Spacecase Records is pleased to release Sac Tap Nut Jam—the first new Axemen
full length in twenty-one years.
from Christchurch, New Zealand, The Axemen formed in 1983. Shortly afterwards
the band solidified around the core of Steve McCabe, Stu Kawowski and Bob
Brannigan. (More than two dozen musicians have played in the Axemen, notably
Johnny Segovia, George D. Henderson, Mick Elborado and Peter Gutteridge). Initial
Axemen releases came out on Steve McCabe's cassette label, Sleek Bott. The
Axemen signed to Flying Nun in the mid '80s, releasing the label's first double
album, Three Virgins (1986). Like The
Swell Maps, The Axemen sound is hard to define—Three Virgins runs the gamut, from country to punk to avant-garde.
The Axemen released their second Flying Nun record Derry Legend in 1987. The band put out further cassettes on Sleek
Bott, notably Scary (Part III) and Three Rooms (An Elton John
Tribute Album), before going on hiatus in the early '90s.
2009, The Axemen caught their second wind thanks to Tom Lax at Siltbreeze who
reissued the band's cassette-only releases Big
Cheap Motel and Scary (Part III).
The Axemen toured the United States with Times New Viking the same year. In
2011 The Axemen visited Australia and put out a tour 7"— a label split
between McCabe's Sleek Bott and the late Brendon Annesley's Negative Guest List
Records. Siltbreeze came through again that year, reissuing Three Virgins on vinyl (original
pressings were going for well over fifty dollars).
Sac Tap Nut Jam finds Steve McCabe and
Stu Kawowski reuniting with Dragan Stojanovic (who played on 1987's Derry Legend); rounding out the lineup is William Daymond. Recorded in early
2013 in Wellington and Taita, Lower Hutt, Sac Tap Nut Jam—like
all Axemen releases—defies easy categorization. There's The Beatles/Dylan pop
of Stojanovic's "These Days"; McCabe's post punk-influenced
"Doctor's on Speed Dial"; Steve McCabe's inimitable voice and
stream-of-consciousness lyric writing comes to the forefront on "Google
500 vinyl copies of Sac
Tap Nut Jam were pressed up—400 on black, 100 on gold. The Axemen are
currently planning a tour of New Zealand in support of Sac Tap Nut Jam.
Sac Tap Nut Jam is the sixth release
from Camarillo, California-based Spacecase Records.