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1 review »Compilations are usually either a cynical exploitative cash in or an impassioned round up of a key artists career, giving folk a rounded appraisal of a forgotten body of great work. There's not many defunct groups that I haven't by the age of 34 had the chance to enjoy or be utterly blown away by. The older I get, the less new guitar music thrills me. Fair do's, let the kids have their fun bu ... »

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Afterwards ('79 - '83) by Artery
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 15 November 2006
Compilations are usually either a cynical exploitative cash in or an impassioned round up of a key artists career, giving folk a rounded appraisal of a forgotten body of great work. There's not many defunct groups that I haven't by the age of 34 had the chance to enjoy or be utterly blown away by. The older I get, the less new guitar music thrills me. Fair do's, let the kids have their fun but what I want is music that rattles my head, sinks it's teeth in & won't let go. I wallow in the post punk/new wave scene of the late 70s to the early 80s cos it gives me all the thrills I crave. Nothing prepared me for the absolute genius that is ARTERY though. Saw some footage of them on a Plexifilm documentary about the Sheffield post punk boom & I was transfixed. Wiry, off kilter rhythms CHECK, manic possessed singer CHECK, itchy tribal, clattering drum patterns CHECK, winding, creepy bass CHECK. We've got this compilation called 'Afterwards' on Spinney & it fucking rocks from start to finish. I can't get enough. I can't believe the guitarist ended up in The Mission for Christ's sake. All I can say is if you love Joy Division, early Wire, Magazine & Pulp (yes. PULP - Jarvis was obsessed with them, & Peel was a huge fan) then you have to buy this astonishing album. The songs are very evocative & original. Every tune is a lost classic, the running order blends the evolving styles beautifully as they became more classy & baroque (that's where the Magazine - minus the hilarious prog wibblings - & Pulp comparisons come in. I don't think 'His & Hers' would have sounded anything like it was were it not for this bunch of darkly strange & delicious misfits) Made up of early singles, Peel session tracks, 6 brilliant unreleased demos & a couple of class album cuts, 'Afterwards' is a perfect starting point for my new obsession. I now want everything they've ever done because they make my heart burst. I don't know who to thank for this but it's made my month. Album of the week my friends. CD only

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