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Collapse Into Autumn

by I Am Vertical

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Original cassette tracklist
01. This Holocaust We Walk In
02. Move*
03. No Windows*
04. One Jump Ahead
05. Monochrome Emotion
06. Procession (of Fear)
07. I Am Vertical*
*omitted at the request of the band

Hugh Lyons died in February of 1984 at age of 21 or 22 - this cassette was recorded just after that. 'This Holocaust We Walk In' was about that. I reckon it's easily the best song on the cassette.

Hugh plays on this recording in one track, 'One Jump Ahead', which was recorded live at The National Hotel in 1983 as part of a Brisband competition organised by 4ZZZ. The performance of that is pretty scratchy, but his lead guitar stands out well so we decided to use it.

The rest of the cassette was recorded at Basement Studios in Little Roma Street (not only is the building not there any more, the whole street has gone).

The closing track is a reading of the poem 'I Am Vertical' by Sylvia Plath:

This cassette was the only formal release by the band, although we did record two more songs - 'Tennessee Williams' (very much in a Sisters of Mercy mould) and 'Two Hands'. These were recorded in 1985 at Pyramid Studios in the old Target building in the Valley and were produced by Phil Ross)

'Two Hands' appeared on 4ZZZ's State of Emergence compilation and was number 3 in 4ZZZ's Hot 100 in 1986.

"Monochrome Emotion" made it to #77 on the 1984 Hot 100.


released August 6, 1984

Andrew Bartlett - drums
Ray Moynihan - guitar, cello, vocals
Geoff Wood - bass, woodblock, vocals

Hugh Lyons - guitar on 'One Jump Ahead'
Chris Coulter - trombone on 'Move'
Jennifer Elliot - spoken word on 'I Am Vertical' (a poem by Sylvia Plath)

Recorded at Basement Studios, Brisbane in March 1984

'One Jump Ahead' recorded live at The National Hotel in October 1983.
Engineered by Ashley Keating

Mixed by Ashley Keating and I Am Vertical


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