At National Park Bowling Club.1987
Biography by Sean Mussett
Committee formed in '85, with school mates Mick and
Warren and their mate ???? Fletcher (first name lost to me).
I brought my school friend Brian Tolhurst along, as he was learning guitar, and ended up being a fine bass player.
I don't recall
much rehearsing initially. We played a few parties relying mainly on Mick's originals
and a dozen or so punk standard covers of 'The Clash', 'DK's', 'Hard On's',
'Black Flag' and 'Devo'.
Committee played regularly in Newcastle from 86-89 at
venues such as Souths, The Airforce Club, Wickham Park Bowling Club, National
Park Bowling Club, The Premier Hotel, The Stag And Hunter, The Congo Club and
The Newcastle Leagues Club.
At the end Dissection Committee was playing mostly originals, with all members contributing songs. Crowd favourites included "Pollution City", "Dog Guts", "Getting in Peoples Way" and "Apathy Crowd".
There was an untimely end to the
band in 1989 when Brian Tolhurst moved to Sydney to form, and have reasonable
success with, 'Fractured Black'.
Dissection Committee reformed later in '89 with a new Brain on bass. (Sorry Brian if forgotten your surname, and I've still got your Utter Stench album). We played a few Airforce club gigs as well as a support for the premier gig of 'Bark' at the Stag And Hunter.
The band split up at the end of 1989 when Brian moved to Melbourne and I went to Europe. There will never be anything in my life to replace the fun and friendship of Dissection Committee, and "lets get the band back together", always makes me smile.
Photograph courtesy of Sean Mussett