English electronics genius Attrition return with a collection of rarities that are bound to intrigue and to amaze. The compilation, titled Demonstro: 1982-1985 will be released on CD by Peripheral Minimal on 14 February 2014.
Attrition were formed in 1982 in Coventry. With veteran Martin Bowes always on the helm, Attrition have been in uninterrupted existence through various incarnations ever since. One of the first bands to experiment with electronic sound and post-modern soundscapes under the umbrella of the punk rock rags, they have achieved legendary status and not without good reason.
Now, this compilation takes us to the very beginnings of the band (as the title tells). Demonstro: 1982-1985 is described as a definitive collection of 20 of the rarest Attrition songs, with previously unreleased tracks, demos and alternate versions.
Attrition’s main man Martin Bowes speaks of the collection: “So many experiments with analogue synths, drum machines, tape loop, bass guitar and effects… Many of these tracks were released on cassette compilations at the time and two of them on our very first vinyl release- a 2-track flexi disc with Adventures In Reality fanzine in 1982. But there were a lot of tracks that never did get released back then… some were demos, some just never found a home at the time. For the last 30 years I have been carrying boxes of those cassettes around with me as I travelled around the UK, and Holland briefly… I’ve spent a lot of time selecting the best and cleaning them up in my studio from the old cassette mixes, and in some cases from the original 4-track tapes… It’s time to put these to bed. I hope you enjoy this little slice of our life.”
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