Boomkat Product Review:
Stone cold classic wave gear from the top shelf; Grauzone’s influential debut reenters orbit for a comprehensively expanded, 40th anniversary reissue reminder
Recorded in Bern, Switzerland, 1981 Grauzone are perhaps best loved for two prime reasons; the all time wave club classic, ‘Eisbär’, and the high velocity zinger ‘Film 2’, which both take pride of place in this newly expanded edition - packing the full album plus all other songs from their discography, all sourced from original tapes.
While the band was extant for only a few years in the early ‘80s, their songs have endured to become canonic, evergreen examples of that phase circa NDW, New Wave, early EBM. Fact fans may be interested to know that the band’s Mauro Repetto went on to record many other projects, notably the Synectics records fro Rephlex that got reissued by WRWTFWW’s Musique Pour La Danse sublabel in 2018.
So, aside from the well known nuggets, they’ve also included sweet treats such as the NDW charm ‘Ich Liebe Sie’, the spiky jag of ‘Moskau’, a punkier razz named ‘Ein Tanz Mit Dem Tod’, and more club-ready gear in the revving, Hooky-esque bassline of ‘Raum’, plus appearance of the rare as chuff ‘Film1’ from one of their final releases in 1983.