This is the second of a three LP trilogy of releases from Andrew Hargreaves, an extraordinarily haired man who if you are paying attention you'll know is also in The Boats. Here, he explores a love of industrial techno, four to the floor kick drums and noise pushed waaaay into the red. Fans of Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle and Wolfgang Voigt will find much to enjoy. Limited edition blue vinyl of 300.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 27 March 2015
I’ve been really looking forward to this second installment in a trilogy from Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats powerful industrial techno meets rhythmic noise/ power electronics alias - Beppu. There’s echoes of Throbbing Gristle in the artwork and even the records title ‘Persuasion’ brings to mind TG’s ‘Discipline’ and ‘Convincing People’, and are also in keeping with William S. Burroughs’ obsession with control. However they actually pay tribute to J.A.C. Brown’s 1963 book on brainwashing, ‘Techniques of Persuasion’. So basically aesthetically exploring similar themes to the 80’s industrial cassette underground. Sonically things are just as grubby with tape hiss adding to the murk.
Brain rupturing, slamming machine rhythms caked in foggy clouds of industrial smog conjure monochrome images of future city’s in decay. Intense, noisy yet groovy, the likes of AnD have been playing Beppu tracks out so they’ve been tested on the dancefloor, but there is still much pleasure to be had spinning this record at home. ‘Constructive Discontent’ sounds like some old Belgian rave track as played by Maurizio Bianchi and Chris Carter. You get the picture..
Fans of Adam X, Pan Sonic, AnD, Kerridge, Esplendor Geometrico, Orphx, Shapednoise, Ancient Methods, Alberich etc. should check this out. 300 copies on blue wax. Roll on part three...
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