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)
The reunited duo Hasselhoff Experiment kicked off an epic Wednesday night at the Civic. Not a bad crowd to see them too. Tight set; Tolly and Moran running through some old songs lightning fast like they’d never been away. Took ages for the Brian Jonestown Massacre to hit the stage, but they stuck around till almost 1:30am, so it was all good! Epic set, really set a scene with some cool atmospheric keys and those odd guitar reverberations. Anton kinda recluded to the side of the stage with tambourine guy Joel fronting, along with a couple guitarists, bassist Will Curruthers (Spiritualized/Spacemen 3), a livewire drummer and laidback keyboardist.
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possibly the loudest 2-man band on earth, the hassellhoff experiment we’re raw and dangerous with just a guitar and drums format (well before the white stripes hit out shores). andrew tolley (guitar / vocals – the head of the kato label) and brendan moran (drums) started out with self-released debut on tolley’s fine rock’n’roll imprint (vinyl only!), but pretty soon flying nun had snapped them up, reissueing the debut and eventually putting out the bands two follow-ups.
with a brilliant video for third album single ‘drag-racer’ by the back of the y / deja voodoo boys, the hasselhoff experiment were making great inroads – when. unfortunately just like morans’ other band (the short-lived but excellent subliminals) didn’t last, the duo splitting ways after the release of ‘out of the sandpit and onto the drive’.
picks in bold
- the hasselhof experiment [1998 kato / flying nun FN417]
- always outnumbered [1999 flying nun FN431]
- out of the sandpit and onto the drive [2002 flying nun FN463]