1978 Aussie punk/powerpop, pre Little Murders
41 years ago Rob Griffiths and Rob Wellington formed a band. The Fiction were one of the first punk bands in Melbourne and played the small but exciting scene that included legendary bands like the Boys Next Door, La Femme and the Negatives. They played the Ballroom as it was beginning to become the focus of the St. Kilda alternative set. They ventured out to Croydon and Daylesford.
Then they broke up leaving behind demo cassettes, tapes and a single ‘Things Will be Different/Take Me I’m Yours’ which was released under the name Little Murders. 41 years after the fact Off the Hip released a live rehearsal tape. Rough and ready and full of energy. The band started playing again joined by Adam Learner from Blue Ruin and firstly Mick Baty on drums and then Al Murphy. They enjoyed it so much that they wrote a bunch of new songs and went into the studio and recorded a brand new album. This time with bass guitar.
RAMONA takes over where we left them in 1978. Short, energised pop punk songs that go straight to the heart and feet. The album just bounces from one mini classic to another. Plus, they record two songs from 1978. I Know and Boytown (with completely different verses). Then they lead the way to the future with the powerhouse Sweetness Brings The Light or the post punk guitars of My Ramona.
41 years after the fact the two Robs have lost none of their feel for pop edged punk music. Listen to it. It’s a joy!