7/12-inch Singles/E.P.s Rock Australia 1980s The Trilobites – “Night Of The Many Deaths”

7/12-inch Singles/E.P.s Rock Australia 1980s

The Trilobites (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

“Night Of The Many Deaths” (written by Dalton, Skates) A’ Side Single released on Big Time Records (BTS 6) in May 1987

Line-up/Credits :

Producer Chris Masuak

Mike Dalton Vocals

Martin Martini Guitar, Vocals

Skater Guitar

Scott Leighton Bass

Paul Styman Drums, Cymbals

Jim Manalis (keyboards)

Lyrics :

trilobites night of many deaths

The Trilobites – “Night Of The Many Deaths” A’ Side single album cover photo (front)

the trilobites the night of the many deaths photo

Formed in 1984
Style Rock
Original line-up: Mike Dalton (vocals), Paul Skates (guitar), Martin Martini (guitar), Scott Leighton (bass), Paul Styman (drums)
Albums: Turn It Around (Waterfront, 1987), Savage Mood Swing (rooArt/PolyGram, 1990), Lost Generation (Citadel, 1992).

Sydney five-piece The Trilobites grew out of that city’s push towards the kind of guitar-driven raunch’n’roll which was directly descended from Detroit bands like MC5 and The Stooges. Yet The Trilobites always infused their aggressive, garage rock sound with a punchy, 1960s-influenced power pop sensibility that highlighted the tuneful harmonies and strong melodies on offer.

The Citadel label issued the band’s first two, classic singles, `Venus in Leather’/`Amphetamine Dream’ (October 1985) and `American TV’/`Legacy of Morons’ (August 1986). Both singles reached #1 on the alternative charts, and the band toured to a strong response. `Venus in Leather’ and `Legacy of Morons’ appeared on Citadel’s essential compilation Take Everything Leave Nothing (March 1988). In the meantime, The Trilobites had signed a new deal with the Big Time label which resulted in the single `Night of The Many Deaths’/`Living by a Different Yardstick’ (May 1987).

At the end of the year, the band issued its debut album, the live set Turn It Around, on the Waterfront label (December). Waterfront also put out the band’s fourth single, `Jenny’s Wake’/`I Can See’ (June 1988). At that stage, The Trilobites came to the attention of the fledgling rooArt label. The band contributed `All Hail the New Right’ to rooArt’s inaugural Youngblood compilation (September 1988), alongside material from Tall Tales & True, Martha’s Vineyard, Crash Politics, Hipslingers, The Hummingbirds, Violet Town and others.

That led to a full recording contract which resulted in the 12-inch EP/CD EP `I Can’t Wait for Summer to End’ (March 1989). The Trilobites also appeared on a split, promotional single which combined `All Hail the New Right’ with Tall Tales & True’s `You’ve Got Your Troubles’ (December 1988). Englishman Steve James produced The Trilobites’ debut studio album, Savage Mood Swing (March 1990), which yielded the controversial 12-inch single `Fuck=Love’/`Little Death’, `Legacy of Morons (’89 mix) (September 1989) and the single `New Head’/`Minibar of Oblivion’ (February 1990). Between recording the album (March 1989) and its release, The Trilobites also undertook a successful European tour (late 1989).

In 1991, frontman Mike Dalton left the band to concentrate on his career as a television producer. One of his Executive Producer roles was with the Australian edition of the American-devised MTV (Music Television). Gary Slater (ex-Voodoo Lust) took his place. Glen Abbott also replaced Styman on drums, and The Trilobites returned to the Citadel label for the single `Tear You Apart’/`Don’t Hide’ (October 1991) and the mini-album Lost Generation (February 1992). Citadel also combined the single and mini-album for the eight-track CD Lost Generation. The band continued to tour locally, but made little further impact.

Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

The Trilobites – “Night Of The Many Deaths” Video file link on YouTube

The Trilobites – Band’s Page on Discogs

The Trilobites Band’s Page file link on Australian Rock Database