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  • Type: Band
  • Hometown: London, United Kingdom
  • Active: 1981, August 10 (Mon) - Present
  • Number of gigs played: 1
  • Number of other acts played with: 1
Sceneroller, Hydra, Nick Potts, Raye Caluori, Roger Carne
  • Nick Potts
    1981, August 10 (Mon) - Present
    Vocals, Digital samples, Tape manipulation
  • Raye Caluori
    1981, August 10 (Mon) - Present
    Digital samples, Tape manipulation, Keyboards
  • Roger Carne
    1999, February 17 (Wed) - Present
    Percussion Instruments, Custom instruments
About This Act
Formed from the ashes of experimental industrial duo Third Door From The Left and proto-noise mongers Birth Complex; HYDRA are named after both the seven headed monster of Greek myth (check out Ray Harryhausen's "Jason and the Argonauts" for an entertaining, if wildly inaccurate, version of events), and the secret terrorist organisation from Marvel Comics "Nick Fury - Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." (in it's original mid-sixties incarnation dedicated to the violent overthrow of all governments, now sadly recast as a neo-nazi group due to political revisionism).

After several years as a two-piece, during which time Raye was recruited to the ranks of Leech Woman and Nick pursued other visual based projects, Hydra became a trio with the addition of Rog (also of Leech Woman) adding metal percussion and power tools to the mix.

When pushed, the band have described themselves as post- Industrial Punk. Occupying a position somewhere between Skinny Puppy, early Consolidated and Discharge, the sound is a head-on collision between the righteous anger of Punk and the vicious soundscapes of industrial pioneers like Cabaret Voltaire and Suicide. Taking the "anyone can do it" attitude and applying it to the technology of sequencers and samplers. Punk without guitars. Industrial without the crypto-fascist overtones.

Nick and Raye find themselves with adjoining rooms in a South East London flat. Intrigued by the odd sounds penetrating the connecting wall, Nick demands to know what 'that racket' is. 'That racket' turns out to be Raye's well worn copy of the first Cabaret Voltaire album, 'Mix-Up'.

United by their common love of the Stooges and Nick's new found interest in left-field electronics, the pair become fast friends and decide to make a racket of their own.

Working under the name Longpig, they scrape together enough analogue gear to start writing songs, initially drafting in the infamous J. Mitch Flacko (Hagar the Womb/ Big Bottom/The Mekons) on bass. Mitch leaves after it becomes clear they have completely separate approaches to song writing (he can play and they can't).

Several years pass, during which equipment is mastered. More importantly, a digital synth with built in sequencer is acquired. This makes 'writing' songs a lot less problematic.

The name HYDRA is adopted, just in time for their first public performance at a party on 10th of August. Despite the Cabs/TG influenced audio-visual assault produced being met with indifference, if not outright hostility, several eventful performances take place. During one particularly fraught evening in East London, the entire audience (including the house sound engineer) is driven from the venue.

Finally buy a sampler.

Having shared gigs with local punk band Working With Tomatoes, get involved with breakaway splinter which evolves into Leech Woman. Raye ends up joining Leech Woman handling sampling, sequencing and live sound. HYDRA is put on the back burner. Always sporadic, live performances fall to an average of 3 per year.

Record 3-track 'Year Zero' demo for limited cassette only distribution.

'Head and Heart' from the 'Year Zero' demo is featured on the Household Name compilation, 'The Last House on the Left'.

'Waking up Drunk' is featured on the Lockjaw compilation, 'Helping You Back to Work Vol 1'.

Positive feedback following the compilation releases and joint gigs with Leech Woman, plus the realisation that there is an audience for their punk/industrial collision galvanises the band into increased activity.

After a few gigs providing guest angle-grinding, Rog from Leech Woman joins as full time percussionist after a stage manager refuses to allow white hot metal to be sprayed around the venue - something to do with fire safety regulations, apparently.

'Feverdream' and 'Wake' are featured on the Wasp Factory compilation 'Working with Children and Animals Vol 1'.

Develop 'Scientific Division' side-project Advanced Idea Mechanics.

Celebrate HYDRA's ten year anniversary with an invite-only A.I.M./HYDRA performance at a secret location in SE London, and gig at The Garage.

Produce a special anniversary badge, limited to a run of 100, only available at The Garage performance.

Nick co-writes and provides joint vocals for 'Bound and Blind' on the Leech Woman album Three 3Zero.

Produce and distribute 1,000 'We won't fight your fucking war' stickers in reaction to the war in Afghanistan.

'Prey' appears on 'Defcon 2 - Collateral Damage' on Armalyte Industries.

Reconstruct 'Cardinal' for Leech Woman remix album.
Release 'Worship Your Diseases' CD on their own label, Kairotic.
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