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Slapstick Tragedy (2007)

I was looking for "Psych" on the list of genres, but chose "Electronic - Beat Driven". This is a very spontaneously conceived collection of songs about the frustration of finding a new job at a very boring time of year, in a gritty part of town. It's also about the joy of meeting with friends and getting wasted, and looking forward to the future. Lots of reverb vocals, twangy guitars, 80s synths and echoey beats.

Social Exclusion Unit (2008)

More guitar-based than my 2007 album, and with less spoken stuff and more singing. For lyrical inspiration this time, I used lots of local London newspapers. There's even a dancehall track on here...

The Evil Escapes (2009)

I don't think I'm exaggerating by saying this is far and away the best of the three RPM albums I've made; and I had to do it in 19 days flat, to boot, as I was going to Jamaica on Feb 20. I'll classify this one as "Alternative" rather than "Electronic - Beat Driven", as there's a wider range of styles on this, and this time I've aped The Smiths and The House of Love on a couple of tracks. I desperately enjoyed doing this album, to the extent that I might retire on this one. We shall see :O)

Baptist Youth Picnic (2011)

2017 Album (2017)

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Alan Gara

The Guest Stars

QUBIQ

Rene Bechard

Phil Nelson

amalgamation

Cmdr. Resonant Frequency

Office Worker

Eric Burt

Reefwalker

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Chandler D Obelisk

BIOGRAPHY

Chandler is just me, John Waring. I've played in a few bands down the years, and currently I'm in The Gresham Flyers. One thing I love about this challenge is that I can do precisely what I want with the songs, without any compromises; but the main thing I love it that it simply forces me to write, and some of the stuff I come up with has really thrilled me :O)

BAND MEMBERS
John Waring: Vocals, percussion, Fender Telecaster, 1960s Valencia acoustic guitar, 1940s Chromonica, keyboards, mandolin

YEARS COMPLETED
2007,2008,2009,2011,2017

GENRES
Electronic - Beat Driven,Alternative,Indie Rock


Completed Albums

Slapstick Tragedy(2007)

I was looking for "Psych" on the list of genres, but chose "Electronic - Beat Driven". This is a very spontaneously conceived collection of songs about the frustration of finding a new job at a very boring time of year, in a gritty part of town. It's also about the joy of meeting with friends and getting wasted, and looking forward to the future. Lots of reverb vocals, twangy guitars, 80s synths and echoey beats.


Jenny No-Shoes
Your Mama Said You Slept in Your Clothes Last Night
Concierge
24 Years
Chandler D Obelisk/Slapstick Tragedy
Everybody Flirts (Sometimes)
Lord, Send Me an Email
Down in the Coal Hole Basement
Trapped in Hell
Bag o' Spanners
Elementary Einstein/Tube Closure   (preferred)

Social Exclusion Unit(2008)

More guitar-based than my 2007 album, and with less spoken stuff and more singing. For lyrical inspiration this time, I used lots of local London newspapers. There's even a dancehall track on here...


Nature Walk
Film School
Come Back; All Is Forgiven
Broken Family
Chappaquiddick
The Opposite Of A Bar Of Soap
They've Had 'Em For Ages In Portugal!
Visions Of Rihanna
Nature Walk 2
Chernobyl 10k   (preferred)

The Evil Escapes(2009)

I don't think I'm exaggerating by saying this is far and away the best of the three RPM albums I've made; and I had to do it in 19 days flat, to boot, as I was going to Jamaica on Feb 20. I'll classify this one as "Alternative" rather than "Electronic - Beat Driven", as there's a wider range of styles on this, and this time I've aped The Smiths and The House of Love on a couple of tracks. I desperately enjoyed doing this album, to the extent that I might retire on this one. We shall see :O)


National Geographic
SpaceCamp
If You Love This Planet
Chess Club Heaven
Anyone Who Had A Heart Attack
No, Beauregard, No (Instrumental)
Yellowstone
Italia Novanta   (preferred)
Nightstick
Twistwilly
The Evil Escapes

Baptist Youth Picnic(2011)


No tracks have been uploaded for this album yet.

2017 Album(2017)


Damage