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New York, United States (1979 – 1983, 2007 – present)

Ike Yard was founded in 1979 in New York. Members are Stuart Argabright, Kenny Compton (bass/vocals), Fred Szymanski (synthesizers/ programming) and Michael Diekmann (guitar).

Influenced by their punk upbringing, schooling, and surroundings in early ,- but not beholden to any genre - Ike Yard managed to create a new sound. By tapping into equal parts the experimentation of Can, the of DAF and the UK dub of Public Image Ltd. and Joy Division they created sounds and songs unique enough to catch the attention of Factory Records, who made them their first American signing.

But what really set Ike Yard apart were their cutting edge techniques. The mixing board and effects processors were as important as the bass, synth or occasional guitar, giving Ike Yard an aggressive and propulsive sound, where drum machines beat against the sound of scrap metal and angular guitar slashes darted through arpeggiated synth patterns.

The band dissolved in 1983 and Argabright went on to form Black Rain. The re-release of the early material on Acute Records in 2006 created a renewed interest in Ike Yard. The group reformed in 2007 and released the 2010 album Nord on the French Desire Records. In 2012 and 2013 the band released three EPs containing remixes of tracks from their eponymous 1982 album (a.k.a. “A Second” or “A Second A Fact”) by contemporary artists such as Vessel, Powell, Tropic of Cancer, The KVB and Regis. These releases were compiled into the 2014 album Remixed (A Second).


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  • hudgie

    2015 and this rules!

    19 Apr 3:06am Reply
  • hazebass7

    This is absolutely fantastic! Never have I heard any band sound like this, which is an indicator as being one of the greats. Truly a stand out in the no wave scene

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MsDom

    IY Remix Ep #1 pretty much SO , gone. Desire reissue of Factory 1982 LP second pressing Remix Ep #2 coming v soon ! Unreleased cuts on 2 Comps ( see shout out below ) out now ... And new album just completed basic tracks #13 & 14 last night .

    7 May 2013 Reply
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  • MsDom

    Ike Yard in effect : Factory LP reissue + remix Ep's : 2012 REGIS/ MONOTON + 2013 #2 Tropic Of Cancer / Recombinant ( Fred Szymanski IY ) / Robotini (Black Strobe ) #3 ' ? ' All new album underway , Ash & Bone 12" collab , Electric Voice Comp. w unreleased IY "Elysians" Complete Control Prod "...Volcano" Comp. Mixes for Subject yourself & Electronic Explorations ...

    2 Apr 2013 Reply

    A cool discovery *__*

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MsDom

    Ike Yard rare Europe & UK shows coming !!! 9/22 Brussels tba + Ldn, Manc, Paris tbc also Ike Yard US dates 2012 - 2013 , contact the group

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MsDom

    and here 'tis > 2 new tracks - a little preview of mid tempo cuts from the next album >

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Cthulberg

    Virtual single out now on everythingischemical.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MsDom

    2 IY releases on the works - * A reissue of the Factory Records America album- this time w choice remixers * All new album, following 2010's "Nord". More dense, double bts, light & dark, guest female vocalese. * Virtual 7" coming . 2 mid tempo tracks "Milles Filles" ( translates as 'thousand girls') and "Elysians" to be available free on EVERYTHINGISCHEMICAL site in Jan.

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • chewtoy

    Finding out they're back and recording again just made my day.

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Ike Yard I really like 'em

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MsDom

    Dancing and Slaving recently cited by John Foxx

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MsDom

    Ike Yard Factory Album to be rereleased w new mixes & remixers - that's the current plan. We're stoked !

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MsDom

    All new Ike Yard virtual 7" of 2 new tracks coming up at EverythingIsChemical ! And the new musik is wicked

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MsDom

    Ike now doing sessions for another album, post - "Nord" from 2010

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
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    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MsDom

    Blank City in the NY Times >

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MsDom

    "Night After Night" appears in the soundtrack for "Blank City" which has an opening party Tue's April 5 NYC. The docu's well worth seeing ...

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
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