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Shriekback is an band that was 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). Though perhaps short lived, the group is known today for the evergreen left-of-the-dial track “Nemesis”, which came out in 1985. Influenced by many styles from to music and more. their songs also were featured in the cult thriller film ’Manhunter’.

At first, they enjoyed some success on the charts on their original Y Records label, releasing material such as 1983’s ‘Care’, but the guys left for the big time on Arista Records for 1984’s ‘Jam Science’. Finding little success there, they switched to Island Records for the next year’s breakout, ‘Oil & Gold’. This album signaled a shift for the band, with Carl Marsh leaving the group and rockers Martyn Barker and Lu Edmonds joining what was now Andrews’ vehicle. Indeed, Allen left the band after the followup, ‘Big Night Music’, came about, 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 went on to serve in the band Happyhead. Both Allen and Marsh did return to the studio to contribute to the recording of Shriekback’s 2003 release, titled ‘Having a Moment’.


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  • wangyu199x

    so underrated

    17 Jun 9:06am Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    This Big Hush incredible song !

    5 May 4:47pm Reply
  • snowfaller

    New Carl Marsh project:

    13 Mar 10:07pm Reply
  • Deadalus_DX

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

    8 Feb 2014 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
  • 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
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