Last Days on a Scorched Earth

by Velvet Smith

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This is a live recording of our last practice together in summertime 1994, our one time to rehearse before opening for Crash Worship ADRV later that month in downtown KC. Captured live through one microphone hanging from the ceiling in our cluttered practice space. Also our first time playing with Craig on drums, and Miss PoPo showed up late, minus her violin this time. It's a document of the close of a special time that lasted a couple years or less, when creating spontaneous music was an oft used outlet for our many frustrations and exaltations. The raw nature of this recording reflects accurately our methods and states of mind at this time. Once again, there were no song "titles", as we rarely ever played anything the same more than once or twice, at best sometimes using recycled motifs if we could place them in a new context.

Unfortunately, there remains virtually no documentation of the show we played with Crash Worship ADRV, only a couple flyers. Such were the days when very few people took cameras or recording devices to underground shows, especially the potentially illegal ones. Still, this does serve to document the spirit of the time, if not the event itself. Enjoy.

Photos taken from the location of the departed Rhumba Box in downtown Kansas City.

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released June 1, 1994

Mike Czech - guitar
Jerry Smith - guitar
Jim Kaiser - bass
Miss PoPo - voice
Craig Comstock - drums

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petit mal music (label) Oakland, California

This site is to document the evolution of "band" to "label", as I had for 15 years performed and recorded solo material under the "petit mal" moniker. In 2008, a series of 3" cds was begun to release my own and related material. Since then, the relations are expanding and I've dropped the solo moniker in favor of my own name. This is now a home for unreleased live recordings, archives and 3" cds. ... more

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