As quoted by Merrick Atkinson in the liner notes: his letter to William July 27,1991
Just a quick note to update you. Life with Toren is...enlightening. He is tightlipped, but I have learned that even now the other members of his group are being "restored" by the Old Ones. I cannot say that I like where this is headed, but I am in no position to argue.
Great Old Ones (1996)
Now is the time to enjoy Great Old Ones, with the Hurts Like Hell tracks "Tarred and Feathered," "My Tank," "Batttered," "One-Gilled Girl," "Jimmy the Squid," "Chunk," and "Diggin' Up the World," plus the 'Riffo tracks "Colour Me Green," "Space Ghosts," "A Thousand Fists," "Big Robot Dinosaur," "Rocket Science," "Flee!" "Mustard Gas," "Everyone Calls Me Ted," "Diggin' Up the World (Acoustic)," and "Yog-Sothoth," PLUS two LIVE tracks, "Hookworm" and "Burrow Your Way to My Heart," PLUS three BRAND NEW SONGS, "Please God No," "Walking On the Moon," and "Six-Gun Gorgon Dynamo"
Â A song was commissioned for a tribute to Italian gore film director, Lucio Fulci. This double CD was called For Lucio Fulci: Symphony of Fear and was put out by Graveside Entertainment (www.graveside.com) and the song was "House of Clocks".Â
The dread Necronomicon - The Book of Dead Names - whispered of throughout history and made popular by pulp horror author H.P. Lovecraft; filled with sonic "keys" that open gateways in between the spaces we know, where the mysterious Great Old Ones, with unpronounceable names like "Cthulhu", wait to walk the earth again; few know the book's secrets and fewer still can produce a copy. It is rumored, however, that a certain rock band out of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia have access to this, and other forbidden tomes - or at the very least, access to the internet.
This band "The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets" has been known to pepper their lyrics with Lovecraftian references, and indeed it is said that the very tones and melodies of the music itself are laced with uncanny alien vibrations, sewing confusion, madness, and above all a tendency to dance. Take, for example, their album "Cthulhu Strikes Back", finally re-released after being suppressed and buried for years. First released in 1995, sold out of two pressings, critically acclaimed and yet as rare as any tome of secret knowledge, "Cthulhu Strikes Back" strikes back in 2003 courtesy of Divine Industries.
THE DARKEST OF THE HILLSIDE THICKETS FAQ:
1. What is the official website of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets?
2. What CDs are currently available?
All we have right now are Spaceship Zero (which you can get through any decent CD store in Canada [product id: DI00012] and Cthulhu Strikes Back (product id: DI03032) and Great Old Ones (product id: DIK04782) or order securely online at http://www.cdbaby.com
2.5. Do they have a fanclub?
Yes, The People of Innsmouth is the official fanclub of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. For membership information and benefits, download the rtf file here: http://mypage.uniserve.ca/~darkest/join.html
3. I heard that you can read the People of Innsmouth newsletters online.
You're on the ball. Our fanclub website is at http://mypage.uniserve.ca/~darkest
It has a few "recent" newsletters in html format.
4. When are the Thickets playing in my town? Do they tour other countries besides Canada?
We have gone on two three-week long tours in the past 3 years, but only in Canada. It is difficult and expensive to get across borders. We are always open to doing tours in the US or abroad but it is a question of finding shows or strings of shows which will pay for our food, lodging, air fair, and leave us with enough to pay any bills that have been piling up while we are on tour. That is no easy task, but if you book clubs or know someone who books clubs in your town, have them contact our booking agent James MacLean at firstname.lastname@example.org (416-598-3330 ext 305). Otherwise, if you just want to be put on our emailing list for shows and news, email email@example.com and make that request.
Additionally, we usually post our gig info to http://mypage.uniserve.ca/~darkest and www.holycow.com/thickets the yahoogroups list and the Thickets newsgroup.
5. There is a Thickets yahoogroups list?
Yes! Yahoogroups is kind of like a bulletin board that subscribers can post to. You can get the messages sent to your email address, or read them on the web. Subscribe or find more info here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hillsidethickets
6. What if I want Thickets mp3s to convert all my friends?
Check the main page of www.holycow.com/thickets
Check www.thenerveonline.com under "free local mp3s"
real audio files: http://members.tripod.com/roguecthulhu/rcradio.htm
7. Do the Thickets have any videos?
Yes, we have videos for Diggin' Up the World, Worship Me Like A God, Colour Me Green, Walking on the Moon, and The Sounds of Tindalos. Please request them at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also see Sounds of Tindalos here http://www.uturnpictures.com/reel.html
8. I heard there were a couple Thickets Screensavers.
That's right, and here they are:
9. And a video game?
Yes, the Thickets have created a very Cthulhuian Spaceship Zero video game with the help of industry playboy Dan Ross. Here it is: http://www.spaceshipzero.com/sszgame.zip
10. What about this Spaceship Zero movie? Will it ever get made?
Details of the SSZ production can be found on www.spaceshipzero.com . Keep your fingers crossed and your eyes glued to the website for further updates.
11. I love stupid internet polls. Is there a Thickets one?
Yes! Take the slightly outdated but still fun "Blame the Thickets" poll at http://us.votenow.de/?100699
12. Where can I get photos of the Thickets?
Only online at http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/toren_atkinson
13. Who is this H. P. Lovecraft character that the Thickets love so much?
He is a fabulously talented and dead author of weird tales from the '20s and '30s. You should definitely go pick up one of his anthologies. More info can be found at http://www.hplovecraft.com/
14. Miscellaneous links:
Check out the artist's website:
1. Tarred and Feathered
2. My Tank
4. One Gilled Girl
5. Jimmy The Squid
7. Diggin' Up The World
8. Colour Me Green
9. Space Ghosts
10. A Thousand Fists
11. Big Robot Dinosaur
12. Rocket Science
14. Mustard Gas
15. Everyone Calls Me Ted
16. Diggin' Up The World - Acoustic
19. Burrow Your Way To My Heart-Live
20. Please God No
21. Walking On The Moon
22. Six-Gun Gorgon Dynamo