D8 WITH F8
3. Karnival DeGrind"
In 1997 with V.O.D on hold after the release of the band's "Bloedrivier" album and European tour, the members on different
continents, drummer Paul got itchy to create some tunes. Hence he became
Pablo Priest, venturing into a musical realm completely dependent on
his input alone - no pressure or obligation to stick to a certain sound,
style, genre or identity. The plinky-plonky mess around on the new bass
guitar he bought in London had to head somewhere. It ended up getting its first immortalizing
on mess-around live 4-track recordings at 50 Bloem Street, home of friends Jules &
Vern. Here the bedroom studio of Jules tasted the first incarnation
which would end up becoming F8. Neighbours aside, the volume had to
be cranked! Drum patterns were programmed & run from a Roland drum machine, the rest pretty
much improvised live over it. Just the basic idea of a main riff became the
basics, Jules punching in sample soundFX & Vern belching vocals.
With a so-fucking-what attitude there were no thoughts of ever releasing
the cacophonic songs like I'm A Booza!, Vernie, Get Me A Drink and The Nellie Song was just plain Saturday afternoon fun (while
others watched rugby or beat people up at beach braais). "Kept
us out of trouble" as the old folk would say. But, it couldn't
have come to its original fruition without the cheap Vodka aide! The
only tracks to be of some use in a lo-fi, chaos-with-structure kinda
way were !!speeed!!, Dr Faustus and Karnival DeGrind.
These became the definitive tracks to comprise A D8 WITH F8.
© 1997 Flamedrop Productions
Written & produced by Paul Blom / Co-produced by Julian Oosthuizen
Lyrics by Werner Offner
All songs executed by Paul Blom & Julian Oosthuizen except "!!speeed!!"
& "Dr Faustus" with Werner Offner on vocals.
Bass, sceams, programming by Paul Blom
Samples, keyboards and engineering by Julian Oosthuizen
Lead vocals by Werner Offner
Early '98 Hennie of Way Cool
Records commissioned three F8 tracks for
the Way Cool compilation CD. Which ones to pick? Hennie found
the original recordings of A D8 WITH F8 a little too hard-core,
lo-fi and crude for the CD and wanted to finance re-recordings.. So, after a hectic & tight session with digital
engineer Dirk Van Straaten (R.I.P) at The Music Room Studios in Harrington
Street, Cape Town, 7 tracks popped out.
Narrowing it down to these were no easy task. The super maniacal grinding
speed tracks were weeded out and the ones sounding more like "songs"
ended up on the hard drive. With the limited budget, the desired effect
to make it sound like Tekno-Grind could not be fulfilled. Still, it's
not meant to be either techno or grindcore - so that'll piss a few people
off - cool. Time constraints also hampered any electronic sample experimentation.
This might be seen as a work in progress, but it is an entity unto itself.
Anything can be added and since it's just one guy, a bass guitar and a drum
machine, any additions can be considered for live renditions... except... six
string guitars - acoustic or electric.
The Music Room sessions became known as Pronounced: FATE,
especially since most morons don't realise numbers still have a phonetic
value when pronounced and morphing a letter and number can create an
existing word. Besides, "F8" looks much cooler than the 4-letter version
known to most. If nothing else, the F8 logo is one fuckin' sexy
piece of work! So if the songs don't turn you on, at least you can drool
over the sheer brilliance of the logo design!
1. These Hands
The song takes a cold, hard look
at domestic violence - pulsating and gothically emotional. (These are alos Paul's first stab at "singing")
Surfin's Tha Word
by someone who's never surfed before in his life! This parody chronicles
the anguish of a closet surfer stuck up-country in a dry metropolis.
This is the only track with live drums (and trombone), and is a tongue in cheek stab
filled with delicious cliches. Very indigenous. In many respects it was deliberately created for friend Honest Gav who is a big SKA fan.
'love song' directed at
a beloved in a narcotic coma - serious, powerful, heartfelt.
4. Handmade Apocalypse
The song scrutinizes the
human race and its idiotic self-destructive urges. A global outcry.
Disko In Fur? No!
rip from start
to finish, pointless, meaningless like most disco songs are. Cool, funky,
silly, irreverant. And an animal rights hint perhaps?
This represents the only Afrikaans
language track, its first incarnation was "Sexwitch", conceived with Jules.
