detour – jivaros quartet

it’s about high time to post some music by the jivaros quartet. one of my favourite live bands at the time (the ones i saw maybe the most concerts of – together with the needles – they in turn will come up later).

the feeling of physical coldness that for me element of crime transmit on their earliest recordings is also transmitted through the music of the jivaros quartet – this time not the coldness of the gray city in a winter night, but the coldness of one of the highest towns in europe: la chaux-de-fonds.

they have for me been the essential swiss band: not that their music was inspired by swiss roots music, and not that they sung in swiss german – they were actually a rather “classic” guitar band of the late eighties / early nineties with some garage influences and a melacholic twist (yep, we’re still on the topic of blue, somehow), singing in a rather mumbled english with a french accent. but especially live they had an added claustrophobic quality of a small country with small towns where everybody knows everybody and a an aggressivenes that i have never encountered in other music. an aggression that never breaks out, an undercurrent that is there and gives the music a nearly uncomfortable edge: you hope that the singer finally starts to scream, that the guitars finally go into a really noisy and screeching feedback – but it never happens. somehow very swiss. and it made for extremely intense concerts…

and talking of concerts: i actually saw them once in some grotty cave – only about 15 people attended and it seemed in the beginning rather sad. but the jivaros quartet just gave a fuck and played something like 2 hours straight through with a great performance. that was rather stunning – we all came away feeling rather privileged.

so – in rememberance of this odd band from an odd town here the – i believe – complete discography. but then i have not found a complete dicography on the net – if somebody knows more, please drop a line. oh, and if somebody has by chance a live recording and / or the out of print record of the follow up band sunday ada and is willing to share: yes, please!

to the technicalities: eveything is ripped track by track as mp3’s@224, cover front and back scans (and therefore the tracklists) included. i did not rip the 12″ single wrong – these songs are included as bonus tracks on near the noise. and well, my scanner seems has a mind of its own – the covers are originally not bi- coloured…

and now – listen and enjoy!

jivaros quartet: isolated songs and mud sculptures (6-track ep – 1988.)

jivaros quartet – near the noise (LP – 1989)

jivaros quartet – implosion (3-track 12″ single)

jivaros quartet – loneliness pours out of our heads (3-track cd single – 1991)

jivaros quartet – goodbye vincent (LP – 1991)

9 Responses to “detour – jivaros quartet”

  1. Andy Says:

    You have absolutely no idea how happy you made me! I thought it was nearly impossible to listen again to “Loneliness pours out of our heads”, which I first heard in 1991 in a various artists euro cassette promo for radio and never could find since then, nor even “Goodbye Vincent”, the album (but yes “Near the noise” and “Fever led us here”).
    Hopeless, I once again typed simply “jivaros quartet goodbye vincent” on Google……..and found your page.
    Best wishes for the rest of your life!
    Andy from Argentina

  2. sunbathinglizard Says:

    thanks andy! i am delighted…

    all the best for you, too!

  3. Mike Says:

    Thank you so much for re-uniting me with that track. Turns out it was ‘Implosion’ – I didn’t recognise it from the EP vinyl rip. Best wishes, Mike.

  4. sunbathinglizard Says:

    my pleasure!

  5. Steve Says:

    Hey I was 16 years old when I discover this band…Very nice to be part of the concert in Porrentruy…. any link to these guys… Are they from La chaux-de-fonds ?



  6. sunbathinglizard Says:

    yes, they are from la cahux-de-fonds. and yes, seeing them live was definitly an experience.
    and no, i do not have any contact information. did alsonot find any when i was doing this post. i have been so far also not been able to get my hands on a recording of the follow up band Sunday Ada… so if anybody has that, please let me know.

  7. AntonRevon Says:

    Hi sunbathinglizard.
    Thanks a lot for this GREAT post.
    More than 20 years later, I thought about the DANCETERIA bands and I remembered in my head the marvelous track DRIVING TOYS (from the album NEAR THE NOISE) by JIVAROS QUARTET … Searching on the web to listen to it again, I have discovered your blog.
    But the 2 links do not work. The 3 divshare links are ok.
    Impossible to listen to near the noise + loneliness pours out of our heads …
    Can you, please, upload those both links again (on divshare)?

  8. Christophe Says:

    You can get info and get recordings from the follow up band Sunday Ada here:

  9. Orion quartet Says:

    What’s up to every one, the contents present at this website are actually amazing for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

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