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THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Formed: Square Root were formed in Sheffield, England...1995, by IMESON and THORNS, after Imeson's previous project LCD ground to a halt. Made up entirely from maths teachers they became a popular act on the local pub circuit. GREENE was drafted in after much persuasion, only to take over, much to the annoyance of Imeson, who quit after their first single. The rest of the band broke up soon after, and Greene embarked upon an ill-fated solo career, only to be shot dead by his super-model wife, Geraldine during a concert in Hull in 2000. Meanwhile Imeson gathered another group of teachers to form the Science Dept. In 2001 he set up his own studios (also called the Science Dept.) and took over the running of the EARWAX label. Since then, the Science Dept. has become a sort of communal band consisting of various label-mates and their dogs.Style: Square Root were a raw pub-rock staff-room collective led by drummer Imeson, whose delivery is not unakin to an east of the pennines Mark E. Smith. Greene on the other hand was the Roy Hattersley of the vocal world, invariably showering the front rows with spittle. Science Dept. are cutting edge electronica at the heart of the Sheffield electronic scene. Songwriters: Square Root were initially Imeson, or group compositions. Later Greene. Science Dept are group compositions. Trivia: Geraldine Greene managed to jump the country and her whereabouts are still unclear.
SQUARE ROOT
IKE IMESON (ex-LCD, ex-ET CETERA, ex-JOHN CRAVEN) - drums, vocals / FLINTON THORNS - bass / IMP RANDALL - guitar / EUNICE MCKINNEY - keyboards / with guest lead vocalist MORGAN GREENE
Jul '98 (7" - 7SR1) THE CALCULATOR SONG / SONG FOR...
    (cd-s (SSR1) +=) Ch-Ch-Change the Signs / I Know What I Like (In Your Fridge)
next without IMESON:
Oct '98 (7" - 7SR2) (12" - 12SR2)SHOWGIRLS / DIRTY LITTLE MAN-ABOUT-TOWN
    (cd-s (SSR2) +=) 6th Form Girls / Showgirls (12" mix); (12"+=) 6th Form Girls
IKE IMESON feat. THE SCIENCE DEPT.
IKE IMESON - drums, vocals / PAUL SMITH - bass / JOHN HANCOCK - programming, percussion / ROY CARR (ex-HERCULES) - guitar / ROD HAIGH (ex-NANCY GIRLS) - keyboards / FOSTER HEWITT (ex-NANCY GIRLS) - programming, synths
Oct '98 (12" - 12SD1) IT'S WRONG BOY! / CH-CH-CHANGE THE SIGNS
    (cd-s (SSD1) +=) It's Wrong Boy! (Craven Mix) / It's Wrong Boy! (Standard Deviation)
Mar '99 (12" - 12SD2) (cd-s - SSD2) 18 / 11 / 9 / 12
Aug '99 (d-lp - ASD1) (cd - ASD1CD) 1, 18, 4, 13, 6, 10, 15, 2, 17, 3, 19, 7, 16, 8, 11, 14, 9, 12, 5, 20
- 1 / 18 / 4 / 13 / 6 / 10 / 15 / 2 / 17 / 3 / 19 / 7 / 16 / 8 / 11 / 14 / 9 / 12 / 5 / 20
One of the most interesting post Et Cetera releases, it is at times ambient, at times heavy, occasionally electronica, every now and then rocking... it is a mixed bag of the avant garde. Tracks 9 and 11 are particularly good. A must hear.
The Science Dept. formed out of the ashes of minimalist ambient group Nancy Girls, and hogrock act Hercules. Ike brought them in after his much publicised split from previous band Square Root.
Sleevenotes excerpt:
During the course of the term our departmental head, Mr. Ike Imeson, performed controlled experiments with drums, vocals, music and production.
He was ably assisted by the other staff in the department, who have shown a level of dedication to their work that can only serve their pupils well.
Mr. Paul Smith, our head of Biology, entertained us all when he played an impressive bass on the field trip to Boggle Hole. The class leapt at the opportunity to disect the prize fish during labs on the following day, and we commend Mr. Smith for not giving in to the temptation of consuming his bounty beforehand.
Mr. John Hancock, our head of Physics, demonstrated Newtonian mechanics by hitting things a lot, which greatly impressed his class, apart for little Robbie Spalt who evidently bruises easily. Mr. Hancock also showed great expertise in programming the LOGO turtle.
Mr. Roy Carr is very popular with the pupils for his informal style. They particularly enjoyed the time he demonstrated wave dynamics with the guitar he brought in from home.
Mr. Rod Haigh is our head of Chemistry, and knows his chromatography from his chromalodeon. On the 6th form social, he delighted in demonstrating his distinctive fingering technique for the girls in 13H, but whilever he's distilling that home-made whisky of his, we shall turn a blind eye to such things.
Mr. Foster Hewitt is the new support technician in the department, and has already demostrated an aptitude for setting up the oscilloscope and preparing the Young's Modulus apparatus. He has also been growing some new plants for photosynthesis, which we look forward to eagerly.
The department has performed execellently over the course of the accademic year, creating a new departmental record for exam results.
 
Ike is involved in the Et Cetera reformation in 2001. In 2002 he takes charge of Clustcwyr's sister label, Earwax.
THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
The Science Dept. essentially becomes a fluid collective of artists in the Sheffield area. 

All subsequent releases on Earwax:

IKE IMESON - drums, electronics / FLINTON THORNS - bass / JOHN HANCOCK - programming, percussion / ROY CARR - guitar / ROD HAIGH - keyboards / FOSTER HEWITT - programming, synths / HYZENFLAY - vocals, samples, cruet-set / MARCUS MACH (b. Emden, Germany, 1978) - radios and machinery

Oct '03  (cds (credit card format) - EWX45031000102) WAX WALLET 2
 
Released alongside Wax Wallet 1, this is the Science Dept's first release since 1999: a fantastic static charge-card full of clicks, fizzles and high interest. 
HYZENFLAY has solo career. Subsequently joined by MARCUS MACH in DISABLE BELGIAN WARP.

Now above line-up plus:
STEPH JESPER - production, noises, machinery, bass / RACHEL OWEN (of DISABLE BELGIAN WARP) - guitars, synths / JOHN CRAVEN- tapes, guitars and vocals / NICK FISHER  (of AUTOPARP) - organ, guitar, vocals, samples / KELLY KENT  (of AUTOPARP) - guitar, vocals, samples / ANDY McKAY  (of AUTOPARP) - bass, vocals, samples / DAVID WILKINSON (of MOSFET) - machines and instruments / SUE DEACON (of MOSFET) - machines and instruments

Nov '04   (7" (orange vinyl) - EWX47041119101) THE SCIENCE DEPT. KENNED JOHN PEEL
- (Same recording both sides. A is recorded at 33rpm and labeled 45rpm. B is recorded at 45rpm and labeled 33rpm. Side B apparently contains a secret track.)
The Science Dept. are joined by Autoparp, John Craven, DBW and Mosfet for this tribute to Peel, recorded on the day of his funeral.

MARCUS MACH is responsible for Wax Wallet 11 in April 2005.

Now:
IKE IMESON / FLINTON THORNS / JOHN HANCOCK / ROY CARR / ROD HAIGH / FOSTER HEWITT / HYZENFLAY / MARCUS MACH / STEPH JESPER / RACHEL OWEN

Jun '05  (video-cds (credit card format) - EWX45050600112) WAX WALLET 12



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