Right, this is absolutely essential. Nocturnal Projections were the original post punk band of brothers Graeme and Peter Jeffries (This Kind of Punishment/The Cake Kitchen/solo) and though they never released an album in their lifetime, they deserve to be placed alongside post-punk legends such as Joy Division, Wire and the Fall. This collects all their studio recordings in one place for the first time.
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While the UK had Joy Division, PIL, the Sound and loads more long raincoated miseries to soundtrack the bleak early 80's, in Dunedin, NZ Nocturnal Projections were doing the same. Based around brothers Peter and Graeme Jeffries (who went on to further glories with This Kind of Punishment, the Cakekitchen and solo) Nocturnal Projections caught the pair at their most raw, visceral and dynamic.
Theirs was a similar bass driven sound as their UK compatriots with slash and burn guitars, kinetic drumming and the Lydon-esque vocal howl of Peter Jeffries lurching atop. But despite the similarities these are no Joy Division copyists. Nocturnal Projections sound has a softer quality that would point to their later quieter work as This Kind of Punishment. They aren't as metallic and bleak as Curtis & co, tracks like difficult days have a folky quality to them and a plaintive feel which especially on the guitar intro to 'Out of My Hands' signposts the guitar sting of early REM. Later tracks like 'Nerve Ends in Power Lines' and 'In Purgatory' are very similar to early the Skids, the guitars having a very similar feel to Stuart Adamson's inventive playing.
They didn't ever release a full length record in their lifetime but this collection of EPs and 7"s works nicely as what could have been a classic album of the era.
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