Hammernails was inspired by the act of Crucifixion and prompted by a sudden influx of obscure and harsh "Noise" recordings from Osaka, Japan that had appeared in the early 90s, seemingly unannounced, at two of Manchester's most iconic independent record shops, Piccadilly Records & Eastern Bloc Records. These are difficult listening, bizarre and challenging releases in the extreme! They were also snapped up very quickly as they only appeared in ridiculously small print runs, often featuring hand-made covers. Artists by the names of Merzbow, Hijokaidan, Hanatarashi, Incapacitants and Solmania, all now considered legends of the original Noise scene.
The three recordings released here for the first time as Nail#1-3, capture moods and atmospheres of anarchy, boredom, confusion and aggression all underpinned by a sense of exuberance & total abandon. They mark a turning point in my thinking and attitude towards the violin and electric violin in particular. The violin does not have to be heard playing stereotypical 'fiddle-de-dee' music as much as it does not have be heard as that typically romantic & lush 'clasical' sound.
There are no developed melodies, riffs or harmonic progressions here. Just spasmodic changes of mind, deconstruction of ideas and playing quite literally at the edge of comprehension, aiming for nothing beyond intense sound and simple for the sheer love and challenge of playing to the point of total exhaustion.
Recorded live and direct to cassette in mid-1992, during three of the many impromptu events that took place at the shared house known - to those who knew what was going on, simply as "Newport Road".
Performed using an electric violin by Shetland Isles company Skyinbow and processed live with three effect pedals: a Cry Baby Wah; Russian Big Muff Distortion & Digitech Sampler/Delay.
released September 1, 1992
Ben Heaney, electric violin
Recorded at 3 Newport Road, Chorlton, Manchester (July 1992)
Digitised from the original cassette and produced at Benbecula Studio, Abingdon (September 2017) by Deltaviolin.