Here we teamed up again with Jonathan Kreinik at Trans Am's studio (National Recording Studio) to bang out a song for our split with Japan's Atomic Fireball. It was for a tour 7" that we were releasing before our Japan tour in 1999. We decided to cover eachothers songs which to me was an honor. I found an Atomic Fireball double 7" on Super8 Records (Boston) at Go! Records when it was in Arlington, VA upstairs from a cleaners. I purchased it on a whim because they had a cool name and they were japanese and to this day it is one of my favorite spazzcore releases ever. I later did an interview in Punk Planet for Lovitt Records (which I co-ran at the time) and they asked what band do I wish I worked with and I mentioned Atomic Fireball. A few months later I got an email from Itaru regarding that interview and we decided to do a tour and a split 7" together.
NRS Studios wasn't quite operational yet at this time as they were still building and getting their gear so Jonathan brought in his trusty 8-track reel to reel which tracked countless Frodus singles and set it up in the control room. The tracks were recorded through a modified Yamaha console owned previously by James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and at the time owned by Mike Maron (RIP). We used a lot of room mics and I remember Jason tracked with a broken foot. The studio was also incredibly cold and we all had heavy coats and parkas on as we made our most noisy Frodus track yet. We banged out this song and a demo of "Red Bull Of Juarez" without vocals which maybe still lies on a reel somewhere. The screaming was tracked live onto one track coming out of Ian Eagleson's (Golden) mini-marshall and Nathan played out of a blown SVT bass cabinet. Nathan also did some spoken subliminal quiet talking inspired from Radiohead in the break.
Atomic Fireball also delivered a great metallic sounding cover of Frodus "Swingset" from the "f-letter" album. This is personally my favorite 7" we ever did.
I really like the onesheet that Lovitt had for this record which I will share below:
Lovitt 017: Frodus/Atomic Fireball split 7" Onesheet:
Day by day our lives begin to move faster, and time itself quickly becomes our worst enemy. Even as mankind creates mechanized assistants and computers to free time and assist our everyday lives, we become even more enslaved by commodity. Life becomes a blur and the world around us continues to move faster, influencing everything from our work to our play. It is not a strange consequence that the modern day human's nature of the late 20th century shows a trend of short-attention spans and high-tension buildup. And as the perpetual speed of life gains momentum, every one of us nurtures a growing orb of potential energy craving to become kinetic within our very unconsciousness. This is simply the product of what we have created in our world, and it is now beginning to spill over into our consciousness and the world around us. Chaos is the ruling force that is taking its throne in the universe once again.
This 7" is a reflection of our times as it teams up the manic sounds of DC's Frodus with Japan's Atomic Fireball for the most insane Lovitt release yet, pushing "spazzcore" beyond its known limits! Each band covers each other's songs to create extremely intense musical annihilation. Frodus takes Atomic Fireball's "Disco" (from their double 7" on Super 8) to new territories of Boredoms-esque screaming/noise with a touch of Black Sabbath-monument-toppling heaviness. Atomic Fireball gives the people a "mech-core" attack in the form of "Swingset" (originally appearing on the f-letter LP) by Frodus, taking the song straight into the corona of the sun with scorching vocals and a rhythm section that sounds like an aircraft flying straight into a building at 800,000 mph!
Prepare yourself for the future.
If someone has a scan of the Lovitt 7" of this please send it to me at shelby at themindcontrol dot com.
Japanese Edition: 7" Cover (Frodus side)
Japanese Edition: 7" Cover (AFB Side)
Japanese Tour Poster/Flyer: 1
Japanese Tour Poster/Flyer: 2