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|Tags:||post-punk new wave factory records 80s post punk|
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The nucleus of this Blackpool, Lancashire, England group started in 1977 with brothers Vincent Cassidy (drums, later electronics) and Larry Cassidy (bass, vocals). With the addition of guitarist Paul Wiggin, the groups bleak, bass-heavy sound caught the attention of Joy Divisions manager Rob Gretton and singer Ian Curtis, who together produced the single Girls Dont Count in late 1979. A first album, Always Now, appeared in 1981, produced by Martin Hannett and combining minimalist dance structures with psychedelic-tinged improvisation. Further improvisations formed the basis of The Key Of Dreams, released the following year. By that time Wiggin had left, to be replaced in February 1982 by second drummer Lee Shallcross. Subsequent tours of Europe and the USA relied in part on backing tapes, but still offered a powerful, almost progressive sound, as evidenced on the subsequent Live 1982.. Following a radical re-think in 1983, the...