Portland based labels Machu Picchu and M’lady’s are teaming up for two reissues from the British post-punk group Tronics. Led by Ziro Baby, the band issued records between 1979-1983 and are a musical rarity. The releases brought Tronics and Ziro Baby, then and since, great acclaim being noted in the music press as “a swamp God”, “the essence of Rock n Roll”, “arguably, a pre-cursor for English Post Punk and Indie music”and being credited for issuing the first independent cassette album in 1980 that started the cassette music boom that continues today.
Despite the fact that Tronics releases are highly sought after and loved by so many, the group remains rare, mysterious and enigmatic underground phenomena. Perhaps it was with this in mind that brought Brett Lyman, co-owner of M’lady’s Records, to remark that the recordings on this album were like finding a hidden room in the back of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
“Tronics are the holy grail of stripped down opposition-music. Yes, greatly opposed. And troubling unique in a world of quickly stolen ideas and deep-end irony look-aways. Tronics are the real deal-OG germ crashers at the mind gate.” – Mike Donovan, SIC ALPS
What’s The Hubub Bub originally appeared in 1980/1981, and was so far ahead in its approach to songwriting, performance, recording, and presentation that we’re just now catching up. Issued at the height of the British post-punk renaissance, on cassette only, it presaged the DIY underground movement by several years, and until now, has been more rumored than heard. Recorded mostly live to cassette, the album has an astonishing breadth, taking in and transmuting savage rock’n’ roll, tender ballads, tape experiments, and in the case of “The Shark Fucks”, bona fide anthems. Ziro Baby and his songs have held sway with hundreds of the underground cognoscenti for decades now, cassettes of Tronics albums being passed around like secret handshakes. It remains a singular example of true self-expression, whilst at the same time rocking harder than (fill in almost any band‘s name here). Remastered and packaged with the original sleeve, this is the first time that What’s The Hubub Bub will be on vinyl!!!
Say! What Is This? is a collection of early, previously unreleased and rare Tronics recordings from between 1978 and 1983. Over 90% of the album has never been heard by the public!!