SecondEdition wrote:God, what a fucking bizarre band. They probably could have gotten a little more recognition in New York around the time No Wave was happening, because they were pretty much a no wave band.
So, so weird. The one about the subway is about five different species of ravenously insane.
Who knows, though: Circle X, possibly the best no wave band to have ever existed, possibly better than even DNA and the Contortions, didn't get mentioned once in that Moore/Coley photobook, and they even got to New York at the tail end of No Wave.
I don't think End Result started until 1980 or so, by which time no wave had, for all intents and purposes, expired. (Someone please get that memo to Soul Jazz Records, UK.) I think they were more active when the hardcore scene was revving up. Plus they were really young. Their music always struck me as a little goofier and less arty/detached than no wave, although there are certainly some similarities. They were probably a little less self-conscious, and maybe a little less "cool." End Result was very much its own thing.
Circle X came to the city from Kentucky. Those guys were socially quite outside of the various no-wave cliques, even though their music was fairly similar to and influenced by those bands. But they were also a good deal more "rock" in their approach. Circle X had MUCH bigger amps. And they spent a good hunk of 1979 in France. They were in NYC from autumn '78 through summer '79, during which time they were still figuring out their sound. Although I know that they gigged w/a number of those no-wave bands, even though they didn't really fraternize much w/them. By the time they returned from France, in the middle of 1980, no wave was done. Byron and Thurston probably weren't all that aware of Circle X, since they didn't really fit into the social strata of the time. But I agree: the Circle X EP and maybe the Mars EP are my favorite no-wave records.