While punk was raging across both sides of the Atlantic for a good couple of years, Brisbane arrived a little late to the party but made it up for it with a swathe of unforgettable and forgotten groups exploding and swiftly imploding across both sides of the river. Along the punk cognoscenti were pockets of more poppy groups including (and not exclusive to) The Go-Betweens, The Numbers and the Supports who shared punk rock stages across the halls and pubs of Brisbane.
The least-documented and lauded of the aforementioned groups were the Supports - a band who in their brief existence had its members later appear in London's DIY punk masters, the Desperate Bicycles, The Toesuckers, Mute 44 and the Sea Bees.
Singer-songwriter Peter Loveday appeared in these local groups, developing a highly localised craft known to by some and debated by others as 'the Brisbane Sound' - a light, fragile way of playing with an almost strict avoidance of 4/4 drumming for the most part.
In December 1981, Birds of Tin went in to Basement Studio in Roma St to record four tracks which appeared in later in the summer as the cassette EP Same Both Sides. It's title not only reflected the tape's contents but is also a nod to the Desperate Bicycles' way of presenting their early 7" singles.
Upon release, the cassette was presented in a 7" polypropylene bag with a fold out screen printed poster handmade by Peter Loveday. LCMR with the kind assistance of Matt Deasy from no.7 Printhouse in suburban Enoggera have made a faithful replica - again as a screen print - and made this the basis of the 7" single cover.
This release has been mastered from the original 1/4" master tape and presented at 33rpm for optimal sound quality and pressed in a limited edition of 150.
A1 Slothy Tank
A2 Rain Drops
B1 Think Of The Future
B2 Day At The Beach
Peter Loveday - guitar, vocals
Michael Elliott - bass
Keryn Henry - drums
Tony Hayes - percussion
Engineer - Colin Bloxsom
Recorded at Basement Studio, Brisbane.
"The short-lived Birds of Tin created some excitement for a while. Rumoured to be "just like the Go-Betweens, only better," they did lend to credence to that band's theory that there is a "Brisbane sound" and that they (the Go-Betweens) are it. Unlike the Go-Betweens, however, Birds of Tin did not have any driving ambition or talent for self-promotion. Their talent lay simply in their musicianship and the quality of their writing, although faced with the problem of having to come up with a set of material quickly, they did sound a bit repetitive at times."
- Ian Gray. From: X-Change: A Fanzine about modern music, Brisband people and other nonsense, Issue 4. (1982)