Siren (USA) Becoming Wheels; tape (1995)



Brian ‘Zero’ Hodgman, Maximum Rock’n’Roll columnist, and I were getting along quite well: he’d written an article on Corporate Punk for M.R.R. (That and others were compiled in a booklet entitled Major Labels – Some Of Your Friends Are Already This Fucked. I helped distribute that and it influenced me substantially.) If I remember correctly we met at the Vort’n Vis (he wrote a column about it). He got ‘stuck’ in Europe, it seems, as he’s now a teacher in Prague…

On this tape Brian was accompanied by Kevin McCracken (drums) – both had been in the band ‘Engage’ (also from Santa Rosa, California) before – and Adam Glidewell (guitar) & Joe Carr (bass). The same people played on the 1994 7″ (In The Absence Of The Sacred). The tracks on the tape also appeared on the LP that Miroslav ‘Mira’ Pátý released on his label Day After recs (’97), that was with bassist Felix Thursday and drummer Nate Lamar.

My review in Tilt! #9: >>Politically aware HC/punk from the MRR-scene. Totally uplifting and energetic melodic, with inspired vocals. Get a kick out of these 4 great singalong tunes after a hard day’s work! All this however doesn’t mean it’s mindless crap; on the contrary. When Brian & Adam were over here, I quickly noticed they didn’t have sawdust in their heads. The words to their songs tell about the liberalist mechanisms installed in our capitalist free-market societies, where everything and everyone is for sale. Jeeez, this is great stuff!<<

Kevin also provided some extra original recordings from that session (I’d Like To Know / What Progress) including a song that was never released anywhere else (What We Need).

If anyone wants to read more about the band: ‘‘Siren’ interview in Sanjam #4 & sirentheband.wordpress (website by Brian’s sister Miriam Wilding Hodgman – R.I.P.)…

‘Siren’ @ Epicenter Zone (San Francisco) 1994

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