Germ House and Far Corners are Justin Hubbard’s bands. Hubbard was in Turpentine Brothers with his ex-wife Tara McManus (Mr. Airplane Man). Tara also has been the drummer in both Far Corners and Germ House at times, and she’s on some of these Far Corners tracks. The latest incarnation of Far Corners (also appearing on this tape) features Dave Dougan on bass, and Joe Corluka on drums. They are currently Rhode Island bands, by way of Boston and a stint in New Mexico.
I love Germ House and have comped the heck out of them over the last couple of years on my label Girlsville. They really classed up my compilations. They also put out a brilliant LP on Trouble in Mind. The sound sits somewhere between post punk and jangle pop. Austere and melodic pop juxtaposed with discordant noisy bits, and all recorded with that requisite analog tape grit. This would not be out of place in the Scottish post punk scene of the early 1980’s, or perhaps like something on New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records. These particular tracks were recorded on either 4 track cassette, or Otari 8 track reel to reel to 1/2″ tape. Peep the straight up 1970’s AOR guitar lead towards the end of “Crawlspace” it’s a big payoff to the hypnotic and plodding lo fi jangle that leads up to it.
Far Corners is similar to Germ House, but a bit more unhinged and really makes a proper racket at times. The angularity and noise is dialed up, and the vocal is often sing-shouted and the guitar sound more jagged. It’s brilliant stuff. They have several records out on various imprints, San Diego’s Volar Records being one.
Germ House/Far Corners split cassette is coming out on Fuzzy Warbles Cassettes on June 9th. Fuzzy Warbles is run by Ben Mancell (ex-Imaginary Icons , currently in Famous Logs). Germ House, Famous Logs, and Lame Drivers will be appearing together at the cassette release show in Brooklyn at Diviera Drive.