Regardless of all the craziness that is at the moment in charge of the world, it is good to know that there are nonetheless alternatives to take cost of issues. Typically we are able to even attain again into our previous and end the unfinished.
From 1985 to 1990, the New Wave band Primary Parts performed phases throughout higher Phoenix, opening for bands like The Bolshoi, Gene Loves Jezebel, and even early incarnations of Gin Blossoms. In these days, the band members had been highschool college students from the Paradise Valley space, and sometimes, they had been politely requested to depart the gigs they’d simply performed.
“We had been enjoying in bars with grown-ass adults and alcohol. We had been 15, 16, 17 years previous,” says Jonathan Goldman, who performs synthesizer within the band. “We might be enjoying the [Mason] Jar and [owner] Franco [Gagliano] would come and say, ‘You guys gotta go now. We’re going to lose our liquor license.’ So, we’d go get excessive within the again.”
Thirty-five years after their debut, Primary Parts will launch “Conceal,” the primary of 5 unique songs they’ve just lately recorded with producer Ed Buller (Psychedelic Furs/Pulp), on Friday, October 2. Along with Goldman, bassist William Preston Bowling, guitarist David Youseffi, vocalist John Denis, and drummer Matt Barton reunited to document the songs in Los Angeles, the place Bowling and Goldman now dwell.
The songs had been all a part of the Primary Parts (or to those that could not have been the most important followers again within the day, Spastic Elephants) repertoire through the band’s five-year lifespan.
Goldman and Bowling lived inside strolling distance of one another as youngsters and fashioned the band as they had been getting out of their Dungeons & Dragons section, in line with Goldman.
“I feel it began when MTV got here round. My neighborhood was the primary to get cable. We lived in Paradise Valley and never each home would get cable, so Jon would come over to my home and watch MTV,” says Bowling, who now lives within the Topanga Canyon space of Los Angeles.
One of many first songs to seize the boys’ consideration was “Hungry Just like the Wolf” by Duran Duran, which was in heavy rotation within the early days of MTV.
“We began watching Duran Duran (on MTV) when ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ got here out and it was like James Bond meets New Wave. Our minds exploded,” says Goldman earlier than Bowling added, “It had all the pieces we had been into.”
The “Hungry Just like the Wolf” video exhibits Duran Duran at varied websites in Sri Lanka, with heavy nods to the movies Raiders Of The Misplaced Ark and Apocalypse Now, which had been favorites of the band. Throughout our dialog, the band additionally discuss early influences like Thompson Twins, U2, Easy Minds, and Psychedelic Furs, each musically and when it comes to style.
“We had been going to the ‘gear for guys’ part at Judy’s in Paradise Valley Mall, and sporting our mother’s shoulder pads and eyeliner, asking the ladies at London Fog how you can do our hair just like the Thompson Twins, and in 1984, that meant getting our asses kicked. The lightbulb sort of went off when Invoice and I noticed Revenge of the Nerds. We had been like, ‘Yeah, we must always begin a band. That’s how we received’t get our asses kicked.’ It was a survival mechanism,” remembers Goldman.
Primary Parts makes an look throughout lunchtime at Horizon Excessive Faculty in 1985.
Because it occurs, “Conceal” was the primary unique track the band performed at their very first gig on the Shadow Mountain Excessive Faculty expertise present in 1985.
“We performed ‘New 12 months’s Day’ [by U2] to get everybody’s consideration, and the second track … was ‘Conceal.’ We had been into Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes,’ — the Reagan versus Gorbachev — and ‘Conceal’ was a ‘disguise out of your leaders track,’ however it additionally had undertones of hiding from the norm,” Bowling explains.
Denis, a singer and sculptor, shares a narrative of enjoying at his alma mater, Horizon Excessive Faculty in Scottsdale, and narrowly escaping the flying fists of nonplussed lunchtime concert-goers who chased the band to their car after their set. Nonetheless, he has fond reminiscences of the band’s preliminary run, particularly the track “Conceal.”
Whether or not you will be listening to “Conceal” for the primary time on October 2, or for the primary time in a very long time, you are in for a deal with. Recorded expertly by Buller, it would not sound dated in any respect. Followers of Easy Minds will certainly dig it; it has an identical really feel to that band’s work on their New Gold Dream document, however it additionally has an authenticity that present bands impressed by ’80s New Wave can solely try for in the present day.
“We had been extremely influenced by the punk and New Wave factor that was occurring in an period when there was not loads of these issues occurring. It was enjoyable. Writing that track (“Conceal”) was sort of a guttural response to what was occurring there. It was about individuality and breaking floor into a brand new tradition. It felt like one thing was constructing,” says Denis.
In November 2019, Primary Parts performed their first reunion present on the Mint in Los Angeles; a big contingent of Phoenicians had been within the viewers. They wish to play Phoenix in 2021, and if Denis has his approach, they’re going to do a present at Arcosanti as effectively. (They had been hoping to play at The Insurgent Lounge earlier this yr, however the pandemic put a cease to these plans.)
The timeliness of “Conceal” right here in 2020 can be one thing that doesn’t escape the band.
“It’s like one thing I’ve been engaged on my complete life,” says Bowling.
“We simply wish to share it. If individuals connect with it, we’ll take it wherever it goes. [“Hide”] was our battle track, and it looks like that is our time to battle,” says Goldman.