Here's what the press has said so far about "SURGERY"...
"...sure to please most college radio fans and in my eyes a must.
AOC's lyrics have always been good and this tape is no exception,
with salvation...loneliness, and looking at the self covered here
with depth and poetic wisdom."
"The jangly guitars alternative music groove is as infectious as
ever, but the lyrics move beyond describing the alienation to
challenging the listener to do something about it. It's like
reading the diary of a young saint striving to die to the flesh
daily....God bless 'em for being wise beyond their years and
faithful beyond their peers. Here's hoping others catch their
TAPPING THE UNDERGROUND
HARVEST ROCK SYNDICATE
Vol. 6 #3
"SURGERY is a sometimes light, sometimes kicking folk rock offering
full of intelligent and vivid lyrics...full of life and death."
AUTOGRAPHS FOR THE SICK
Vol II, Is. 4
"Where they lack in hype and `gimmickery' they make up for in
lyrical integrity and intelligence."
Sometime early in 1991
"...the cover of Surgery is more strikingly professional than Soft
Drinks...Surgery is immediately more attractive to the ear and eye;
that will hopefully result in more listeners.....Beneath those
superficial layers, you get a band that obviously devotes much time
to constructing what it wishes to say. The opening "Inseparable",
for example, features the brilliant chorus `A touch of death is all
we need/to sooth a burning heart'....the members have a real heart
for their local church and a commitment to minister within an area
they can effectively cover. That's truly refreshing, and deserves
White Throne #10
"Good alternative stuff from ...Thom Inglin and aBSeNce OF
cERaMicS. The album is Surgery, the music is great, and these guys
are awesome brothers in the Lord. Get it nowowowow!!"
Vol.20, Issue 97
released February 1, 1991
aBSeNce OF cERaMicS is now:
THOM L. INGLIN: Guitars, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Drums
GARTH KOLBECK: Bass Guitar, Vocals, Guitars
KENI WARNER: Drums, Vocals
B. JILL INGLIN: Backing Vocals on "Mirror" and "Working Title"
Kid's Choir on "Mr. Danger": NESSA GOLEY; TRACY, BLAYNE, TEALE, JORDAN AND LOGAN ADAMS
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for the Life that He lives
through us, and for the competence that only He could have given!
Jill Inglin, for her undying and unswerving Love and commitment to
Harry Thomas and the Come Alive! New Testament Church, for giving
us a home and for the loan of the mikes and cables.
Steve Wright - we be prayin'!
Martin Bass, for encouragement and mikes and cables.
Frank Jacobs and CIA, for the snake, mikes, cables, and fellowship.
Rick Ritts, for the reel-to-reel deck.
Gregg Margarite, for the loan of the reverb unit. We're still praying for you.
The Adams Family, for the use of the Barn and the kids.
The Goley Family, for the basement and pizza sponsorship, and...
The other Goley Family, for the kid.
Mrs. Warner for the Baked ziti-Mmmmmm, good!
Grandmom Grover for the soup and sandwiches, and for the provision of a "necessary" place.
Chuck, for filling Thom's head with knowledge about all this stuff and for believing in the Vision all these years.
Finally, to all those who wrote, prayed, bought tapes, and have been just downright encouraging - be assured that you keep us going when it gets rough; and that's often!
Engineered and produced by Thom L. Inglin
All arrangements by aBSeNce OF cERaMicS
C P 1990 crass music
Recorded Sept./Oct. 1990 in The Barn at Buttonwood Hill,
All Songs Copyright 1990 by Crass Music
This cassette is dedicated to our family at Come Alive!, without
whose nourishment, encouragement, and patience this "Surgery"
could never have been performed.
To pass through
or to be passed by
is an enormous choice;
but for me,
there is no choice.
"I had far rather walk, as I do, in daily terror of eternity, than
feel that this was only a children's game in which all the contes-
tants would get equally worthless prizes in the end."
T. S. Eliot
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