Photo © by Maria Mochnacz
Before she was signed to
Too Pure records,
was a full time member of Bristol's AUTOMATIC DLAMINI.
They were fronted by John Parish, who worked with Polly on a lot of her early solo material, played guitar with some of the later incarnations of the Polly Harvey Blues Explosion, and has had a wide and varied musical career both before and since working with Dorset's best-known songstress.
John's official website is here. Nice tape recorder, John!
At that time, Polly's first biography read like this:
Polly Jean Harvey:
19 years old, has been making music now for about two years; starting off in her own band based in Dorset, which played frequently for about six months.
In July 1988, she was invited to join the Bristol-based band, 'Automatic Dlamini', as a guitar/saxophone player and backing vocalist, and has been a member of this band ever since. They have just returned from a two-week tour of east and West Germany and Spain, and embarked on a tour of Poland in October 1988. An album is due to be recorded in August 1989, possibly featuring one of Polly's songs, 'Heaven', but mostly jointly-written songs by 'Automatic Dlamini'.
Despite being a member of 'Automatic Dlamini', Polly continues to write and record her own songs, and keeps the idea of a solo project in mind for the future.
Unfortunately, they never got the success or recognition they deserved.
Their second album here, catch shouted his father (self-funded) never got released, despite all the work they put into promoting it. Here is a picture of the track-listing on the cassette insert.