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Factrix was a pioneering industrial music group from the U.S. city of San Francisco, formed in 1978 by members Bond Bergland, Cole Palme, and Joseph T. Jacobs.

As Factrix, the group released a number of subversive and ‘dangerous’ recordings in the early 1980s. Their first LP, “Scheintot”, was a document of morbid, moody, and subtle experimental rock that is as eerily unsettling today as it must have been way back in 1981 when it was initially released. The live LP California Babylon (1982) was a collaboration with Monte Cazazza that remains a rough and violent selection of guitar-noise deconstructions and primitive machine-noise rumblings. Conversely, the Empire Of Passion/Splice Of Life 7” single was a marvelously sinister bit of apocalyptic sound-poetry and industrial soundscaping…”

- Excerpt from “Industrial Nation” magazine

FACTRIX was a pioneering experimental/Industrial music group from San Francisco circa 1978-‘82 who formed from the ashes of another seminal post-punk act, MINIMAL MAN.
Members: Bond Bergland, Cole Palme, Joseph T. Jacobs
Frequent collaborators included Monte Cazazza, Ruby Ray (visuals/projectionist), Tana Emmolo-Smith, Survival Research Labs/SRL (Mark Pauline, Matt Heckert), and Minimal Man (Patrick Miller).

Factrix the group released a number of experimental industrial and gothic rock recordings in the early 1980s. Their first 7” single, “Empire Of Passion/Splice Of Life” balanced sound-poetry with minimalist rock, using tape permutations and found percussion to evoke bleak and droning walls of sound. The first full-length LP, “Scheintot”, expanded on the directions taken with their first single, creating a morbid, moody, and subtle experimental rock album that was highly innovative for its time.

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  • RussellChap

    good stuff

    Yesterday 12:17pm Reply
  • miki-7

    beyond words

    5 Jan 10:50am Reply
  • IAmDillin

    You guys should check out the Live At Target split live record feat. Factrix

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Razielek

    Both albums will be reissued in month from now. At last!

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • insomniacme

    totally

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • JPhimister

    Someone needs to reissue Scheintot asap! Such a superb album!

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    so few listeners is because its almost impossible to get a copy of Artifakt

    31 May 2010 Reply
  • MechanoFraktur

    Argghh what i would do to get my hands on a copy of Artifact >:[

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Bruscolino

    Less than one thousand listeners... The world needs more Factrix.

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Jgoyle

    They are indeed among the early industrial greats in my mind at least and Cole is a very friendly and unpretentious individual with whom I have had the pleasure of corresponding with via email. The members have discussed working together again although, it was a year ago I spoke with Cole and I never heard what came of that... I'm pretty sure there was at least a one-off performance in the Bay area in 2008.

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    they're play count is so low because the only re-issue was artifakt, and it's long out of print

    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • li-szaj

    # steve112sms # indeed, but mr cazazza isn't bad at all. love both ssss <3

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • steve112sms

    What an underrated part of the early industrial scene. 645 listeners? Even their cohort Monte Cazazza has 2750+ and they're way better than him.

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • FIREandIRON

    What!? No "Silver River"? That's a shame...

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • spankythedog

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iec6JsgMVN8&feature=related Factrix, Subterfuge live at Target 1980 on YouTube

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • DrCaligari

    nice

    17 Feb 2008 Reply
  • darewon

    Beginning To See The Light Velvet Underground cover is sublime.

    29 Mar 2007 Reply
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