CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

January 2006

WINDOW 'demonstration' cd

The place is Melebourone, Australchina. It's 2056. China peacefully took over Australia in 2025 just after resources were discovered under the Uluru "plug" (at least we weren't the USA - they sold their crippled and bankrupt country to India).

Life is desperate for most, the streets are crowded with people. It's impossible to tell whether it's day or night. Huge hemp marquees have been erected over entire suburbs. The air is thick. If you can afford one, you wear a gas mask. Most people have surgical masks or bits of material wrapped around their faces. Trees are sealed in capsules, like the stuck bassplayer from Spinal Tap. Shops have spilled over onto the pavements and roads, sharing trestles with jumble sellers. It's like closing hour at Trash & Treasure - mostly the dregs.

But hidden amongst the rows of old water filters, broken portable solar-panel kits and headPods is a table manned by three very old bearded men selling guitar pedals and those old silver music discs from the early 21st Century.

"Nihao! Pedals for sale!" yells Dylan to the passing crowd. "We've got a Boss DM-2 Analogue Delay, JD Cry Baby, AKAI Loop. Original pedals from '05!"

Silver, a woman in her sixties, stops and picks up one of the square metal boxes. She looks up at one of the old men's faded teeshirt.

"Nihao! Are you guys Window?" she asks.

From his wheelchair Sunny looks up at the younger woman and smiles. His eyes start to water and he nods.

"You guys were Window, weren't you?" Silver continues. "My mum loved that band.

"I grew up with your music. I had my headPod removed because of you when I was a teen! Mum said you were even better live - you would really rock out. A bit like Coldplay - but who remembers them? No, more like the Doves - but better! Gee, all these old bands.

"That Window demo my mum had was zupacoolum! Lots of different guitar sounds and a great underlying rhythm. I'll have to pass by the Nursing Tree and tell her I met you."

"Nihao! We got pedals!" screams Gus, the third old man, above the chatter. "Sunny's old Pitch Delay, his Blue Box, a Phase 90. The classic D64 Loop pedal. Hotcake! An original Hotcake!"

"Nihao!" an old man passing by greets them, removing his MOTO:5D-player from his eyes.

Sunny startles. Dylan reaches down and wipes the dribble from Sunny's chin.

"Nihao! It's Window alright. Your demo from 2005 was a sweeping mass of high octave melody engulfing any hint of distraction. A calm Australian accent as far removed from boganism as the listener will be from the dull reality," the man rabbits on. "And live - tight as a drum, where the only leak would be your drool! How are you Sunny? Remember me? It's Joel."

Sunny looks confused. "Nihao! He can't talk ever again," says Dylan. "He lost his voice on that never-ending twenty year 'Sunny One Sock' tour."

"One Sock Sunny," corrects Gus, "Nihao! Pedals! Boss PS-3, Pitch Shifter Delay, JD Uni-Vibe, MXR Distortion and a JD Tremolo. They won't last!"

Dylan and Sunny quickly look over to Gus.

"Er...they'll last! While stocks last!" Gus corrects.

"Can't believe you old men are still alive," says Silver.

"Ah, the magic of music kept us young,' replied Dylan, "and living at the South Pole for thirty years certainly helped."

"'Subliminal, subliminal'," Silver starts to sing. "That's the one. And 'Your Wave'. That had so many great parts to it. Incredible wah-wah bit. And that one Sunny sang, 'Unknown'. So atmospheric and languid. It was a change of pace from Dylan's angsty vocals with Sunny romantically whispering in the listener's ear."

She leans forward and touches Sunny's arm. He looks up and smiles. His eyes start to water and he nods. Then he nods off. -ND

contact: dylan.stewart@optusnet.com.au
WINDOW Subliminal 4 track EP out now on She Puts Out Records through MGM

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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