A good album for fans of the band. Try Weird Decibels 1, Whapper Stormer or One More Solo if you are new to Weird Decibels
Firkin Outburst a brief history of the awkward 2nd album as told by Pabs lead vocalist
Whapper Stormer was Weird's newborn. A début album that filled us with pride and delight cradled in our arms, we were proud creators of this bundle of joy. Firkin Outburt was to be the difficult Two's, sometimes wonderful, sometimes driving you to tears.
Written amid a haze of alcohol and 'Big World' disappointment in 1997-1998 Firkin Outburst is a short nine track album rescued from the ashes of many throwaway ideas.
We had received huge feedback from Whapper, sending demo's left right and centre. One letter dropped trough the letter box from a PR company called Big World Music who promised to link our 'shit hot music' to the people that matter in the music industry. For a fee up front and a meeting in London we would be placed in the hub of the record community. Four starry eyed musicians parted with the cash and it seems, the dream. We never heard from them again.
So weekly Wednesday rehearsal's lost their punch, we were wounded. We soldiered on, the local interest was still there and we wrote many many songs. We drank so much those days, I had a favourite beer glass I would take down to the room. We would write numerous songs only to forget them the next week. Nine survived and we eventually put them to record.
Culture Creature and Summerhigh are two highlights. We recorded them at Split level, the same studio where two years previous we had cut The Rain Vancouver and Chameleon, Neil didn't seem as interested this time the sound is thinner, less unfinished than the tracks that appear on Whapper. A third track, Today Was Insane was recorded and appears on our Official Bootleg 1 compilation. This was an example of some of the decisions we were making at this time.
As with Whapper Stormer we finished this album some ten years after we had stared it. We used our 8 track and 24 track recorders to complete the sessions
There is some cracking stuff here, aforementioned Culture Creature, about a young boy who had succumbed to drug use and Summerhigh, my recollection of the prefect summer day, are good. Lyrically Dirty Stream is my favourite, quenching thirst from a dirty stream, my attempt at a love song. Bought a Gun, Its been a While, All Good Things and Today Saw the End (with Stu's brilliant solo) are fun. Hell Never Felt so Good stands, for me, one of the worst songs we have put to record.
Firkin Outburst was to be the beginning of the end of the first era of Weird (Stu would briefly quit after album number three, more on that later). Its generally a fun album, the sound of a band just trying to hold it together.
released January 2, 1998
Paul Henry Smith Vocals Guitar
W Stewart McCairnery guitars
Greg McSorley Bass
Derek Menmuir Drums
Summerhigh and Culture Creature recorded by Neil at Split level, everything else by Pablo 77 and Weird Decibels
Weird Decibels; have somehow stuck together for 20 years and have just recorded their 8th album. They are from Falkirk; a
town famous for a wheel and big horse heads. It once had a music scene but that's gone so they head to Glasgow and share their brand of rock.
Pabs Vocals Stu Guitars Greg Bass Derek Drums
Somehow after all these years they are still friends...more