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Fishbones And Wishbones

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Pelican Daughters were founded by Justin Brandis and Andy Rantzen in 1984. Using a variety of instruments, found objects & DIY tape loops, the pair released a succession of cassette-only releases into Sydney music stores. Over the course of several releases and live performances, including two cassette releases on CCP, the duo were joined over the years by occasional members Ben Fontaine, Andrew Holmes, James Fergus, Bryce Cannon and Anthony Maher (aka dub producer Sheriff Lindo). The group also recorded with Miriam Williamson of Wrong Kind Of Stone Age, a collaboration that eventually blended some Pelican Daughters tracks into the early work of long-running Australian techno act Itch-E & Scratch-E (Paul Mac and Andy Rantzen), most notably on the track "Sweetness And Light," now considered an early rave classic. A chance connection led to Fishbones & Wishbones (essentially a "best-of" from the cassette years) and Bliss being released by Kim Cascone's San Francisco label, Silent Records. One further album, Darkness Before Light, remained unreleased until 2009, when it was picked up by Sydney label 4-4-2 Music for release. Fishbones & Wishbones was recorded on Portastudio between 1984-1988 in Sydney, Australia by Andy Rantzen, Justin Brandis, Bryce Cannon and Andrew Holmes. Versions of this album have been previously released on tape by Cosmic Conspiracy Productions (1988) and on CD by Silent Records (1991), but this is the first time the material has been available on vinyl. The sound of Fishbones & Wishbones draws lines between the jagged edges of the post-punk movement and into the more introspective sounds that would go on to typify so much electronic music of the early '90s. Vinyl cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.