A Season of Songs, day 27: The Smallest Living Thing

A Season of Songs is a type of Fun-A-Day project that I plan to do throughout this spring.  I’ll hit shuffle on the ol’ iPod and see what comes up.  I’ll then write a bit about that song, the band, the record, whatever.  Enjoy!

Most mornings these days I come downstairs and before doing anything else will discover my song for the day.  Sometimes I’ll just let the ipod keep shufflin’ from there.  This was one of those mornings.  First we had our song for the day, “The Smallest Living Thing” by Hose.Got.Cable, off their “Antidisestablishmentarianismesque” 2×7″ that came out in 1994.  That was followed up by “Ivy” by Junction and “Ancient of Days” by Floodgate — a good line-up of 1994 emo/hardcore.  Then things got flipped around and RL Burnside came up with “Bad Luck City”.  A good way to start the day.

you said that I killed your clown
& I know that it’s been around
you said you taught him to swim
but I saw you plug him in.

Hose.Got.Cable was one of those bands that is on the show you are going to see but you know nothing about.  You’re excited for all the other bands but they’re the band that really ends up flooring you.  December 1993 – travelled to Philly to see my roommates band Sinatra 65 play.  They were playing with Rainlikethesoundoftrains, Resurrection and Hose.Got.Cable.  I think we were most excited about Resurrection because they were this big straight-edge hardcore band and Rainlikethesoundoftrains were ex-Soulside and from DC.  I don’t think we knew anything about Hose.Got.Cable.

Going to see your friend’s band in another town is always fun because you get to be the kids up front who know the songs and everyone else is kinda like “whatever”.  After Sinatra 65, Hose.Got.Cable played next and had such incredible energy. They had several broken old school TV sets with them stacked amongst their amps.  Their songs definitely rode the 1994 emo-core wave but had an angry art school political vibe and harsh, angular attack that set their songs apart.  I was blown away and immediately picked up their debut 7″ that they had just put out.  3 songs that perfectly captured their live intensity. The lyric sheet in the record was made to look like a photo strip with photos of the band.  They apparently had done several versions of it as each of us who bought the record got a different set of photos.   The rest of the show was less exciting.  I remember Resurrection being incredibly underwhelming and then just being kinda confused by the funk-core of Rainlikethesoundoftrains (though I would eventually grow to love this band and love love love their self-titled album they would put out).

The next year Hose.Got.Cable would put out this double seven-inch with six tracks.  With this record you could see their songs begin to be drawn out with more landscapes of moody sound.  There was still the attack and intensity but things felt different.  I really liked these new songs.  In 1995 when their LP came out I was excited to hear it but was warned off and told it was mostly just noise.  I would heed that advice and eventually not bother to pick it up until many years later when I would find a used copy.  The band definitely headed down into noisier songs and overall I don’t think the songs aren’t as memorable as the early 7″s but it’s still a solid record.

Great band.  Killer songs, weird as fuck lyrics, simple arty layouts for all their records.  Love it.  Discogs.com claims that members went on to be part of Alabama Thunderpussy and Men’s Recovery Project.  Didn’t know that.

PS – Why didn’t I go to that Chokehold/Greyhouse show?

PPS – The Anal Poptarts??


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