The first band I ever played in was called Vicarious Living. named after a line in a flux of Pink Indians song our reason behind it was that it “pertained to a different way of living”. That was 1983 and I played in 4 or 5 bands over the next 6 years. The last of these were called Not Our World or N.O.W. for short.
We played a lot of gigs around Dublin and beyond but always on this island. There were plans tom play further afield and even bring out a record but circumstances dictated otherwise. We did manage to get a lot of gigs in Dublin, playing in venues now long gone, like the Attic, Fox and pheasant, Trinity JCR and beyond, new inn, and the earl grattan. At times it felt like we were a resident band in the grattan played there 5 nights one week.
We taped most of our gigs but unlike Fugazi who all had excellent sound desk recording we used whatever tape machines were doing the rounds. Around that time as part of trainee sound engineers course they would get an overnight session in a recording studio. We managed to score some time in Temple Lane Studios. It was our first time in such a place and the experience was pretty forgettable. We managed to record three songs and when we left we thought they represented our sound. However whne we got home and the tape was played through our decks the sound was a thinny representation and didn’t really capture us. So we did nothing with the demo. Gave it to very few friends and planned to get back into a studio at some stage. That wasn’t to be and now 25 years later I suppose it is time enough to let the tape be digitised.
Here are the three songs We felt we could change our world and subsequently the entire world, it wasn’t to be in the end but our world certainly changed.