Saade / Night - Saddest Night (Cassette)
So this is the cassette I mentioned in the previous post - the one Tomas sent me for free when I bought the first Saade cassette. These guys have got to be one of the best two-piece bands around (and they sound even better live)… The guitar sound is HUGE and the drumming’s often pretty heavy on the cymbals. I’m not actually sure where this is available to buy as a cassette since we did all dealings via email and Paypal, but it is free to download. Anyway… This release is pretty weird in that it’s both a split and a collaboration - Saade contribute three tracks on the A side with Night contributing two on the B side… But on the end of both sides is a track with both bands collaborating! Now, the most interesting thing about that is how the bands are totally different… I had no idea what Night sounded like until I heard this. I was quite surprised… I was expecting them to be a heavy, riffy band like Saade, but no. They’re a sort of electro band. Self-described as ‘progressive electro punk rock’… So the two sides of the cassette sound pretty different, and the collaborative tracks are pretty interesting because they’re such a strange juxtaposition. I have to say I much prefer the Saade side though - Don’t Look Back is a really great track. They definitely played that both times I saw them. Awesome. I don’t find Night particularly exciting, but the collaborative tracks are cool… They certainly add an odd new dimension to Saade…
Saade / Night - Saddest Night (Cassette)
Saade - Sade (Cassette)
Green cassette-only release from Czech Republic
I caught Saade twice this year on tour with Boris and Russian Circles and I really enjoyed them both times - I picked up their CD album which I enjoyed (Maybe I Fly has one of those incredible riffs which just sticks in your head) as well as a split 7” single they did with Boris. They also had a cassette for sale, which I didn’t pick up because I thought it was the same album as the CD. I later found out it was not - it’s actually their first release (when they were called ‘Sade’ rather than ‘Saade’ - technically self-titled) and not only that, but Wata from Boris was playing guitar on one of the tracks. That made me want it a little bit more… I had a look at trying to track it down and found the label in the Czech Republic who made the tape and emailed them (I couldn’t order from the site because it was all in Czech)… I later received an email from Tomas Zakopal (guitarist/vocalist) who thanked me for my interest and said he could send me the cassette plus their new cassette release for no extra cost! So yeah… It was a bit of effort to get this - googling around a few sites, emailing etc. But I’m glad I did… There’s some great tracks on here. More great riffs of course. They’re very much a riff orientated band… There’s a couple of tracks which really stand out for me - Flower Power (the track on which Wata plays guitar) and the track that comes straight after - White War. They lead into each other perfectly and White War is a great closer. The recording quality isn’t the best, and this has been referred to as a demo, but that lo-fi edge is nice. Sounds particularly cool on tape. In a nutshell; cool lo-fi fuzzy riffs and drums.
Boris / Saade - Czechoslovakia / Vrah (split 7”)
Limited to 500
Split between Boris and Saade which I picked up from their London show a while back. I had no idea it existed until I saw it on the merch table. It was a nice surprise indeed. Czechoslovakia appears on Boris’ recent Heavy Rocks album - it’s condensed on the CD version and appears in full length on the vinyl version. Those two versions are instrumentals, but this version features Tomas from Saade on vocals, meaning he’s singing on both tracks. This being the full length version and having vocals probably makes it the most complete version of Czechoslovakia around. It’s heavy, fast, and the lyrics are in Czech. It’s a strong track, but it just makes me wish Boris would have included it on the CD. As annoying as releasing three different versions of the same track is it is a typically Boris thing to do. I still love them though. Saade’s track is also enjoyable. I picked their album up at the same show, and most of that is sung in English, but again, this is sung in Czech. That’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned; with the Czech accent the vocals can sound a bit weird in English and on the album they are annoying at times. I appreciate when people sing in their mother tongue. This is fast compared to most of the stuff on their album. Solid split single.