Primitive (from the archives)

by Alternative Communication

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    This is a piece of our history.. 30 years ago, to be more precise. When we were a 3-piece, called Alternative Communication. It is rather different from where we're at nowadays, musically, but our roots are firmly in there. Young guns, with exciting new ideas!

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Our first band, formed in Freshers' Week, 1980, at Edinburgh University, was a 5 piece, called Alternative Communication. Members whittled down to just a 3 piece by 1984. Janette Kidd (then White) on bass and vocals, David Reid on guitars, keyboards and vocals and Brian Kidd on guitars and drum machine. (However this album has no keyboards - the textures are all guitars)
We recorded this album at David Reid's parents' house in Dalkeith, on a Fostex X-15 4-track cassette player. Ex-band member, Rob Holden was the engineer. The master languished in a box for about 30 years, before Brian decided to remaster it digitially last year.
This is a little piece of history, from our musical evolution, and quite different from current Not for Pussies material. The experimental, progressive-influenced, at times crazy, music was down to the synergy between the three of us. Traditional band roles went out of the window and we wove something strange, with the various instruments taking the lead at different times. The drum programming (Brian Kidd) on a Roland Drumatix TX-606, was complex (for the limited sounds and memory) but exciting for us back then, having given up on flesh and blood drummers and the limitations of Brian's toes twiddling knobs on a Dr Rhythm.
All of the pieces were recorded "live" and the recording retains some of the excitement and flying by the seat of our pants that we experienced when playing this stuff.
There are no keyboards or synths on this recording.. "Primitive" meant stripped down to guitars, bass, drums and voice.


released January 11, 2015

David Reid - Guitars
Brian Kidd - Guitars, Drum programming
Janette White (Kidd) - Bass, vocals




Not for Pussies Perth, UK

Not for Pussies came into being in 2008, although Brian and Janette Kidd have been together - and playing music together (and with others) for much, much longer.
We felt we're into an era in our lives where Bette Davis' quote about getting older (it's "not for pussies") felt very apt - and our music reflects this - and the experience of having lived a little! Our music is pretty eclectic ...
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Track Name: Half in Love
Half in Love

Softly his wings brush over your face
The opium veil descends
Clinging to curtains, laden with night

Half in love with easeful death
His embrace ... Adieu

Sharp realisation casts doubt in your mind
Willing defeat is surrender
Grasping your soul in the shattering light
Future tense muscles won't give up the fight
Crazed inspiration of death's blinding sight
Watching the pinnacle change to a funeral pyre

Ebbing away from moribund limbs
Heaven and hell are one
Retraction into oblivion....