single // Last Blood / Deepness Split 7"
This split 7” between Rancho Diablo
and Rosa Mota was released, and only available,
on Thursday 15 December 1994. I can't find any evidence to confirm
or deny this, but I think this was only available at a Thirteenth
Hour Recordings showcase concert, probably at some dirty,
dark venue in London. Probably The Garage. (I also have a Foil
gig-only CD promo of demos somewhere in my loft, so that could well
be true.) Or maybe it was a mail-order or record store only promo.
A Google search, given the two band names, simply produces a load
of Spanish or Mexican sites, usually about births and deaths. The
release combines two tracks from both bands' forthcoming debut albums
– Chicken World by Rancho Diablo and Wishful
Sinking by Rosa Mota – both of which were released by
Thirteenth Hour in 1995. I've seen this 7” selling for a ridiculous
$40 on some sites, but I bought mine second-hand a few weeks ago
for £2. Go figure.
I first came across Chicken World in a
second-hand shop in Colchester, and I probably haven't listened
to it for about ten years. I remember leaving my first listen to
the album absolutely slack-jawed and totally blown away by the sheer
ferocity of the thing. 'Last Blood' is full of insanely frantic
drumming, howling guitars, industrial synths and distorted, unpleasant
vocals. Listening to this today, I found my heart racing at this
track, which could be a sped-up take on 'Head Like A Hole' by Nine
Inch Nails if Trent Reznor had more of
a sense of (admittedly dark) humour.
The contrast with the pastoral 'Deepness', which
consists of polite banjo, gentle strings and subtle drumming, leading
to a grungey middle eight. There's also some sweetly unified vocals
from Ian Bishop and Julie Rumsey (something I didn't find on their
second album Bionic). Really rather lovely, actually.
A. Rancho Diablo 'Last Blood'
B. Rosa Mota 'Deepness'
Note: the label information swaps round the