Working And Shopping pushes underappreciated 80s Mancunians Tools You Can Trust back into what might, at a push, be called the spotlight. Making post-punk / no wave music, but almost entirely without guitars (awesome!), the band’s sound is a very percussive and original one. Very nice. This LP compiles 7”s, 12”s, and Peel Sessions.
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- B.F.E.29 / Limited 180g vinyl compilation LP on Burka For Everybody. Remastered audio - Edition of 270 copies
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Hidden somewhere in mid ‘80s Manchester were Tools You Can Trust - a post-punk, post industrial band who barely used guitars but instead spent their time making fascinating politicised pop out of hitting sheets of metal. It’s the most unusual sound and listening to it with the benefit of history it stands out for sounding like absolutely no-one at all.
I suppose if anything it’s a cross between the harsh edges of ‘Flowers of Romance’ era PIL married to the danceable punk funk of A Certain Ratio and vocally there are hints at the dark crooning of of Suicide’s Alan Vega. In fact opener ‘Show Your Teeth features a kind of breathless barking where the vocals would normally go but this incendiary music is both unnerving and rather thrilling. With instruments such as metal cutter, pneumatic drill and metal drums listed on the sleeve, you can sort of see what they were up to but they used these things to make captivating rhythms rather than just a racket.
Not always an easy listen - its extremely discomforting but also utterly fascinating.
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