When I dug these demos out I couldn’t believe my ears. I liked them a lot more than I remembered. These were the last tracks written for Janus Stark during tough times when we’d split from earache and were shopping for a new label. Near Extinction came in 2000, Back To Live came in 2002 and during that final session we were looking for a new band name and planning our final tour. Sucksession, Built in Defence Mechanism and Empty Chair are really enjoyable and quite trippy. Near Extinction, Chez Wrong, Paralysed, Suck On These Words and Back To Live are verging on being epics. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have rediscovering and compiling them.
We were finding our sound and style when we were recording these demo’s.
The song “Clique” was the first written and recorded ,closely followed by “Black Box”. Songs like “Barriers” and “Wedding Bells” were older, with the former turning into a crowd favourite and the latter being dropped. There are a couple of songs that have some Prodigy influences with dance influenced rhythms and extreme sound effects on the guitar. These were dropped when we realised that they were pulling away from what we were going for. Hearing them now though, they make a very interesting listen. The version of Every Little Thing has an extra verse, Floyd with it’s weird trippy ending and Stop Gap is a better version than the one officially released . Actually the version of Clique is arguably better than the album version.
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