Gods Look Down

On the train home from a hectic few days in London and Brighton. Had an argument with a Transport for London jobsworth at Euston. Can’t wait to get his months wages from him!! Paid first class for the train home just for the hell of it, it was only a couple of quid more but it’s like sitting in a library. Oh well, live and learn.

Not done a shuffle for a while, today it has spat out Scream’s Gods Look Down from their posthumous release Fumble. It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to Scream and this track in particular sounds like some of the early Foo Fighters stuff. The Foo’s comparison could be down to Scream’s drummer singing on this particular track and he happens to be Dave Grohl, who joined the band aged just 17 and played on the last two Scream albums before joining Nirvana.

Formed in 1981 in Virginia by brothers Peter and Franz Stahl (who had a brief stint with the Foo Fighters in the 1990’s), Scream are considered as a leading light of the early Washington, D.C. hardcore scene alongside the likes of Minor Threat and Government Issue. Four of their five albums were released through legendary Washington, D.C. label Dischord. Fumble was released in 1993, three years after the band split up.

No video for this track, so just the audio from YouTube.

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Shadows

The Jet City – Seattle, Washington State. Also the spiritual home of Grunge (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, et al)

In 1994, out of the grunge scene iconic Seattle label Sub Pop released a magnificent slab of post hardcore / alternative rock, or Emo as some considered it to be (not what is considered to be Emo today. Emo in it’s original incarnation of emotional hardcore)

The band was Sunny Day Real Estate. The album was Diary.

During the recording of second album LP2 the band splintered and ended up splitting up shortly after. Two of the band went on to join a band with fellow Seattle resident Dave Grohl. William Goldsmith was the original drummer for the Foo Fighters and bass player Nate Mendel has been the Foo’s bass player ever since.

Sunny Day actually returned a few years later without Mendel and released another two records. Split again and reunited again with Mendel! Currently the band are inactive – pretty much split up again.

Thanks to the iPod shuffle for throwing this out. I’m now off to listen to Diary in full!!