(Bunkerpop - BP003) LP $17.00 (Out-of-stock)
Reacting to the punk bands in Utrecht at the time of the original release of their debut album (1981), this Dutch quartet embraced an approach slower, darker, and more bass-driven than on their Dead Excitement EP from 1980 (reissued by Bunkerpop in 2011). Heino L’Ortye’s bass is the lead melodic instrument here, while Gang Of Four-inspired attacks issue from Marcel Uffing’s guitar. Drummer Ron van Asperen churns the heaviness in different directions, particularly on tracks like “Birds” and “My Ideal Man.” But it’s Jos de Groot’s thoughtful lyrics and unique voice that separate the group from rest; his delivery is distant but honest, with a tone that makes you feel like he’s seen things you don’t and may never understand. Check out “My Ideal Man” here: http://youtu.be/-SAG_xk-wQ0
(Bunkerpop) 7-inch $8.00 (Out-of-stock)
Reissue of the first seven by Dutch post-punkers, originally self-released in 1981 with appropriated Rock Against Records logo. If later material is comparable to Joy Division, this could be considered their Warsaw-era: rhythm-driven, upbeat punk with a dark vibe, pulsing with jagged guitars and snarled yet blasé vocals. Includes all original artwork, extra photos and a band history by an original member.