Boomkat Product Review:
Featuring material that's been out of print since the early '80s, this album by post-punks The Lines collects the band's recorded work between 1978 and 1983, including all their singles and EPs, plus unreleased tracks. The Lines are clearly one of those bands who had slipped through the cracks in recent music history, despite being contemporaries of Wire, Mission Of Burma and other such new wave staples. Memory Span highlights the career of a band whose disappearance and all-round lack of legacy seems inexplicable. There's an undoubted accessibility to this music that guarantees an enduring appeal, with the early selections fulfilling the quota of rough-edged guitar pop, while tracks further down the line get a little more experimental, with memorable drum machine experiments like 'Nerve Pylon' and the no-wave style rhythm tracks like 'House Of Cracks' and 'Old Town'.