BEFORE FLOUR THERE WAS THE DEMO. It must have cost the band a small fortune in postage because I remember every man and his dog having a copy of that cassette. I lifted mine from the Half a Cow shop. When FLOUR was released it was obvious just how ahead of the curve "the 'feeder" were. While most of us were still trying to figure out how to write a tune, the songs on FLOUR had structure, wit, melody, and dynamics. It became an instant fixture on my new "5 disc carousel CD changer". So much so that later, when the stereo was stolen, FLOUR went with it. We covered 'Bugging' for a while. Sung about wanting to "play second guitar" for them in one of our songs, and recorded a version of 'Over' for Mo Poontang. Top debut.
Tom Morgan (Smudge, Godstar, Sneeze) March 2014
Walking Through The Village was recorded at Pyramid Studios, in June 1990 when we were still The Madmen, with Cam Hurst on bass guitar. It was engineered by Jamie Carter, and produced by Murray Nash & Tim. The rest of the album was recorded at Vibrafeel Studios, Inala, between November 1991 and January 1992 right after we changed our name. It was engineered and produced by Mick Borkowski, and released in June 1992 on Sydney’s Survival Records.
After a while we realised that as a document of where the band was at in late 1991 the album sufficed, but we felt the songs deserved more. The experience we gained from a few years of hard touring and further recording meant we could come back and give the album some better treatment and presentation. Also the record was never really mastered the first time around.
So in 1996 we put some new vocals down, re-mixed most of the songs, improved the cover, and re-mastered it. This later version of FLOUR is what you’re hearing here, re-mastered afresh for vinyl in 2014 by Alan Douches @ West West Side, New York.