• lines Memory Span (CD, £4.50)

    label: Acute

    Essential early 80s UK Post Punk that has been out of print since the early 80s. Acuteís first Lines reissue, "Memory Span," collects all of their singles and EPs, as well as unreleased tracks, representing 5 years in the growth of one of the most interesting bands of the era. Their music evolved from skeletal and taut post-punk scorchers to atmospherically recorded dubbed out bliss.The singles possess an angular and melodic thoughtfulness and precision that bring to mind Wire, Joy Division, the Feelies and Mission of Burma. Between 1978 and 1983,The Lines released 5 singles, 1 EP and 2 LPs. Over the years, these few records have become rare and expensive collectorís items - never released on CD until now. Although they played shows with bands like The Cure, Bauhaus and Birthday Party, and featured members of prag Vec and AlternativeTV, they were never part of any scene. They never toured and rarely spoke to the press. They perfectly encapsulate the best qualities of the era: angst-ridden angularity, danceable catchiness, sublime dub-influenced atmospherics, sonic experimentation and killer hooks, with an unrivalled consistency. Rico Conning from the Lines went on to work with many well-known groups such as Depeche Mode, Front 242 and Wire. Features a deluxe colour 16 page booklet featuring liner notes with discography info and artwork Tracklisting: White Night, 2. OnThe Air, 3. Not Through Windows, 4. Dance For A Drop Of Blood, 5. Blisstability, 6. Uneasy Affair, 7. Donít Need Surgery, 8. 2 Split Seconds, 9. False Alarm 10. Background, 11. Cool Snap, 12. Nerve Pylon, 13. OverThe Brow, 14.Transit, 15. Part II 16. House Of Cracks, 17. OldTown, 18. Barbican


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