Being a punk rocker of the late 80s who listened to the Smiths and the Cure I had no problems being swept away by the sounds of shoegaze and dreampop that the 90s ushered in. I first heard the song Upstairs on a mixtape that also included Bratmobile covering the Runaways Cherrybomb. The internet changed everything of course and next thing I am searching out the Swirlies wondering what ever became of the osbcure little group only to find Damon running a site called the Richmond County Archives. Turns out there was an opening for a band to be part of a compilation that only covered the rare tune Do The Ostrich by Lou Reed’s band the Primitives (not to be confused with the band that sang Crash). I had just bought a Italian made Vox for cheap and an analog delay pedal like my friend Coley Dennis had in his room in Athens. The band I was in at the time ( if you could call it that; just two guys and whatever drummer showed up to record in the basement ) did our weird noisey version which included a child’s rainbow xylophone ran through the Memory Man and our 16 year old drummer Matt playing on pots and pans along with the traditional rock kit. So we were lucky enough to make it on as track 9 on the various artists compilation. Matt went to jail for attempting to steal an old lady’s purse and the band broke up due to artistic differences soon after.