Dadamah - This Is Not A Dream
Majora Records - LP - 1993
One of my favorite records of the early 90s. I discovered it just for the fact that it was on Majora Records. An amazing Seattle label that release many of the best Sun City Girls releases as well as works by Total, Eddy Detroit, Crawlspace, Ramleh, and Leslie Q.
"Like every group in New Zealand, the members of Dadamah had links to a number of other bands; drummer Peter Stapleton played in The Terminals, Vacuum and The Victor Dimisich Band guitarist Roy Montgomery played in The Pin Group (whose single was the first ever release on the Flying Nun label). Singer Kim Pieters and organ/synth player Janine Stagg were, apparently, the only two people in New Zealand who had never been in a band.
Dadamah only played out three times, devoting the majority of their efforts to recording on four track. At the time the group was active, the underground experimentation of the Xpressway label garnered a number of fans outside the two islands and a Dadamah track ended up on a compilation seven inch Drag City released in 1991 called I Hear The Devil Calling Me.
Jay Hinman noted Dadamah's solitary place in the NZ underground in his Superdope fanzine:
"Dead C. might blare and scrape, the Terminals might twist and wind, but Dadamah positively shimmer with beautifully earthy lo-fi Velvets/Ubu sound. "
Limited edition singles on the Seattle-based Majora label followed, earning Dadamah praise as "one of the most overwhelmingly great exponents of layer-shifting drone-on master-rock" in the Forced Exposure catalog. Roy Montgomery's droning guitars were offset by Janine Stagg's stabbing organ and gurgling moog synths, with Kim Pieter's vocals weaving through the mix."
"The Dadamah album I look back upon as an exercise in weaving tunes into cacophony. The other members of the band had the energy and enthusiasm for experimentation and I had the "hooks", to put it crudely. I thought the common ground for us in Dadamah was that terrain occupied by Pere Ubu and the Red Crayola in their debut records, so I think I had that always at the back of my mind in trying write tunes to go with the words and ideas of the other members."