“The Centipede Tapes” is supposedly going to be a feature where I post odd or obscure stuff that I digitized from my vast archive of cassette tapes. Assuming I can keep it up.
Up first though, is a tape I got from Dan of Why Make Clocks, of the band Fetal Pig — four studio-recorded songs they put out in 1996. It’s a good thing the cover didn’t look like much (just a pink insert with text on it) because I don’t have a scanner right now anyway. The brothers Hutchison, heard here on bass and vocals (Dan) and drums (Jeff) can now be found in Why Make Clocks and Blutiger Fluss; Karl Siemers on guitar later joined Why Make Clocks, then after a few years moved on to, oh I don’t know, bartending, and then nothing I guess (the circumstances of his departure from WMC are better left un-delved-into here).
Anyway, Fetal Pig had a tight, dissonant, declarative sound full of musical left-turns, rather like a mathier, more longwinded Minutemen. It’s pretty rad stuff.
And just because I have them, here are rough recordings of two more Fetal Pig songs dug up from a rehearsal tape: