+ Extras (Ban On Impunity / Caught In The Act / Cloned To Obey / The Beyond Within #2 / Invincible (?) / Eye To Eye)
NOTE: Links to the tracks have been removed because ‘Gizz’ Butt (despite his initial permission) decided he doesn’t want to see them made public: he makes a living from his music (sic) and apparently wants to ‘revive’ this himself, after 30+ years of silence… Also other of his band-projects (e.g. ‘Monkey Jungle’) will remain in oblivion.
A tape from ‘Stel’ Steven R.’s collection; an advance tape to the LP that was released on Loony Tunes recs (1990). ‘Sundance’ (from Peterborough) was a band with ‘Gizzy’ (Graham Anthony) Butt (formerly ‘English Dogs’ & ‘WarDance’) doing guitar/vocals. The others were David Reid (bass/vocals) & Spike(y) T. Smith (drums; also ‘Sacrilege’ & ‘English Dogs’).
So this band sprang from the splitting of my old band ‘WarDance’ which I formed with Andy ‘Frantic’ [‘WarDance’ bassist]. It was a bit sad really but in a nutshell, I really enjoyed being in a band with Spike T. Smith as the drummer, and didn’t enjoy so much Andy as the bassist. We were mates but he was a bit of a cock! Spike and Andy lived together but their relationship was becoming more and more fraught. It peaked one day, they had a ridiculous argument and Spike let Andy have it, letting him know what he thought of him and he didn’t want to play with him anymore. I had a decision to make and this time I chose to go off piste and form a new band with Spike and semi stealing the old band-name; ‘Sundance’ was formed with me, Spike and a local musician Dave Reid. Dave was into Bowie, ‘The Pixies’ and avant-guarde . I was the lead singer and taking a departure from my usual punk vocals which I’d been used to, I took a more melodic vocal.
The overall sound came out not a million miles dissimilar to ‘Rush’ although I was probably trying to be something else. Many of the songs [‘Gizzy’ talks about the album] were imported from my punk-metal band ‘The Desecrators’: The Beyond Within (about LSD), Sentenced To Life (about suicide), Ban On Impurity (which travelled with me through every band I was in), Caught In The Act (about prejudice), Cloned To Obey (about the refusal to voice up) and Rose Garden Funeral (a semi gothic horror song). With this new musical treatment, they were given a hint of ‘Bad Brains’, ‘Living Colour’ and early ‘Faith No More’. The new songs like Too Far Away, Soul Inside and Put Something Back came along when I was searching for some meaning in everything, and along the way stumbled into self-healing, dream-reading, numerology, astral projection , magic and I guess a mild interest in the paranormal. It was my spiritual discovery. I was visiting stone-circles and burial-chambers and the like. Victoria Falls was a melodic punk song from ‘WarDance’ and to top it all off there was the song Invincible which was about John Lennon and had my typical ‘Metallica’ influenced chugging and riffing. Above all, I was trying to make a stand as a guitarist and I felt I needed a vehicle like ‘Sundance’ to do it.
The album was recorded in Boston at the studio GEMS where ‘Saxon’ had recorded and overall the production was very good.