Depraved without being crude. Harder than some hard-dance tracks it
includes some hilarious cheezy lyrics and a chest punching beat, complete
with backward messages. (The song was also included on the 2009 "Kopskoot!" heavy Afrikaans compilation CD).
Drone (Version 1.0)
The track c
onsist of a throbbing
programmed drum assault to be expanded, improved and upgraded indefinitely.
This original, embryonic raw state is a 2 minute hypnotic experience
of pure nothingness. Only useful when played full blast.
A minute of silence represents our
world and the preposterous position we're in. Each minute that slips
by is gone forever and within those 60 seconds, unheard of atrocities
play itself out around every corner while we stand by and watch, humanity
sucked further down the freaking tubes.
the absence of previous co-conspirators, Jules & Vern, F8
has evolved into a vault of personal expression. Writing and producing
all the tracks, playing bass, live drums and programming, Paul also
did the (gulp!) vocals from there onwards - a task taken upon in the
studio for the first time, the lyrics written shortly after the instruments
were laid down.
Paul's brother Francois was on standby to do vocals if the shit went down. Some reverb
later and... what the fuck?! Who cares if it sucks?! Francois did perform the voals at a the only ever (far-out) PVC-clad live F8 show (at the behest of SL Magazine's Malu Van Leeuwen) as part of a Battle Of The Bands showcase SL held at The River Club - the winning band playing Oppi Koppi (Grunt won?). Theo Crous and Simon Portock were also percussion guests on the "Drone" track.
The only contributions from other nuts were that of Willem van der Merwe's
trombone on "Surfin's the Word" as well as Henk Blom (yes, another
brother) and Dave Ledbetter on additional backing vocals
for the same song.
© 1998 Flamedrop Productions
All songs written, produced and performed by Paul Blom including all
bass guitars, live & programmed drums, lead & backing vocals
Engineered by Dirk Van Straaten @ The Music Room Studios
Executive Producer: Hennie Legrange
Trombone on "Surfin's Tha Word" by Willem van der Merwe
Additional backing vocals on "Surfin's Tha Word" by Henk Blom, Willem
van der Merwe and Dave Ledbetter.
Special thanks to Hennie Le Grange at Way Cool Records
ON IT !
Initially the 1st two recording
EPs Pronounced: FATE and A D8 With F8) were
compiled as Step On It ! A super limited edition CD.
The unconventional nature of F8 is evident
in the metal treadplate case packaging. Why do everything by the book? Why be boring?
If you don't like it... Step On It !
During 1999 Paul spent a lot of time in Johannesburg
(Gauteng) - chances were big of a move there from his born & bred
Cape Town. That never happened. While many songs were conceived during
this period, none were recorded. The only recordings made were 5 programmed tracks. With vocals
absent in the light of these lo-fi-digital electronic experiments, the idea dawned
to make it a themed concept trip around Addictions - each song trapping
a mood or feeling relating to certain addictions which make up the larger
part of our human existence.
They are all pretty self explanatory:
1. ReBeFa (Religion / Belief / Faith)
2. LoSeLu (Love / Sex / Lust)
3. MoGreGa (Money / Greed / Gambling)
4. NaPhAlDru (Narcotics / Pharmaceuticals / Alcohol / Drugs)
5. DeOpDoCo (Destruction / Oppression / Domination / Corruption)
© 1999 Flamedrop Productions
All songs written, produced and programmed by Paul Blom
STAR IS MISCARRIED
Various 4-track recordings were made on a deck borrowed from Theo. Most got lost but these two intrumentals were salvaged.
This instrumental track (and "a.c.h.e") ended up being used in Paul's short film imPERFECTION in 2004 (the song title subsequently changed to be the movie's title track). The soundtrack also featured other F8 songs as well as demo songs of Paul & Sonja's band Terminatryx.
A flowing mood. Does it refer to pain? Is it an acronym for acid, coke, heroin and ecstasy? Who knows...
© 2000 Flamedrop Productions
All songs written, produced and performed by Paul Blom
TEAR IT DOWN
New track Tear It Down will be released soon.
(and maybe a few others?)
All of the above EP and single recordings will be collectively compiled
as BELIEVE, backtracked from the most recent recording to the very
first - a regression or historical retreat, from bad to worse(!) - whichever your preference.
- TEAR IT DOWN (2016)
- A STAR IS MISCARRIED (2000)
- ADDICTIONS (1999)
- PRONOUNCED: FATE (1998)
- A D8 WITH F8 (1997)