The Martians EP.

In the early 1990s a cosmic squat-based circus-like sci-fi themed space rock band called The Martians was formed during the collapse of the BCCI bank circa 1992-1993. Based in a North London squat this collective performed, recorded music and took part in many happenings and surreal actions. For the very first time in 26 years unreleased music from this extraordinary collective is now being made available.

The Martians EP is released in the shadow of Louis De Trébon’s passing, founding member, visionary leader and genius guitarist who steered this grungy, theatrical and crazy crew through gigs, rehearsals and numerous performances. The digital download extras include a nine page PDF booklet with an in-depth essay, colour photos and liner notes on the story behind this legendary and unpredictable underground band.

This release is lovingly dedicated to the life and vision of Louis De Trébon, all former Martians and members of the Intergalactic Rescue Team. Rest in peace Louis. Death to homelessness and viva The Martian Revolution!

The Martians EP will be released on the 28th October 2021 onto Bandcamp. The Martians EP is featured on BandCloud’s Substack blog. “This is a rather fascinating release…The music is almost like what you might expect to hear in the Roadhouse in Twin Peaks, through a skewed British (or rather Martian) lens. It was recorded during the Britpop era and shares some sensibilities, but is a world away in terms of intent.”

Credits

Battle Song for a Lost Generation: Vocals and lyrics; Sheer Zed. Music; Louis De Trébon and Mike Harvey Katin. Vocals; Alex Clifford and Naomi. Guitars; Mike Harvey Katin and Louis De Trébon. Bass; Al Christie. Drums; Eddie Laurence. Restoration and mastering by Sheer Zed.

Teepee Resin: Vocals and lyrics; Sheer Zed. Music; Mike Harvey Katin. Guitars; Mike Harvey Katin and Louis De Trébon. Bass; Al Christie. Drums; Eddie Laurence. Restoration and mastering by Sheer Zed.

Family Tribe: Vocals and lyrics; Sheer Zed. Music; Louis De Trébon. Vocals; Naomi. Guitars; Mike Harvey Katin and Louis De Trébon. Bass; Al Christie. Drums; Eddie Laurence. Restoration and mastering by Sheer Zed.

To Ed’s (Easy) Tripping: Vocals and lyrics; Sheer Zed. Music; Alex Clifford. Guitars; Alex Clifford, Mike Harvey Katin and Al Christie. Tascam Four Track Production; Andy Ward. Digitised and migrated by John Irvine at Media Kitchen, Gardena, Los Angeles. Restoration and mastering by Sheer Zed.

Battle Song for a Lost Generation, Teepee Resin and Family Tribe were digitised, migrated & preserved with tender loving care from original cassette tapes by The Great Bear.

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Writer • Buddhist Shaman • Musician • Artist • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Numerous compilations such as Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of shamanism and Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, TQ zine, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist and shaman, exploring the realm of sound through ritual, mantras and sound design. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on three pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

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