THE DEMI WHORES: Volume 1
By Jessie Scouller
After making themselves heard on the Auckland scene for five years, the Demi Whores at last release their debut album. Originally intended to be a live-like EP, the album was mostly recorded in one day at the Sandringham studio of Murray Fisher (Goodshirt, Voom), who engineered, mixed and mastered. It's a lo-fi affair, with prominent strummed guitar and a consistent vocal style courtesy of Edward Gains, who has released a fair swag of solo material. Gains is joined by Marcus Joyce on bass and Anthony Pompeus on drums. The 2003 bNet hit Good Angel/Bad Angel features as a bonus cut, and while its catchiness is hard to beat, there are a couple of challengers in opener Bless My Family, bFM hit Coffin Car and live favourite Purple Balloon. It's self-produced and released by the band on their own I Am Evil Records. The generally horror-themed album artwork in the distinctive styles of Gains and Joyce well matches the Demi Whores' sound. A definite grower, available from iamevilrecords.com.