Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tight Bros From Way Back When / Inside Five Minutes - split


Label: Makato
Year: 2001

In 2001 Makato Recordings did a four volume set of split 7"s with bands you may or may not have heard of, but this is number four, and it's the only one I ever owned (or heard). Originally the series of splits was supposed to be a monthly subscription type deal, but as I'm sure you can imagine, putting out records on that tight of a schedule when you're name isn't Geffen, is a royal pain in the ass. And purse. So, not surprisingly, the series folded after four.
I bought the record on the strength of the Tight Bros From Way Back When contribution. And their contribution here is an MC5'd rave up of the Edwin Starr (the guy more famous for his big hit "War" [good god y'all....what is it good for])soul song "25 Miles" that originally (supposedly?) was the first real hit for the Motown label in 1969. It's a fitting song for the band to cover since they were fully committed to aping a Detroit rock/soul sound, so, it doesn't sound too far off one of their originals, just maybe more catchy and a little less bombastically cock-rocking.
The b-side was an unknown entity to me, the (actual) Detroit band Inside Five Minutes, who proceed to wreck the place with a swaggering post-hardcore bluesy rocker that comes across as confident, yet somehow not giving a fuck. Like, this would be the band that played in front of 12 people at your local bar, completely perform as if they had sold the place out, talk shit from the stage, but blow the roof off the place with a just-holding-on barrage. Wish I could have seen them. They had a full length and ep, also on Makato, but I'm far too lazy to have ever tracked those down. Plus, I think they only exist on CD or something. So. Strike two.
Anyhow, it's a fun little curio from a different time, and maybe you'll get turned on to Inside Five Minutes the way I was.


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thuglifebaldwin said...

Inside five minutes were ex-wallside/shag van club if that helps

thuglifebaldwin said...

As far as the quarters series of splits went, the rumor was Joel (makoto head honcho) was taking pre orders for the whole series shortly after he announced them and that more than a few people paid for them and needless to say, never got the whole set and were never reimbursed…….left a bad taste in some mouths and i still see people grumbling about it from time to time on certain forums.

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