Newly added - the original Hobo article
Kevin Harrison's band - From Hobo (Photos - Kevin and Lynda Harrison from the Whistler days - early 70's)
In 1973/4, I interviewed a band called ZOASTRA for Hobo. They were the core of an earlier band in the 70's called
The band consisted of John Westacott (bass) / Richie (Headrock) Medlock (Drums & vocals / writer) / Zodicoaxial (Kevin Harrison) on guitar / 12 string / electronics / composition). Lynda Harrison – Synthesiser / keyboards and vocals. They were one of the early bands into experimental electronic and sythi
From Kevin Harrison
"Zoastra was indeed a transitionary project, it was certainly more experimental than Whistler but contained seeds of the cut-up poetry/prose that 'urge' employed to good effect in the late seventies.
Envisaged as a Science-Fiction/Faction vehicle there were 2 line-ups, the first included myself, Charles Bullen (later 'This Heat' member), two drummers Gary Curtain & Al Docker, Lynda Harrison and John Westacott, this formation rehearsed twice at The Nags Head, Nuneaton.
The second line-up is the one you describe and rehearsed every weekend at Packington Lodge for a month or so, we almost did a gig for a barbecue there, but they opted instead for a band playing Rolling Stones covers!"
NOTE- Earlier I thought this interview took place in 1974 but the article below is typed on the back of one of my own songs from June 1973 - so it may have been earmarked for the July issue of Hobo (No2) which never came out owing to John Bargent (who partly financed the first issue) leaving. No 2 finally came out in August but for some reason this article wasn't published. I suspect it was because the band split up.
The article below contains the cut-up lyrics that Kevin gave me when I met with the band in 1973 /4.
Addition - I Have Just Found the draft article on Zoastra for Hobo.
THE UNVEILING CEREMONY OF ZOASTRA
Mirror image falling
Visceral plains converging
Tactile dactylites tacky on Vu-screen
Increase photo-image fall-out
Micro-sonics beaming in on all sides now
We must not reiterate
Protect isometric scanner gamma shields
Psyche in on sound and image flakes
Laser-tronics up full-sound.
Dip! – Cut!
Dials set zero
Lyric by Kevin Harrison
And thus I was transcended into the Kozmic Realm of ZOASTRA. ZOASTRA being the collective name of four musicians joining creative forces to produce what they call "Strictly 70's Head Musik".
The line up is composed of the following characters: -
Mr John Westacott on Bass Guitar, Electric Footware and Grunts.
Richie (Headrock) Medlock Drums; impressions; Vocals and songs.
Zodi-Coaxial (Kevin Harrison) Guitar, 12 String, Electronics, Vocals, Composer.
Lynda Harrison - Synthie keyboards, Vocals.
Imagination tuned to the Big note
Got sussed in a space
Got spaced and sussed the
Angle at which all life
On this planet evolves
Like an envelope the smaller
Part of encapsulation
Bitten by my transmuted mind
Found alive two ice-frozen
Humans licked down the waste
Eaten true in haste.
(Lyric by Kevin Harrison)
Some of the members may be familiar to some of you as ex members of the Coventry band Whistler but from talking to the band and listening to their tapes, their current muzik is, as Eddie Cohran would say "Somethin' Else".
They are, at the time of writing, considering the possibility of visual effects to illustrate their muzik further.
If you are into spacey head muzik then watch out for Zoastra. If you are a dancer, then beware, unless you are the weirdest dancer this side of Swanswell!!
Neon strip ice-cream dripped back in time
Cinematic surfing girls serve it up in dreams
Venus seems so far, Lurex factor sleeps
Micrograms run down zingel, lightening
Caressing skin, time spaced abstract
(Lyric Kevin Harrison)
Gadgets smashed fast through a universe