The materials gathered on Poets End were all originally recorded thanks to the benevolence of John Peel between 1979 and 1981, Peel doing his usual excellent job of documenting crucial slices of the underground. Visitors were an excellent post-punk gang after all. 4 of these recordings have never been released before, and the rest aren't easy to find. 1000 copies.
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LP on Telephone Explosion. Edition of 1000 copies.
Them's the breaks innit? Visitors are a fabulously forgotten Edinburgh post punk crew who probably had everything in place to be massive. A snarling vicious sound, nasty guitars twirling everywhere, scary dystopian lyrics and the backing of John Peel. Totally forgotten but we all remember Jimmy the Hoover don't we? Don't we??
Anyway from the bits and bats of this much required compilation that I can find online, they have a guitar sound that would give Gang of Four a run for it's money, tangled, twanging and twitching over melodic, almost funky basslines and a singer who is very, very angry indeed. I'm also reminded of the hazardous scratch of Josef K and the early pummelling dark rock of Joy Division. This compiles all their collectible singles as well as some outtakes from the era.
I may have found my new favourite post punk racket makers.
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