Authentic home-crafted DIY weird-pop from Instant Automatons. Clicking drum machines and lo-fi guitars support and/or undermine the band’s sweet songs with strange little touches. Sincerely Making A Noise hoovers up various tracks from rare cassettes and EPs, pressing them up to vinyl in an edition of 300. On the Burka For Everybody label.
LP £14.99 B.F.E.34
LP on Burka For Everybody. Edition of 300 copies.
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For those folks whose primary music experience was listening to John Peel under the bed clothes in the early '80s the recent splurge of re-issues of lost bands from the post punk era is most welcome.
Instant Automatons were leaders in the cassette underground of the era where tapes were advertised for sale in the back pages of NME (see also: Cleaners from Venus). This compilation dusts off curiosities from their entire archive of LPs, cassettes and veers from naive underground pop ('Catacomb') to lo-fi the Fall ish rants ('Short Haired Man'). There's something of the Mark E Smith about singer Mark Lancaster and the album is full of extremely lo-fi compositions using cheap guitar, drum machines and buzzing synths. It's kind of like Jilted John meets the Homosexuals and at times the naivety is hilarious but there's always something interesting both lyrically and musically.
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