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Shriekback is an band formed in the early by Barry Andrews, formerly of XTC and The League of Gentlemen (keyboards/synthesizers/vocals), Carl Marsh, formerly of Out On Blue Six (guitars/vocals), and Dave Allen, formerly of the Gang of Four (bass). They took on a wide variety of influences from bands to music and more. Although perhaps short lived, the group is known for the evergreen left-of-the-dial track “Nemesis”, released in 1985.

At first, they enjoyed some success on the dance chart on their original Y Records label, but left for the big time on Arista Records for 1984’s ‘Jam Science’. Finding little success, they switched to Island Records for the next year’s breakout, ‘Oil & Gold’. This album signalled a shift for the band, with Carl Marsh leaving the band and rockers Martyn Barker and Lu Edmonds joining what was now Andrews’ vehicle. Indeed, Allen left the band after the followup, ‘Big Night Music’, and Shriekback remained a collaborative around Andrews.

Dave Allen would go on to play in King Swamp, The Elastic Purejoy, and most recently in the reformed Gang of Four. Carl Marsh was in the band Happyhead. Both Allen and Marsh did return to the studio to contribute to the recording of Shriekback’s 2003 release, ‘Having a Moment’.

Their best-known song is “Nemesis”, which received wide airplay on the indie/college circuit.

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  • Deadalus_DX

    I like this band!! Killer bass, dance rhythms, melodic synths!

    8 Feb 6:49am Reply
  • flashbleu

    Need reissues of Care and Jam Science.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Cylob

    We got all lined up.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • creamsicklesky

    Nemesis needs to be on Spotify :(

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Akatian

    Dat bass.

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ThePeoplesPoet

    Thanks Manhunter for letting me know about this .

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Apination

    Got to know them through the excellent "Disco Not Disco"-compilation which includes My spine is the bassline. If you like shriekback you should check out the comp.

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Woerterbuch

    Just got to know about them via the recommendations radio. These guys deserve more love.

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • overcomed

    You are very good and talented musicians. Guys, love your music from first listen. "Oil & Gold" is one of the most beautiful, inspiring album in music history. With song like "Only Thing That Shines" I'll always believe that good music never dies. Shriekback are cult. Keep the spirit alive.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • zjatteke

    Lined up ... killer bass !

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • deathenergies

    nemesis..great track and amazing video

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Will Graham: I thought you might enjoy the challenge. Find out if you're smarter than the person I'm looking for. / Hannibal Lecter: Then, by implication, you think you're smarter than I am, since it was you who caught me. / Will Graham: No, I know I'm not smarter than you. / Hannibal Lecter: Then how did you catch me? / Will Graham: You had... disadvantages. / Hannibal Lecter: What disadvantages? / Will Graham: You're insane.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Akatian

    Go Bang!

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Spacebel

    My Careful Hands, A Kind of Fascination, Lined Up, Clear Trails & My Spine is the Bass Line

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • perryagain

    ....similar artists - are you kidding!

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Akatian

    They're awesome.

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • gravalicious

    Surprisingly good for clunky sounding 1980s music.

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • snowfaller

    Good to hear Carl's voice again on the new album. Takes me back.

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Otacons_Nachos

    I found and bought the Tench EP on vinyl with some friends at Goodwill and needless to say were extremely surprised and happy to enjoy some awesome post-punk. Great stuff!

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • rubensosatuub

    is there anything more like "coelocanth" and "evaporation" around? please let me know

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
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