Swell Maps Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Similar to Swell Maps:
The Fall, Wire, Suicide, The Feelies, Mission Of Burma, The Raincoats, Young Marble Giants, Magazine, Josef K, Pere Ubu, Kleenex, Half Japanese
Jowe Head is a fellow whose work is threaded through many years of the UK’s underground: he was in Television Personalities, Swell Maps, Househunters and various other entities, and Cabinet Of Curios compiles highlights from throughout his busy weird-pop career, with released and unreleased tracks from 1981 to 2014! Double LP on Munster.
Epic Soundtracks is Kevin Godfrey, who in turn was one of two brothers at the core of post-punkers Swell Maps. Film Soundtracks is some of his solo material, which tends to be more intimate than his punky drumming work. Spend some time with it thanks to Troubadour, who are releasing Film Soundtracks in CD and LP editions.
Swell Maps were one of post-punk's noisiest and most irreverent start-ups, oblivious to song structures and exercising pop music quite accidentally. What's weirder than a weird Swell Maps song, though? Try their blueprints: Archive Recordings Volume 1: Wastrels And Whippersnappers is the band in home studio mode, throwing off demos and estranged cuts. Twice removed pop music is what it is.
Often regarded as the best, first and last entry point to Swell Maps, International Rescue gets the reissue treatment to secure them a new generation of fans. Compiled by Nikki Sudden himself it showcases the band at its best, fusing punk attitude and rock posturing to timeless effect. Out on vinyl LP from Alive.
Disbanded in 1980 after recording just two albums, Swell Maps were a pre-DIY band who played homemade instruments under the influence of Can and Marc Bolan. They have remained relatively unknown outside of their original fan base in spite of being sighted as a big influence by experimental indie-rock and post punk bands such as Pavement, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. This record is a compilation that focuses on the more experimental side of their music.