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Spasmodic Caress

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Spasmodic Caress were an English post punk/New Wave band that played many gigs along the East coast and in Ipswich, Colchester and London between 1979 and 1984. They recorded a track for the 4AD 12” compilation Presage(s) in 1980 and also released an album on Falling A Records(www.dynamitevision.com)(www.myspace.com/spasmodiccaress). Talking about 4AD records, they have a good web site that’s worth a look (www.4ad.com). Anyhow, Falling A have taken the original cassettes that these tracks were recorded on and re-mastered them for CD. Tracks 7 to 14 are from an audience cassette recording, when the band supported Bauhaus. It doesn’t sound too bad although it’s obvious that it’s a bootleg recording. The band themselves sound like a cross between New Wave and the Ska/Two-Tone movement. The singer almost speaks the words. It is a good example of the embryonic beginnings of the new Wave movement and the notion that there was more to rock than anger, shouting and 3 chords. Saying that, this offering is one for those who are pretty clued up and fans of this era.

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