Mutiny in Heaven

by jamesendeacott

I’ve only ever been scared at one gig in my life and that was The Birthday Party in, I think, 1983 at Leeds Polytechnic – i was a very young 17 year old, loved the band and was very excited to see them. Nothing prepared for the aural and visual onslaught in front of me though. Goth was starting to happen and West Yorkshire seemed to be the centre of this new thing, the capital…dare I say the Church of Goth. The room was about two thirds full and the smell of hairspray, cider and cheap speed was overwhelming…my eyes were wide when the band came on….Mick Harvey behind the drum kit seemingly holding it together with the full on figure of Tracy Pew, the bass player, in a large cowboy hat hardly moving but looking menacing all the same. Rowland S. Howard the stick like guitar player was roaming the stage like a man possessed beating the hell out of his guitar – i’m sure he was foaming at the mouth but he probably wasn’t….!! Amongst all this chaos was Nick Cave – all hair and howl…he was the the most evil thing i’d ever seen…he scowled and screamed at the rest of the band, at the audience and into the microphone….it was exhilarating and bloody nerve wracking to be honest….I fell more in love with the band obviously and am still in love to this day – the Mutiny and Bad Seed EP’s both sound incredible over 30 years after they were recorded – give them a listen now and i’m sure you’ll agree…

anyway I was trawling the information superhighway recently and came across a film of the band recording the Mutiny EP….not the greatest sound quality to be honest but it’s worth 25 minutes of anyones time…

A documentry by Heiner Mühlenbrock. April 1983 recording sessions for the final Birthday Party EP, Mutiny!

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