Ruins
Go Genre Everything
Past members See members list

Sea Scouts were a noise rock band, based in Hobart, Tasmania.

Biography[edit]

First incarnation[edit]

Following the split of his former band Mouth[1] in 1994, Tasmanian musician Tim Evans began jamming with U.F.O. (Unlimited Friendly Objective) frontman Zach von Bamburger.[2] Fusing the elements of thick, rough analogue guitar noise and hidden melodies, also aided by a drum machine, the duo recorded the $100,000 Dollar Mamal (sic) EP.[3][4] Vocal and instrumental duties were shared by the duo on the polycarbonate-only pressing, as they were in live shows. Live shows were often chaotic affairs marked by loud feedback, repetitive rhythms and heavily distorted bass riffs.

Shortly after the release of the EP, Monika Fikerle became the band's drummer. Idiosyncratic, but contumelious with the band's minimal yet full sound, Fikerle played her kit with a complete absence of snare drum. Following a short tour of the mainland, Fikerle left the band and the band folded six months later.[5]

Second incarnation[edit]

A year after parting company with von Bamburger, Evans restarted the band with bassist Alex Pope, reinterpreting old and composing new material with a drum machine. After several months of gigging, ex-U.F.O bassist Andy Hazel joined on drums, introducing snare and hi-hat to the previously more stripped-back sound. Later in 1996, Sara May Libero replaced Hazel on drums, continuing the band's use of (Moe Tucker style) stand-up drummers.[6] This lineup recorded the band's first full length album Pattern Recognition, on four track cassette recorder and released via Chapter Music in 1997, on vinyl only.[citation needed]

In 1997, the band toured Melbourne and Sydney, supporting Pavement and, in 1998, Archers Of Loaf before Libero was replaced by Fikerle, who re-joined the group to jam a newer set of songs.[7]

Later that year the band recorded their second album, Beacon of Hope, released on the Unstable Ape label[8] In the same sessions, the band re-recorded an intentionally cleaner, "less scabby" version of the Pattern Recognition album for CD release.[9]

In 1999 a re-recording of two songs from the band's first incarnation were recorded, and the Word as a Weapon"/"Destroy Your Local McDonalds 7" was released on the Californian label Zum.[10][11] Further recordings were also made of a combination of old and new songs, which to this date have never been released.[citation needed]

Touring and breakup[edit]

In 1999 Sea Scouts embarked on a tour of North America and Europe, joining Ninetynine for shows in Eastern Europe [12].

Returning home later in 1999, it was decided that the band would play its final shows in Hobart, before a "grand-final" show at Melbourne's Corner Hotel on 18 February 2000.[13]

Legacy[edit]

  • Evans, who made a number of cameos with Ninetynine, recorded with that band whilst on the 1999 tour. Shortly after Sea Scouts disbanded, he formed Bird Blobs in Melbourne. The Bird Blobs were active between 1999 and 2005, releasing an EP and two albums on Unstable Ape Records. After the Bird Blobs disbanded, Evans moved to New York City where he formed the bands Degreaser and Bogan Dust. Upon returning to Australia he formed Coconuts and filled in on vocals for Venom P. Stinger for a time. In 2016 he released the album Wretched Wings under his own name on the New York label Ever/Never.[14][15]
  • Zach von Bamburger founded Mongoose, Monster Monster Monster and Ditchboss, and now plays in Go Genre Everything.[citation needed]
  • Monica Fikerle now plays drums with Love of Diagrams and bass with Baseball, both bands being based in Melbourne.[citation needed]
  • Alex Pope plays in Hobart black metal bandRuins.[16]

Members[edit]

  • Tim Evans — vocals, guitar (1994–2000)
  • Monika Fikerle — drums (1995, 1997–2000)
  • Andy Hazel — drums (1996)
  • Sara May Libero — drums (1996–97)
  • Alex Pope — bass, vocals (1996–2000)
  • Zach von Bamburger — vocals, bass (1995–96)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Pattern Recognition - Chapter Music (CH15) (1 August 1997)
  • Beacon of Hope - Unstable Ape (PATSY003) (December 1998)

EPs[edit]

  • $100,000 Dollar Mamal - Independent (1996)

Singles[edit]

  • "Word as a Weapon" - Zum (ZUM005) (20 August 1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Tim Evans" (PDF). Clones and Clones. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Schaefer, René. "Go Genre Everything". Mess+Noise. Mess+Noise Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Schaefer, René (23 February 2009). "Sea Scouts". Mess+Noise. Mess+Noise Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sea Scouts interview". Off Kilter. 8 March 1997. Archived from the original on 13 April 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Schaefer, René (23 February 2009). "Sea Scouts". Mess+Noise. Mess+Noise Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Attlee, Matt. "Tim Evans interview". Aus Music Scrapbook. Archived from the original on 23 June 2002. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Schaefer, René (23 February 2009). "Sea Scouts". Mess+Noise. Mess+Noise Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Abbott, Alan (1999). "Sea Scouts - Beacon of Hope". Pillowfight. Archived from the original on 25 June 2002. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chapter Music catalogue". Chapter Music. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Jacks, Kelso (13 September 1999). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. College Media Inc. p. 34. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Sea Scouts". Zum Records. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Weeks, J (1999). "The Sea Scouts (interview)". Quick Draw Comics. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Schaefer, René (23 February 2009). "Sea Scouts". Mess+Noise. Mess+Noise Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Fussell, Luke. "Tim Evans - Wretched Wings". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  15. ^ Noisey staff. "Listen to a Delicate But Dark Track from Tim Evans' Solo Album". Noisey. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  16. ^ "Beck's Rumpus Room - Heavy Metal in Baghdad". 2009 Program. Melbourne International Arts Festival. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 

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