Shriekback

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This art-funk outfit originally evolved around a three-man nucleus of ex-Gang Of Four member Dave Allen (December 1955, England; bass), Carl Marsh (guitar/vocals; ex-Out On Blue Six), plus Barry Andrews (b. 12 September 1956, West Norwood, London, England; keyboards/vocals), previously with XTC, Robert Fripp’s League Of Gentlemen and Restaurant For Dogs. The trio fused funk and rock with a unique and complex rhythmic approach, creating a distinctive and influential sound. The first fruits of this project came in 1982 with the Tench EP and then ‘Sexthinkone’ on the Y label, but it was the next two singles, ‘My Spine (Is the Bassline)’ (1982) and ‘Lined Up’ (1983), which established the band’s trademark complex rhythms and chanted vocals. The single ‘Working On The Ground’ helped secure a recording contract with Arista Records, who released Shriekback’s second album Jam Science in 1984. The album, which featured...

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