1984 HYDRA

updated : 11/2/21

1984

HYDRA

Lead guitar GROTCH
Vocals MARTIN
Bass SCIT
Drums RUSSELL ALLCOCK

FRAZER:

HYDRA’ we’d basically chosen because it was mentioned in “Seven Gates Of Hell” [VENOM]

ADAM:
I was the musician. I was the kid that sat in his bedroom all the time.
I wrote all the songs and we did what we did.

Scit [Frazer] couldn’t play bass to save his life really but he had a bass and gradually we got better and better…

 

REHEARSAL SUMMER 1984

ADAM:

Recorded at a rehearsal in Russell Allcock’s living room while his mum was out

(Summer 1984 after we’d all left school, except for Martin who went on to 6th form).

1. Bleed For The Hydra 5:16

(Music & Lyrics Firman)

2. Sleep Disturbance Pt 1 4:59

(Music & Lyrics Firman)

3. Sleep Disturbance Pt 2 3:23

(Music & Lyrics Firman)

4. Crawling Over Me 4:13

(Music & Lyrics Firman)

5. Countess Bathory 4:07

(Music & Lyrics VENOM)

6. Trying to Be Artificial 8:28

(Music & Lyrics Firman)

7. Prince Of Heaven 5:44

(Music & Lyrics Firman)

8. jam – not used 3:17

PERFORMED AS SETLIST BY WAY OF REHEARSAL FOR FIRST SHOW

ADAM:

I do recall we were booked to play a support slot to a punk band at the Foresters Inn in Nottingham but Russ really didn’t fancy it, which I believe led us to thinking he wasn’t right for the job and we got rid.

RUSSELL replaced by MARK DALEY on drums

ADAM:
Mark Daley – I can’t remember how we got hold of Mark, but as I’ve said the drummer was a guy called Russ, but Russ was .. he wasn’t particularly liked .. he was a little bit strange (laughs) so we all sacked him off, bless him, and I’ve not seen him since. And then Mark – I don’t know how they got hold of Mark – but Mark came along. An absolutely lovely bloke, still to this day. Problem was he had a fantastic kit that he couldn’t really play very well (laughs) and I think he admitted that himself. He was never going to last in Sabbat, hence Simon Negus comes along and there you go…

FRAZER:
Mark was recruited primarily because he had a jet black kit with two bass drums, not to mention a car to run it round in…

OCTOBER 1984 FIRST GIG REDHILL SCHOOL, ARNOLD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

FRAZER:
“Before Mark joined the band, we did do one gig at our school disco. We were on the main stage, and we got a 1K PA brought in; we sort of knew what we were doing, because we were all stage crew, but none of us really knew what it would be like. There were probably only three of four metalheads there, all the other kids were just trendy Eighties kids, and we did a full show – it was so loud, it was ridiculous, the whole school was reverberating. Over the years I’ve spoken to kids who were younger and couldn’t get in, who were looking through the windows in awe at this madness going on inside, haha! Martin was handing out bottles of wine to the kids, and we didn’t have any fake blood, so we’d got this food dye from the kitchens, which actually turned out to be quite permanent on everybody – and we got banned.”

MARTIN:

One of the very first gigs we did was a sixth form show at Redhill,
It was incredible. We had 40 pyro pots, lasers and a big PA rig! I don’t know how we got away with it.
Amazingly, the school survived. But nobody could do that today – Health and Safety regulations wouldn’t allow it!
I got in trouble for passing a bottle of whiskey to the first row of the crowd.

ADAM:
Yes, we nearly blew a hole in the stage. Me and Frazer saw Venom do it at the 7th Date Of Hell in June 84 at Hammersmith and decided we must do the same.

ADAM:
As the first Hydra show was at Redhill School, Arnold, Notts late 1984, I’m certain by Summer 1984 we’d recruited Mark Daley, with weekly rehearsals at a local church hall. I wrote at least a song a week in my bedroom plugged in and with pen and paper to scribble down lyrics, then took my ideas to the rehearsals.

MARTIN:

Here’s a funny story – with Hydra, the first band, we rehearsed within a church around the corner from where I live now. It was a kind of Christian church, and one of the guys in the band knew the priest of the church, and he asked, “Can my band rehearse there?” I’m very thankful that the priest from the church never listened to what we did! (everybody laughs) We had black metal lyrics at that time, they were all about Satan and everything. If he’d heard us one time, we wouldn’t have had a rehearsal room, we would have been kicked out straight away!

FRAZER:
“We started rehearsing at the church hall every Sunday afternoon. It was brilliant, £3.50 for the afternoon… although now and again they would come in and politely ask us if we could turn it down a bit, because we were disturbing the Mass… which was an awesome thing to be told as a black metal band – that we were disturbing the Catholic Mass! Fair play to them, they really helped us out, and they used to let all our friends come in and hang around, which got everyone off the streets all afternoon. It was a win/win situation…unless you were trying to take Mass.”

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SONS OF THE HYDRA