V.M. Live Presents J Church

V.M. Live Presents J Church 7" cover

Release Notes:

V.M. Live, 7", 1996

Band members:

Lance (guitar/vocals), Gardner (bass), Reed (drums)


Lama Temple
Fascist Radio
Foreign Films
Why I Liked Bikini Kill
No Surprise

More info:

Recorded on 14 July 1995 at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago. The sleeve is at pains to point out that this is NOT a bootleg: "[We] preserve samples of some of the great live shows that are consistently taking place in the independent music scene... when we record, our aim is to capture the energy in the room... microphones are placed in the midst of the crowd... we feel a live recording should make you feel you were there." Admirable aims, maybe, but you've all heard better bootlegs, and from well before the digital era too. The sound quality is awful. Never mind indie purism, why not take a decent-quality tape off the mixing desk instead? Only November is really listenable but it's not as good as the live version on the No-One Has A Future 7". Don't bother unless you're a completist.

Many of the 7"s in the V.M. Live series were later compiled on full-length CDs and this one is no exception. It doesn't sound any better in that format though.