Boomkat Product Review:
Epic boxed set crammin stacks of early recordings, albums, compilations cuts and single tracks by industrial agitators SPK - made during their first five years of action - in the ultimate Dokument 1979 - 1983. Worth noting that the tracklisting of this boxset runs differently to the 2008 release, Dokument III0 1979-1983.
SPK was an Australian industrial band formed in 1978 in Sydney by Graeme Revell and Neil Hill, being one of the earliest, most extreme and most influential industrial, noise, post-punk art projects. By 1983 the band was joined by other artists such as Sinan Revell, Brian 'Lustmord' Williams, John Murphy, Karel Van Bergen, Mike Wilkins, James Pinker. Without any doubt S.P.K.'s early stage from 78 to first half of 1983 and its releases such as Information Overload and Leichenschrei can be considered as ground-breaking and protagonistic for a whole industrial-music-movement to come.
SPK can be considered as influencial as other Industrial-Super-Groups such as Throbbing Gristle, Clock DVA or Cabaret Voltaire and there is no way to come-around this band when talking about the Industrial-Music-Movement.
Drawn from mixing desk masters, found recordings and studio takes, this Box Set covers the band’s nascent, exploratory phase of grimacing noise and cold, hard rhythms shot thru with chilling samples and the kind of blackened electronics which placed them in the same category as TG, Cabaret Voltaire or Clock DVA, all before band-member Graeme Revill began driving the group toward synth-pop and dance music post-1984.
The 1st disc features the brute, primal jabs and cranky sample textures of Information Overload Unit (1980) and disc 2 compiles their trio of nigh on impossible-to-find punk 7”s Factory / No More / Mekano (1979 - 1981) for a fascinating and very rare run-out.
Disc 3 stars their seminal, nightmarish Leichenschrei (1982) album which really pricked the wider Industrial consciousness upon original release, and appears here alongside a full disc 4 of roiling, spitting, buzzing Backing Tracks for Leichenschrei (1982) exclusive to this compilation.
Also of interest to completists, historians and SPK über fans, disc 5’s Other Studio and Compilation Tracks (1981-1983) reveals some of their choicest, harder-to-find highlights such as the slow, sexy Metal Field alongside straight essentials Another Dark Age and Twilight of The Idols or their US studio recording of The Sickness.
Disc 6 contrasts mixing desk recordings made in London’s Heaven and Electric Ballroom (1982-1983), whilst disc 7 serves a previously unheard haul of backing tracks for those shows including some amazing component parts for Another Dark Age among a brace of skeletal proto-techno and tribal steppers, and the bonus 7” features audience recordings of Haiti and In the Dying Moments made during same sessions.