Demonstro: 1982 - 1985

(Peripheral - PM5) CD $16.50

Twenty primordial tracks — rough outtakes and previously unreleased alternate versions — that burn with desperate intensity. Naked, savage and crudely abrasive, this era of Attrition was extremely minimal. A couple synth lines, some jarring percussion, Martin Bowes bellows, Julia Niblock rasps and wails. The pacing is manic, the production definitely shoe-string. No clever hooks, no catchy choruses. This is the bare bones skeleton of Attrition. The free-form electronic experimentation here predates their later refinements. Highlights include a demo of “Monkey in a Bin” and another take of “Mind Drop.”