Skitchhead 10" EP (Squealer 020) 1996
Special Agents Of Her Majesty's Secret Cervix:
Michelle Polzine-guitar, vocals
Shannon Morrow-drums, piano
Anne Gomez-bass, vocals
H.M.S. Cervix songs on the split: "No Girls Allowed", "Yellow
Lemonade", "The Sky's Unzipped", "Veil", "The Rowdy Earthworm"
Bracing, angry, stark, beautiful. Hearkening back to the early-80's
heyday of politically charged, personally aware bands led by
women (The Raincoats, Au Pairs, Slits, etc.), Special Agents
of Her Majesty's Secret Cervix (often called "H.M.S. Cervix"
for short) created a dynamic sound at odds with most of what
else was happening in Chapel Hill (and much of the rest of the
country as well). This dynamic tension inevitably led to interpersonal
quarreling, and their demise in late summer of 1996.
Andy Shull-guitar, vocals
Jason Summers-guitar, vocals
Minerva Strain songs on the split: "Lux Aeterna", "Sizzle of
a Dusty Candle", "J.E.H. Parachutes (remixed edit)" and "Minerva's
Secret Cervix" (actually a collaborative effort of the two bands).
Minerva Strain's brand of psychedelic pop conjures up elements
of the great British psych-pop bands of the early 80's: Echo
and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, etc. Their live shows were
a maelstrom of sensory overload, with films, swirling lights
and a sound just a little to the pop side of Crystalized Movements
or Magic Hour. The met their demise in early 1997.
Nan Bagato did the excellent cover art.