Wild Honey Records is proud to present a new series of releases, following the career of rock’n’roll icon Deniz Tek post Radio Birdman.
With this collection, we will reissue (sometimes for the first time on vinyl!) all his solo and band material post ’78, with new material, liner notes, graphics and bonus tracks.
We begin with the long-awaited reissue on vinyl of the legendary Visitors LP
In 1978 when Deniz Tek and Rob Younger returned via the USA to Australia,
Radio Birdman had taken heavy losses on the British tour.
While the two founding members had fully expected to reconstitute the band in Australia, the
damage was too great to repair.
That’s when Deniz Tek and original Birdman keyboardist Pip Hoyle relocated to Newcastle to finish their medical internships. After about 6 months they began to collaborate with Mark Sisto, the old Radio Birdman sidekick and bodyguard who had remained loyal even after being ejected from the British tour a year earlier.
From 1978 to 1979 The Visitors were Deniz Tek on guitar, Mark Sisto on vocals, Ron Keeley on drums, Pip Hoyle on keyboards and Steve Harris on bass.
Their style was a dark mixture. The band being 3/5ths Birdman, including the chief songwriter, was essentially what the next phase of Radio Birdman would have been, had that band continued on. At the same time, the sound of the band was more like the early Birdman days with the single guitar and keyboard format.
The music was hard and heavy, while maintaining a melodic sense unusual in those immediate post-punk days.
The Visitors recorded a session's worth of demos at the 8-track Palm Studio in Sydney, essentially playing their entire set live in the studio direct to tape. From this source tape, recorded in one day with minimal overdubs, came a 12 in vinyl ep, a full length LP, now impossible to find.
Now it’s finally time for much needed reissue, complete with the bonus track “Skimp the Pimp”.
released April 23, 2018
Ron Keeley, drums
Deniz Tek, guitar
Pip Hoyle, keyboards
Mark Sisto, vocals
Steve Harris, bass
Everything Deniz Tek
except Journey by Sledge (D.Tek/M.Sisto)
Euro Girls (M.Sisto/P.Hoyle)
Skimp the Pimp (D.Tek/C.Jones)
Recorded live to 8-track at The Palms, Sydney, 1979
Engineer: Alistair McFarland
Vocal overdubs at Trafalgar Studios, including backing vocals by Angie Pepper
Engineer: Charles Fisher
Produced by Deniz Tek and Charles Fisher
Remix by Deniz Tek at EMI 301, Alan Thorne engineer, (except Disperse, mix by Rob Younger)
Deniz Tek is a guitarist, singer/songwriter and record producer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. His career in music, grounded in
late-60's Detroit rock, extends through several decades and across continents. He is
best known as a founding member of the influential and groundbreaking Australian band Radio Birdman.. Please visit www.deniztek.com...more