Cheek By Jowl

by The Sump

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Hard Coal 04:44
Sound Lounge 03:16
Blood 4 Love 04:13
Hot Butter 04:12
Cataptr/ic 01:22


This 1992 cassette only release was the first by The Sump under that name. No-one bought it as far as I know. Retrospectively I've deemed it to be the second release (see 'Sump Kind Of A Beginning'), but that is neither here nor there.

It wasn't so much as a band at this stage, more just friends playing on a bunch of songs I wrote at the time. Ian Wadley (4 songs) was an absolute ring-in who never played with the band beyond these recordings. John Willsteed (most songs) stuck on a bit longer and played in a later line-up of The Sump. Su Crowley was also involved in the songs on 'Sump Kind Of A Beginning', but she bowed out soon after this release.

As was my want at the time, I stupidly mixed these toons down onto digital hi-fi video, which is an unforgiving medium prone to place pops and crackles all over the place. So many thanks to Greg Wadley for remastering them to a more listenable standard (putting aside the quality of the songwriting of course).

The only song on the original cassette not on this digital re-release is a remixed version of the track 'Long Gone Frozen'. The track gets a run as a bonus item on 'Sump Kind Of A Beginning', the release that contains the original version of the tune. Putting my (well worn) wanker hat on, the remix doesn't fit stylistically with the other songs on the album and should never really have gone on the cassettte in the first place.

The review of the album in the bonus items was from the 2-8 September 1992 issue of Brisbane's Rave magazine. It's a fairly accurate assessment, and it was/is particularly pleasing to know that I had a dated sound as early as 1992.

The cover illustration is by one G. Norman.



released August 8, 1992

P. Newsome (Guitars, Vox, Yamaha RX15 DM, Bass, Synth)
S.Crowley (Vox, Synth)
I. Wadley (Bass)
J.Willsteed (Guitars, Bass, Synth)


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The Sump Brisbane, Australia

A post He Dark Age project started by Paul Newsome, there was initially no band to speak of, just recordings made with friends.

However, the most recognisable line-up was a 5 piece with Wegener, Willsteed, Newsome, Cavallaro and Ridgewell
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