Spring is rapidly turning to summer out here, with the usual days of heat interrupted today by persistent rain, and our thoughts turn inevitably to those bands whose unenviable legacy to the Peel Show was one session that was broadcast and then quietly confined to the Maida Vale archives. Terrashima laid down four blistering, noisy tracks on the 3 December 2002, apparently getting JP’s approving nod: he called it ‘rousing vulgarity of the kind we crave on this programme’.
They were formed in Derby at the turn of the twenty-first century: Mark Ibbetson (vocals); Ryan DelGaudio (guitar); Mike Cross (bass); and Dan Montague (drums), replacing original drummer Andy, had already had a single out on Blast First called ‘Losing My Grip’. Thrashy punk revivalists to be sure, but this has so much panache and fire that it deserves a wider audience. They evidently had a strong following on their home turf, but were unable for whatever reason to translate this into commercial success. No album followed, and Mark split with the band, who apparently continued as a three-piece, sharing lead vocals, and then resurfaced as The Swarm (for more info read here). This video uses one of the tracks they recorded for the session as a backdrop to a scene from a classic Korean film called ‘Oldboy’, which I have yet to see but is apparently Kafka with a modern slant.
The session was never repeated by Peel, but luckily some kind soul recorded the show, and all the tracks were ripped in pristine quality by my good self for your listening pleasure. The Swarm have now split up, but are apparently having another go as Wander Phantom. Many thanks to Rob for the extra information provided above: he relates that he wanted to release their first single through Artists Against Success, but this never happened. (N.B. If some of what I have written seems familiar to Peel Wiki regulars, it’s because I wrote that page on the band too.)
Terrashima, Peel Session 2002-11-07
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