Zub Records Releases
Chum Jacket: The Myth and The Madness
This was one of the most enjoyable productions I've ever done at my Cafe Pleasurematic! studio. The analog 16-track was more than adequate to catch the raging punk -pop of the Jacket. 247 Sparky (Bass) and Ignatius Riley (Guitar) are two singer songwriters with differing styles all brought together under the Chum Jacket flag. Lamar Astroglide, much like is name, is a smooth beast on the drums throughout. Rodney Raines (247) and Tim Hammond (Ignatius) quickly formed the band in Greenville SC in 1997with the help of Josh Gambrell (Lamar) on the drums. The band was short lived but burned furiously with this cassette as their first and last blowout release. This is the punkiest release on Zub Records and one of my favorites. Check out "Patsy In The Making" - a shoutout to Joanna Lumley - or "Room 510" - a typical story of making a porno. "Pakistani New Year" is forever linked with the kind folks at the Drop In Store in Greenville, SC (where everyone in the band scene in Greenville bought their beers and cigs). Original cassettes from back in the day are available , well cared for and shrink wrapped and stored properly.
Orchid People - Gary Seven: The Best Stuff
This release shows another fine Greenville SC band in transition but still at the height of it's powers. Mike Lusk (Guitar), Steve McGowan (Bass) and Bob King (Drums) had been soldiering on as The Orchid People since 1989, playing many gigs and games of pool/drinking beer while supposedly 'rehearsing.' The Orchids released a fine six-song cassette (Zub 102) in 1989. By 1993, the band had added Tim Hammond on lead guitar, and Steve was replaced by Glenn Ware on bass. No hard feelings, The Orchid People became Gary Seven. This 1994 cassette spotlights the end version of The Orchid people, as tight and amazing a three piece (with some help from Tim) as you can get, and the beginning of Gary Seven. Alnmost all songs are Mike Lusk's, his beautiul Westerbergian pop shining through. It's clever, intelligent pop, and it's very, very good. Check out Bob King's jazzy drumming on "Hardly Breaking," Mike's lovely 12-string and vocal on "In Between Lines," or the almost perfect pop of "Gravel Town." I am very proud of this production and would put this band in either form up against any. Enjoy the orginal cassette, well preserved, stored properly, and shrinkwrapped from back in the day. Steve McGowan