was one of the most influential industrial bands to ever come out of the United States.
Hailing from Port Huron in 1982
the early collaborations between
Lon C Diehl and Richard Skott
will forever be remembered
as Michigan’s answer to Throbbing Gristle.
The side long track on side A
is called Unearthed.
It is the closest to an all noise masterpiece
as you will find!
It clocks in at nearly 30 minutes and is one long strange journey into the world of Hunting Lodge.
It’s amazing that this has been hidden
for so long.
Maybe on purpose who knows.
It is truly a beastly recording.
Below are some notes on the recordings by Skott and Knox Mitchell:
"For 35 years, UNEARTHED was a TDK AD-X 60-minute cassette tape buried in my archives. The cover was labeled ‘Korg solo stuff '82 – '83' in my handwriting. Side A of the tape itself read 'Skott Rushe Solo w/ L.C.Diehl producing Dolby "no" in Lon’s handwriting. This shows how early it was in our friendship - he didn't know how to spell my last name and to be honest, I don't think I knew how to spell Diehl."
"My memories of those days are hazy but I'm certain this was recorded in Lon's first apartment in Port Huron. The same place where the foundation of 'Sounds Like A Picture' was recorded as well as 'Banishing Dirge'. The same place where Lon called me late one night to say he had the new 'Despair' video from SPK and I immediately rushed over with BK Whoppers and 40's. It was also the crash pad after countless pitchers of beer at Roche Bar honing our world domination plans."
"The 'Son of Will' side is previously unreleased and rare material recorded in 1983 during the sessions that produced the Will album. This tape marks the return of S/M Operations, 30+ years after dissolution. The first four tracks were found on a tape of Will tracks in progress. Nil Illigitimus Carborundum roughly translates to "don't let the bastards get you down'. The version on the tape was Lon's pick out of four versions found. Original version of Banishing Dirge comes from a tape dub of the Will master reel. First appearance of it anywhere since the original pressing of Will. Actual master for this version has been lost."
Side A: Unearthed
Side B: Son of Will
1. Carrion Bells Did Toll
2. Nil Illigitimus Carborundum
3. Na Vilavilairevu/Hand Of Glory - Raw Backing Edit
4. Shugendo Gyozha - Saturated Backing
5. S/M Operations - Full Length Version
6. Banishing Dirge - Original Album Version
If you’re a fan of Hunting Lodge this cassette is essential. It is a place in time that will never be repeated.
The cassettes were professionally duplicated with double sided art and is a limited edition of 150 copies.
Released in cooperation with Easy Listening and Silent Records.
Tapes can be ordered from:
This cassette is a fundraiser, all proceeds go towards a vinyl release of "SHACK" (from Insomnia Vol 2
compilation, WE NEVER SLEEP). Digital copies available @ Amazon, Apple/iTunes, and streaming on
Spotify & Google Play.
Jeff Chenault 2018
Thank you again, Jeff! Another interesting and good article!
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