Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Witness: 12 inches (320kbps)

A Witness formed in 1982 in Stockport outside of Manchester in the U.K., (sort of difficult to keep track of how many incredible Post-Punk bands came out of this area).  The band's first 12", Loudhailer Songs, went almost immediately on to the NME charts.  The first three 12 inches as well as their full length LP entitled I Am Johns Pancreas, were released on Ron Johnson Records, the same label that A Witness drummer Alan Brown was signed to for his band The Great Leap Forward.  Driven by strong lyrics from bassist Vince Hunt and vocally by the uniquely talented Keith Curtis,  A Witness had an impressive output between 1985 and 1989 which included two full length LPs, two Peel Session recordings as well as the four 12 inches listed here.  Tragically, in October of 1989, the band's guitarist, Rick Aitken died while climbing in the Scottish Highlands, forcing the band to cancel a rather high profile tour supporting The Wedding Present (from Leeds)- the band was no more.  Had Aitken's death not happened or the band found a new guitarist, it's likely they would have had a bright future.  Leave comments and Enjoy!

Louhailer Songs 12" Tracklisting:

1. Lucky In London
2. Kitchen Sink Drama
3. Regular Round
4. Camera
5. Drill One

Red Snake 12" Tracklisting:

1. Red Snake
2. Hard Day's Love
3. Regular Round

One Foot In The Groove 12" Tracklisting:

1. Raw Patch
2. Faglane Morris Wind
3. Zip Up
4. Nodding Dog Moustache

I Love You, Mr Disposable Razors 12" Tracklisting:

1. I Love You, Mr Disposable Razors
2. Tomorrow Never Knows
3. Razors Lifestyle Mix


Johnny Yeshno said...

Thanks for posting this! It's hard enough to find their LP, nevermind the singles...

Sheerinertia said...

No prob!

Wm Perry said...

just learned of A witness via a d-l'ed comp including membranes, nightingales, bIG fLAME, and Great Leap Forward. GLF, incidentally has a bandcamp prescence in its recent form.
ALL new to me. So lucky me. Three Johns is my closest comparable.
but what i want to knw are the lyrics to "I Love You, Mr Disposable Razors"
i laugh like an idiot just saying it out loud. So of course i want to cover it like leonard cohen 'sisters of mercy'
any help?