EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD-ONLY RELEASESMany Smog Veil releases are available for download only from a variety of digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and hundreds more. Here's the list and a link to iTunes for each release.
With the band's original lineup (also including vocalist/bassist Christopher Michael) they recorded their first releases: "Slave to the Blade", and "Blessing in the Skies", released by Azra International Records. They were also featured on Azra Record's compilation shaped picture record "Metalgon" and in the comedy/horror movie "Killer Nerd".
Several lineup changes followed as the band recorded their next release "5 Demons". Smog Veil is lucky to have licensed the band's earliest recordings. Download them both here:
BAD DUDES 'Bad Dudes'
DAVID THOMAS and 2 pale boys: 'Meadville'
A fantastic live set from this improv prog powerhouse. Originally released a live bonus disk included in the David Thomas, Monster box set, 'Meadville' was selected by preeminent rock critic Greil Marcus as his favorite record of 1997.
DAVID THOMAS and 2 pale boys: 'Surf's Up'
David Thomas and two pale boys is avant-garde traditional folk music from the future performed with post-dance technology. Time Out described 'Surf's Up!' (2001), as "harrowing and haunting, beautiful and haunted stuff."
DAVID THOMAS and foreigners: 'Bay City'
Bay City is an album of reinvented roots-- part salty melancholic blues, part wounded sultry jazz and part jangling swamp rock. Bay City - tales from Philip Marlowe's lost nights in a town affluent and self-contented on the surface, rife with corruption and nepotism just underneath. Blood on the face of the moon. Bones buried in the hills. Double indemnity and dark visions. David Thomas and foreigners started life at a concert staged in the middle of the Gefion fountain, in the rain, in Copenhagen in 1996. Jørgen Teller enlisted Mr Thomas along with 2 other Danish musicians, P. O. Jørgens and Per Buhl Acs. The collaboration, recorded on a farm in Denmark between 1996 and 1999, promised a hard-edged reappraisal of American music, the lingua franca of a planet drifting into strangeness. Contrary to all logic, it is a startlingly specific cultural folkwork.
RUBBER CITY REBELS "The Hollywood Years"
After the Rebels moved from Akron to LA, they hooked up with Knack head honcho, Doug Fieger, and recorded an LP for Capitol. Here's alternate mixes of the record plus a 1980 KROQ interview.
RUBBER CITY REBELS "The Akron Years"
All the earliest recordings from Akron's finest, including the stuff from the split LP with the Bizarros, plus 5 early studio takes!
BUZZ CLIC ADVENTURE "California"
After Rubber City Rebels went on hiatus around 1982, Buzz put together his first solo recording with the help of Phil Seymour. This is the result, 13 fantastic guitar rippers!
BUZZ CLIC ADVENTURE "Yadang"
Buzz returns again with 13 more guitar rippers!
BOLD CHICKEN "Bold Chicken"
Bold Chicken was the first band Buzz Clic fronted, active in 1973-1974ish. These archival recordings collected from one-off acetates are wild and frenzied, sorta like The Mentally Ill, except from Akron! After the demise of Bold Chicken, Buzz formed King Kobra along with Rod Firestone, and then eventually transformed that band into Rubber City Rebels. 11 demented songs!
THE VACANCIES "Gutpunch"
Before jumping to Joan Jett's Blackheart Records, The Vacancies made their debut on Smog Veil. 10 sweaty teen anthems, Cleveland punk rock with a dose of O.C. melodies.
CALIFORNIA SPEEDBAG "Fire Of Misery"
Gary Lupico and crew serve up the finest alt-country record I've ever heard. And, in true Cleveland form, did it prior to whatever movement there was known as alt-country. Long live Gary, he was a true friend of the label and the many artists that recorded for Smog Veil, and this last record of his is just amazing.
The mid to late 80s were an odd time in Cleveland as in most scenes. Sounds shifted and changed. Lurid was one of those great transitional bands that crossed the lines between punk and hardcore, yet served up some amazing music. Fronted by the ever amazing voice of Val Seeley, the band was also comprised at various times of Bob Richey of The Pink Holes and The Pagans, Lair Matic of The Offbeats (and countless other great bands), and Al McGinty of Wild Giraffes. Live and studio cuts included here.
NUMBSKULL 'Final Days Of Torture'
The original Numbskull demo in its wonderful noise entirety. 20 amazing tracks of bass heavy hardcore weirdness that can best be described as what you would get if Black Sabbath had formed in Cleveland in 1981 and decided to play hardcore straight from the start.
NUMBSKULL 'The Great Brain Bake-Off'
Darryl reformed Numbskull in the 2000's and this is the result. While the production values are a bit better, it's still the same bass and drums-only hardcore the band perfected 20 years earlier!
After the demise of the Defnics, Bob Sablack and Mohawk Mike got together with Duke and formed Plague. Old school Cleveland hardcore, circa 1985ish. A 2-volume ripper!
Smog Veil is lucky to present the Estel catalog. Estel is a fantastic Irish garage psych improv prog powerhouse, and all of these records are complex, hook filled, mind blowing experiences.
'Angelpie I Think I Ate Your Face'
'A Guide In Time Of Danger'
'My dreams are like rabbits...'
'The Bones Of Something'
'untitled' (with Steve Mackay and Mike Watt)
'A Massive, Glorious, Uphill Shit Fight.'
THE BALOMAI BROTHERS 'No Power, the best of The Balomai Brothers'
Ridiculously silly, but inventive and sarcastic observations of the mysterious Balomai Brothers are the makings of this fine release. Who these peope are, we may never know. If you are searching, I suggest you start somewhere on Brookpark Road, and follow the trail of peirogi aroma to the nearest basement. There, you may find them. Or, maybe not.