"Its not what it seems.."
- Recorded by Richard at Frankston Audio Arthouse 1996.
- Produced & Mixed by Richard and Gavin.
- Mastered for cassette by Dex Audio.
- Duplicated by Matt at Dex Audio.
- Released in 1996 and about 100 copies sold.
- Cover art designed by Gru & reproduced by Kwik Kopy Printing Footscray.
If only I was a CD
Frankston Audio Arthouse is located, well, near Frankston somewhere, but not really...
It was incredibly hard to get to unless you were Richard, who by sheer coincidence,
lived and worked there. Four songs were recorded and mixed in 8 hours on some old 24
track desk and an 8 track reel to reel. Effects were limited except there was plenty
of choice reverbs, which were applied to the vocal tracks in abundance, making them sound
strangely similar to something you might find on any of your favourite 80's shlock rock
records... All the tracks were recorded live, but the distorted guitar sounds were
re-recorded and came from the same amazing unit the reverbs came from. The good old
Marshall Valvestate and Yamaha Pacifica duo were a bit to scratchy back in those days
for a real slick recording such as this, they may have actually sounded natural..
Little known facts..
- All the cassette covers were hand cut with a pair of Crayola fluro scissors, possibly
the green ones with the smooth edge...
- Chocolate Fudge was originally titled "Swank", but was deemed to offensive as it
was "your more risque magazine..."
- The music for "Interlude" was written by Adam Beasley, Gru and Travis Bakos when
they played in a band before gavin, called "Delerium".
- The title of the Cassette came from the first line of lyrics in
"Jellybeans and Ice-Creams". (What's this you say??!! No more funny stuff??!!)
- The artwork for the cassette was stolen from a photography book, which happened to
be also stolen, from the infamous Leongatha Secondary College.
The "Its Not What It Seems" Story...
Not being entirely content with their numerous home job 4 track recordings, gavin decided
that it was time to pay some other shmuck to do what they couldn't quite achieve themselves.
The studio choice was easy, if gavin's peers "thirstee?" personally endorsed Franston Audio
Arthouse, what other studio could there possibly be that was worth recording at? The recording's
main objective was to get the gavsters some gigs playing their own material at venues around
Melbourne, and to hopefully bring them fame and fortune...(and women). Gigs they got, but the
jewels, Crowns and Orgies came later, much, much later... (In fact we are still waiting..)
Those were the days...
Of course there was your odd bit of radio airplay at triple R and some Uni radio
stations, but if I remember correctly, gavin broke the Melbourne
scene with a show at the good old (now deceased) Nicholson Hotel,
home to Melbourne's dirtiest live alternative scene. With Brett
Van Hoorn on the dials there was no stopping the gavsters. They
got the gig using the above mentioned cassette and became regulars
at the venue for a good few weeks until the rock'n'roll lifestyle
got to them, and they moved on to bigger and better things -
the upper class "Old Colonial Hotel" on Brunswick Street.
Mingling with the rich and famous, gavin were mixed by many
a celebrity sound guy, and also played a short residency here
until they were barred from the hotel for playing too loud...
The grand old cassette also got them some top shows at the dirty "House of Fools" in Footscray
where they performed on ground level, singing through a glorified home stereo/alias
vocal PA system, with their back to most of the punters who were playing pool in the corner.
Somewhere around this time, gavin went back into hybernation playing "covers",
saving money to fund their real rock dreams, and continued searching for that long
lost fourth band member...
Check out that line-up!!
Wow! Spirit of Eve!!