Winter: Formed from two dissolved bands, Indianhead's unlikely quartet starts working on new material with the sole aim of actually performing live. Influenced by the US and Canadian hardcore and industrial explosion, with Britain's own ON-U Sound and PiL the basis for extra bite, Indianhead take a minimalist approach. Despite the four piece using very little electronic technology, beyond effects for guitar and vocals, a mechanical style is encouraged, with repetitive drumming, basslines and a taut song structure.
Indianhead's ambition is fulfilled as they perform live twice with the original line-up. Wade Brown is replaced by Mick Grierson after lifestyle differences are revealed. Indianhead then work on their first EP, Filth. Recorded in Dean Selby's bedroom over a weekend and mastered onto cassette. Sycophant Records shows interest in releasing an Indianhead mini album and then changes its mind through the medium of silence.
Indianhead play The Princess Charlotte supporting Pitchshifter and The Tunnel Frenzies. They play the Charlotte again supporting the Scum Pups at the end of the year, with new member and long-term friend Ben Squires, after a support slot with Pigface falls through at the last minute.
The five-piece Indianhead complete their second EP, 322, recorded in Shepshed and mastered onto Indianhead's recently acquired DAT machine. Indianhead support Fudge Tunnel at Nottingham Poly where Sentrax's John Everall discusses releasing an Indianhead album, which eventually falls through due to distributor problems and the fact that it's cheaper for Sentrax to make monotonal ambient albums. This is confirmed with more silence.
Indianhead continue to send and sell 322 whilst working on new material. After replying to an advert in The Melody Maker, Indianhead receives interest from Germany's Dynamica label, home of faux homoerotic retro-electro outfit, Cubanate.
Indianhead begin contract negotiations with Dynamica and the initial meeting proves a success. Work on the demos for the album continues, whilst waiting for Dynamica's contract. Unfortunately Indianhead hire a music lawyer who actually knows what he's talking about, much to Dynamica's annoyance. Indianhead won't accept Dynamica's initial offer and are then met with the usual full-stop of silence.
The first real transitional period for Indianhead. The studio's analogue tape machine is abandoned for a hard disk recording set-up. The early recordings prove unsuccessful, although the original version of 'In Dead Silence' is completed. During these sessions increasing frustrations within the band results in original member Jason Knight leaving. Rejuvenated by this and finally moving away from a traditional band line-up, Indianhead instantly begin work on 'The Gun Speaks'.
The Gun Speaks is completed and Indianhead debate about self-financing its release. Meanwhile the original financier of Fractal Studios decides to set up his own label. Despite the unfortunate title, Headstone Records schedules 'The Gun Speaks' as the second release on the label.
Indianhead start work on their next album with two tracks completed, Coma and Installation Lie, before Mick Grierson begins his university degree. Grierson soon leaves the band after increasing friction becomes evident.
The Gun Speaks is finally released on Headstone Records, with a pressing of 1,000 copies. Relationships between the band and the label become strained after a lacklustre promotion and little information regarding album sales and money received is provided.
A hard drive failure losing Indianhead's entire library of sounds forces the band to start from scratch on The Strongest Weapon. Despite this, the first few tracks are written quickly with the recent problems swept aside.
The Strongest Weapon's recording sessions become more sporadic, as the three remaining members of Indianhead endure acute health problems, the birth of children, house buying and university degrees. Still, the album is finally completed in 2003.
A quiet year for Indianhead results in just one new track being finished, whilst the artwork and release plans for The Strongest Weapon are decided. The new track, 'Weak', demonstrates a change back to more guitars and a tighter structure, although still with a firm electronic basis.
Indianhead's website is redesigned alongside the release of The Strongest Weapon.
Indianhead continue work on their, as yet untitled, third album…