The Subliminals

Short-lived group containing Simon Mclaren (Gat/Vox – Loves Ugly Children, Sleepers Union), Brendan Moran (Drums – Hasselhoff Experiment) Steven Reay (Gguitar) And Jared Johnson (Bass) that put out one of the best albums of 2000 with the driving, enthralling United States on Flying Nun.

Simon retained the Loves Ugly’s knack for catchy songs and added one of the most explosive music backings available thanks to one hell of a strong rhythm section. Moran is already famous for being one half of the incredibly loud duo known as The Hasselhoff Experiment, and The Subliminals allowed him freedom for more diverse drumming – instead of the freight-train-straight-to-hell approach of the Hasselhoffs’.

The star of the album, though is Jared Johnsons driving bass – essentially the lead instrument on a number of the albums best tracks – they could survive on being just an insturmental band. But to make things even better, both the vocals and the guitar were top notch, they’d put on a scorching live performance were everybody in the house would scream along and dance to their groovy numbers. Sad then that early this year they called it quits – all the boys moving on to their own new project.

The group did however re-unite for Flying Nun’s 30th Birthday Celebrations, playing shows up and down the country with The Clean.

Discography (picks in bold)

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