For those of us in the States, anyone’s knowledge of Melbourne Australia’s Earthmen probably began and ended with their first LP, 1993’s Teen Sensations. Signed to Seed Records (a boutique division of Atlantic Records masquerading as an indie) in the western hemisphere, and the much hipper Summershine down under, the Earthmen doled out gnarly, feedback-addled guitar hysterics on this ep’s title-track, that would do J Mascis proud. The decidedly strummier “Too Far Down” is mellower fare for sure, but this quartet dip back into their bag of dizzying distortion tactics on the closing “Stacey’s Cupboard,” which in case you were wondering also made it onto a single. I was never what you would call a fanboy of these chaps, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the hell out of their records when I got the notion to pull them out. You can school yourself further on the Earthmen from the links offered above as well as a more exhaustive bio here.
02. Too Far Down
04. Stacey’s Cupboard
Articles Origin: The Earthmen – Flyby ep (1993, Summershine)