LEFT TO RIGHT - ROB (BASS, VOCALS), JIM (LEAD GUITAR), GARETH (DRUM MACHINE OPERATION, VIDEO), OWAIN (GUITAR)
BISMUTH WERE (ARE?):-
James Vaughan - Lead guitar and music
Owain Vaughan - Rythm guitar and music
Rob Hewitt (me!) - Vocals and Bass along with lyrics and occasional music bits
SPECIAL GUEST STAR
Gareth Higgs of TOXIC COCKTAIL - Operation and supply of drum backing tracks (written by Bismuth as ProTracker MODs!)
During the early Nineties we always talked about starting a band. The three of us wrote a lot of computer music and it was time to take it to the next level. We liked death metal and Jim and Owain had bandied the name Bismuth around for a while but we hadn't written anything. I found a bass in a skip (they both had guitars) and in 1995, wrote the lyrics to the first BI track - Gutfest. This song was incredibly quick to write! I was in work, phoned the guys and told them that I was coming over in a few hours as I had some lyrics. By the time I got there the music was written and all I had to do was tweak it so the lyrics fitted and write a bass line I could perform while doing the vocals.
The other tracks were born in the same way and shortly afterwards the website (see links) appeared. We never had a drummer but because we all wrote computer music, the drum tracks were written in this way. Results were adequate. Sadly we never gigged as I think the music would have gone down well.
Tracks written and recorded as
A Burial to Bury All
Aggressive Executioner (mp3'ed recording from then - in the download section!)
Tracks nearly finished at initial BI demise
A.T.O.M.I.C.I.D.E. - (A Time Of Mayhem Is Coming Igniting Death Evermore) (!)
Mistletoe and Wine (Noooooo, only kidding!!!)
I seem to recall we were going to cover Orgasmatron by Motorhead/Sepultura also
Tracks written but never
Efil Life part 1 and 2
Sanity Devastation (later done by myself as Coagulus, see download section for mp3)
DODGY ALBUM TITLES WE LUCKILY
NEVER USED (It
would have been called A.T.O.M.I.C.I.D.E.)
(AND HAD PROBABLY DRANK LOTS OF BEER WHEN WE THOUGHT OF THEM!!)
Open for Bismuth
Bismuth as usual
Sink the Bismuth
B.I. and proud
We Wish You a Merry Chris-Muth!
BISMUTH NEWS (!)
On Sunday 31st August there was a mini Bismuth reunion as Jim was back from the US for a few weeks so we nipped down to Mirage and played through the old songs for an hour.
On Sunday 7th September Bismuth and Toxic Cocktail ventured into the studio. Of course all BI songs were played and all were recorded (without vocals due to technical problems) to audio tape (!) and good fun and KFC/Beer was had by all!
I'll dub the Bismuth vocals in the flat (when I eventually get these hallowed recordings) and put them up when they're ready!
Bismuth will live on in Toxic Cocktail as we cover them. Owain does the vocals at the moment but if I get better on the drums I might try. Also it would be nice if Gareth gave them a crack. Or perhaps all of us! The download section has an early TC cover of Gutfest, the first ever BI track and the reason we persevered. Not a bad effort especially as Owain and I hadn't played it for years! And Phil and Ian hadn't played it at all! Oh, and I had never played the drums for it before!
Jim has gone back to America now so Bismuth is on hold once again util the net gets so fast, across Atlantic live recording is possible!
BISMUTH LIVES! - New transatlantic recordings done! New album called Pain and Truth - more soon!