HAND GRENADES - Demos To London LP
- Label: Last Laugh
- Catalog Number: HAW-035
- Availability: In Stock
In 1979, the Hand Grenades unveiled their debut (and subsequently only)
single, “Demo to London,” to little public notice except from some
European record store owners who were mailed promotional copies
containing prints seemingly the work of Andy Warhol. But despite the
shenanigans (and threatened legal action from Warhol), the band failed
to gain much of any notoriety. The Hand Grenades eventually became the
Sponsors and put an album out on Dutch label Plexus that got only
slightly more recognition. Fortunately, longtime dustbin excavators Last
Laugh Records have resuscitated the Hand Grenades’ lone artifact and
evidence of the band’s existence and paired it with two unearthed
recordings never pressed to wax before. The original A-side, “Demo to
London,” sounds like a long lost Fast Product side, while its flip,
“Comà Dos,” could be an early Wire cut if they took themselves a little
less seriously. Meanwhile, the two new tracks, “Cocoon” and “Murder,”
perhaps point the way towards what the Sponsors would become, pairing
angular guitar hooks with a more melodic bent. Despite any similarities
to their contemporaries, what’s obvious is that the band was well on its
way to forging a distinctive set of sonics, which fortunately can now
finally be heard.
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