Scout / Freemasonry - split LP
Lunchbox Records #5 recorded 1993-94 and released 1995
"Car Vs. Driver played with Scout more than any other band during its existence, probably because our bass player was the older brother of their drummer. They were a band that definitely needed repeat listenings and shows to fully appreciate, as their music and presentation were so dense and layered it would be difficult for the casual observer to comprehend. One thing that was nice about their recordings is that they would always provide explanations for each of their songs, which cut through a lot of the abstractness and ambiguity and gave the songs a clear, deeper meaning. So few bands actually do this, so it is nice when a band lays it out like this, and this is a band that definitely benefited from this approach. Their songs had many noisy parts where the lyrics were spoken and buried in the sound, their song titles were cryptic, their drummer did most of the singing, and their songs were usually these huge orchestrated opuses that could sometimes sound like 5 or 6 songs put together. It was an overwhelming experience to see them play, but when we would tour with them, I would get into a groove and really start getting into their music. "
"Freemasonry in my opinion was the best band that ever existed in Atlanta. I will just put it on the table right there. They took the power of a John Reis band (e.g. Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu), and combined it with the melodic elements of post-punk bands like Jawbox to make such an amazing mix of power and melody. This was a combination you got sometimes in bands like Naked Raygun, for example, but in this case sounded completely different. Sarge, the singer/guitarist had a great voice that was powerful, melodic and completely original. The dude was also one of the funniest guys I have ever met. I remember going to see them play a show in Andy Stiversí basement, and he told me that "anything was okay in moderation" ≠ yeah thanks for the tip Sarge. Bruce, the second guitarist, had a guitar sound that was unbelievable ≠ especially when matched with Sargeís guitar. Kipís drumming might not be the most versatile out there, but it was solid and 100% Freemasonry, and was perfect for the music they played." - James Joyce
2 demo tapes
Tomato/Economics 7" on Moo Cow Records
Split 7" with Cromwell on Alone Records
Ground Rule Double comp. CD/2xLP on Divot/Actioboy300 Records - one song on this
Amnesia comp. LP on Ebullition Records - one song on this
Scott was previously in Such As and Something To Prove. He went on to be in Ostinato Grove with Erv, then Dot Matrix, Horse Thief, and currently plays in four3one and Planet Piss.
Erv went on to the Haymarket 8 Methos with Lewis and Tim, then Ostinato Grove with Scott, then Tourniquet, Krusher Destroyer, Motherfucking Tourettes, Karate Bear Fighter, and curretnyl plays in Volcanism
Tim was in Haymarket 8 Method with Erv. We tried to fit him into Ostinato Grove after we'd been playing for a year or two, but it didn't work at the time.
3 demo tapes
Kitty Come Home 7" on Sky Records
Sparrin' with the Varmint CD/LP on Sky Records
Bruce and Kip were previously in Third Season. Chris and Marcus were previously in Initiative.
Bruce went on to Freemasonry, Galanas::Cerdd, John Brown, Haricot Vert, probably some more.
Kip went on to Freemasonry, Galanas::Cerdd, and Chocolate Kiss.
Marcus went on to Galans::Cerd. Sadly he died in 2007 due to complications from diabetes.
Chris went on to Gaijin. He now lives in Oklahoma.
You can download a bunch of Freemasonry stuff here.
You can download a bunch of Scout stuff and read more about it here.
You can download the unreleased Ostinato Grove album minus 3 songs that were never mixed here.