Leatherface - Viva La Arthouse 2xLP- Used LP
yellow vinyl / orange gold vinyl
I’ve enjoyed all the countless hours I’ve spent with this band over the years and decades...if you aren’t familiar, maybe somewhere between Motörhead and the M.O.T.O. is the best I can offer at the moment...grinding power pop to gravel...melodic doesn’t have to be boring...clearly few bands had so much rhythm and yet rocked so hard...not surprisingly, like whiskey 🥃 in a wood barrel, with a raspy voice of someone such as Frankie Stubbs, time just adds to the nuisances and power of the delivery, both Stubbs and original guitarist Dickie Hammond clearly present for this 2010 show. While, they’d tragically lost their bass player and also picked up a new drummer by this time, the replacements (Graeme Philliskirk and Steve “Skruff” Owen clearly know how to hold up the bottom and help drive the message home...the message being that this is a punk band that made its mark...like demolition experts plowing through condominiums, good music can drive through the stone and bullshit and make its way to the center of your heart. This album is clearly evidence of that. — winch (Green Noise Records)
"Sadly The Arthouse, which has hosted punk and indie shows in North Melbourne for the past 19 years, will close its doors in May 2011 after its long-time licensee Maree Kelly decided not to renew its lease. An unsympathetic landlord and a change in the liqour licensing regulations are the two major factors in the Kelly family’s decision not to renew the lease. Leatherface's Frankie Stubbs has a long-standing relationship with The Arthouse, in October 2005 A Death In the family flew Frankie over from the U.K to produce their debut album in the newly equipped Arthouse Studio.
"Sunderland, UK‚ Leatherface formed in August 1988, and their live shows have become the stuff of legend, if you’ve ever been lucky enough to catch them live you’ll have witnessed the pre-gig excitement, the trepidation of the emotional possibilities, the rollercoaster ride of each song and the overall full on powerhouse brutality of melodic punk rock which is down to Dickie Hammonds unique guitar playing, the bombast of the rhythm section that comprises of Stephen ‘Skruff’ Owen on drums and Greame Philliskirk on bass. On top of this mighty backdrop is Frankie Stubbs lyrics, with his incredibly raspy voice and passionate delivery, exudes an aura that demands and gets respect. He wins admiration, in part, for his distinct lack of trying to be something he’s not. He is utterly devoid of pretense and flash.
"Leatherface have obtained a massive cult following outside their native country over the years. The band have been cited as an influence by higher-profile acts in the USA such as Hot Water Music, Dillinger Four, Tiltwheel and many other bands around the globe. Jack Rabid, music critic and publisher of the music magazine Big Takeover, rates Leatherface's The Stormy Petrel on par with their 1991 release Mush which he described as one of the fifty greatest punk albums of all time."
1. Not a Day Goes By (Stubbs). 2. God is Dead (Stubbs, Hammond). 3. Watching You Sleep (Stubbs, Evans). 4. Never Say Goodbye (Stubbs, Hammond). 5. Diego Garcia (Stubbs, Hammond). 6. Little White God (Stubbs, Hammond). 7. Peasant in Paradise (Stubbs). 8. Hoodlum (Stubbs). 9. Sour Grapes (Stubbs). 10. Nutcase (Stubbs, Hammond). 11. My Worlds End (Stubbs, Hammond). 12. I Want the Moon (Hammond, Stubbs). 13. Broken (Stubbs). 14. Not Superstitious (Stubbs). 15. Pale Moonlight (Stubbs). 16. Dead Industrial Atmosphere (Stubbs). 17. Springtime (Hammond, Stubbs). 18. Hops & Barley (Tucker). 19. Hurt (Reznor).