• #1 Burn David Burn
  • #2 It Came In A Can
  • #3 Black Fish
  • #4 Sonic Blur
  • #5 Incubator
  • #6 Psychic Discharge
  • #7 Shaking with Mother
  • #8 Johnny Mnemonic
  • #9 Leprosies Leftovers
  • #10 The Young Mussolini
  • #11 The Oldest Lies (live)
  • #12 The 13th Woman / Different Air (live)
  • #13 (What I've Heard of) Wyoming
  • #14 Dark Continent
  • #15 Establish an Order
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Max Block, The / Air Ache In The Belly Of The Leech


formats available
  • LP
    SB 148
    Street Date:
    July 31st, 2012
    Ship Date:
    July 23rd, 2012
    Street Date:
    July 31st, 2012

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For the majority of newbie Flying Nun collectors, The Max Block’s eponymous (and only) 12-inch release is more myth than fact. Few seemed to have been pressed, and even fewer were available in the brief window of time (mid-’80s) when it was “around.” Unknown until very recently was that a second EP had been recorded and slated for release by Flying Nun but never realized. Air Ache in the Belly of the Leech is a compendium of both, and thus the complete recorded works of The Max Block. You’re welcome.

Some background: The Max Block is where Maryrose (née Wilkinson) and Brian Crook—now the power couple behind The Renderers—joined forces for the first time. Maryrose was coming out of Above Ground, and Brian out of Scorched Earth Policy. With the enlisted talents of Rebecca Shanahan and Robbie Stowell, The Max Block pushed different boundaries than other active Christchurch bands at the time; they came out slinging a brain-splattering goo of art-spaced, Pere-Ubu-seared cerebellum, and frenetic, Mars-fried medula oblongata. Such tantalizing aromas! Pardon me, garçon, but make mine deux.

Bottom line, Siltbreeze is proud to make available this remarkable and awesome collection, much of it seeing the light of day for the first time ever. Edition of 500.


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