Nuttier than a squirrel's turd Happiness And Contempt / Montage Morte by Null And Void. Medical Records re-mastered and reissued this following the resurgence of interest in post-punk heritage. Happiness And Contempt / Montage Morte is a barrage of dystopian synths, bombastic vocals and angular guitars. It's post-punk at it's most intense. LP out on blue coloured vinyl.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 31 October 2014
Null and Void were an experimental post punk synth band from California who released two albums, one in 1980 and one in 1982. As the albums are both pretty short they have both been squeezed onto a slab of vinyl one on each side.
Like a lot of these re-issue from the early ‘80’s there is always plenty of comic nostalgia for the era that makes them a worthwhile listen but only rarely is there a feeling of a ‘lost classic’ being saved from terminal obscurity. This certainly ain’t no lost classic but fans of that weird period of new wave between punk and synth-pop will find much to enjoy in the bands attempts to marry complicated rhythms and futuristic synth. The influences could pretty much be summed up in one word - Devo although there’s a sleazy Suicide/Cramps feel to many of the songs which on the first album ‘Montage Morte’ appear to have been recorded live to tape recorder.
The second album ‘Happiness and Contempt’ sees them upping their game both in terms of arrangements and production. ‘All the Old Humans’ sees them replicating early 70’s Roxy Music but by the time they’ve got to ‘Procreation’ and the closing ‘Revlon/Good Buy’ they now achieve their goal and sound exactly like Devo. It’s a fun document of the stuff people got up to in those days armed with fuzzy guitars, a new fangled synth and a grab bag of ideas.
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