LEFT TO RIGHT - ROB (BASS, VOCALS),
JIM (LEAD GUITAR), GARETH (DRUM MACHINE OPERATION, VIDEO),
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
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
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
written and recorded as Bismuth
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
written but never Bismuth-ed
Efil Life part 1 and 2
Sanity Devastation (later done by myself as Coagulus, see
download section for mp3)
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
Open for Bismuth
Bismuth as usual
Sink the Bismuth
B.I. and proud
We Wish You a Merry Chris-Muth!
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!
Added Aggressive Executioner (old
recording from around 1996) mp3 to the Download section. Also available in the site
Added A Burial To Bury All MP3 from the
same session as above.
Added Gutfest (cover of Bismuth track
done recently by ToXiC Cocktail also.
Added A Burial To Bury All MP3 recorded
on the 7th September 2003 (!) by Bismuth at Mirage.
Recorded by video camera but audible!
Added link to old Bismuth site to the Links section - a
good place to get the old lyrics! The MP3s are mirrored
there I believe.