Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Anno Domini: 'more than interesting"

Led by David 'Tiger' Taylor (formerly of Belfast psych-poppers Eire Apparent), this short-lived folk-rock trio were one of many decent bands signed by Decca at the start of the 70s, but doomed to commercial failure. This interview appeared in Melody Maker on January 23rd 1971:

Their sole 45 was issued in Ireland, France and Germany, but not in the UK. Here are a couple of picture sleeves:
Though Melody Maker had reported that On This New Day would be out in February, it didn't appear until May:

The press was not kind. ‘Apart from covering So You Wanna Be A Rock N Roll Star (and not very well) they tend to fall into the trap of sounding insipid,' blasted Melody Maker on the 29th. 'Two tracks, Badlands Of Ardgurth and Hitchcock Railway, give a hint of what they are capable of, but in all it’s a bad pick of material, not very well produced and shoddily put out in the usual chip-paper Deram sleeve. Shame.’ Sounds were unmoved too, commenting on August 21st that ‘Anno Domini show their roots pretty clearly, and though they do most of their things well, the album doesn’t exactly have what you might call a startlingly original creative standpoint. Still, it is a first album. Maybe by their third...’

Of course, no second album appeared, let alone a third. The band soon split, and Taylor went on to join The Freshmen, one of Ireland's most popular showbands.

1 comment:

  1. Actually a second album, with different musicians (see Jonesy) was recorded or at leasr demoed. If David Mercer was still around...