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Boomkat Product Review:
Necessary reissue of Irish punk bullets by Stano’s legendary Dublin band The Threat, recorded and produced by Planxty’s Donal Lunny, and newly augmented with an unreleased Stano nugget
First brought to cult, wider attention via inclusion on the amazing ‘Strange Passion: Explorations in Irish Post Punk DIY and Electronic Music 1980-1983’ compilation in 2012, The Threat’s aggy zinger ‘The High Cost of Living’ has been a firm favourite ever since, and its lyrics and revving bass simply hit harder than ever in light of contemporary context. However the A-side’s is newer to our ears and fits in a more melodic, rousing category of Irish pop-punk songwriting, and likewise shades away from earliest Joy Division. The other strong reason to jump straight on it, though, is Stano’s mindbending 1979 miniature of soured synth and backcombed vocal loops ‘Demo Above the Foggy Dew’, which should be of keen interest to anyone smitten with ‘Content to Write in I Dine Weathercraft’ and his works with Michael O’Shea. And Planxty’s Donal Lunny completes a trifecta of legendary Irish reference points on the EP, admirably providing his recording and production services for free to a band hungry to get their music out there, as they would self-fund and distribute the final product around their native Dublin, with a few copies ending up in Rough Trade London, and achieve legendary status long after.