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1) A London, UK post-punk band formed in 1978 by Rico Conning, Jo Forty, Nick Cash and Mick Linehan. Their song “White Night” was covered by Brix Smith’s Adult Net. They released the Ultramarine album in 1983 (notable for its last track being the first track played backwards)
Between 1978 and 1983, The Lines released 5 singles, 1 EP and 2 LPs to mixed reviews and little sales. One reviewer at the time noted that “The stumbling block for instant accolades seems to be the puzzling paradox that these are lasting pieces of work which require several listens before they finally take root in your soul. ” Sure enough, anybody who’s spent enough time with these records has developed a cult-like devotion to The Lines. Over the years, these few records have become rare and expensive collector’s items. Their music possesses an angular and melodic thoughtfulness and precision that brings to mind Wire, Joy Division, the Feelies or Mission of Burma.
Although they played shows with bands like The Cure, Bauhaus, The Sound and Birthday Party, and featured members of prag Vec and Alternative TV, they were never part of any scene. They never toured and rarely spoke to the press. For 5 years they rehearsed, performed and recorded to little acclaim, leaving only 8 releases on vinyl. While unappreciated in their time, they perfectly encapsulate the best qualities of the era: angst-ridden angularity, danceable catchiness, sublime dub-influenced atmospherics, sonic experimentation and killer hooks, with an unrivalled consistency.

2) The Lines are a four-piece anthemic indie rock band consisting of Dean Bate (Lead Guitar), Dave “Paddy” O’Connor (Drums and Samples), Alex Ohm (Vocals and Guitar) and Danny Pease (Bass Guitar).


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  • flashbleu

    Similar artists - not that lot. Landfill indie sucks.

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    terribly underrated band [3] why am i just now discovering this--and why has no one else ??!![2] :\ Their last CD are damn great! <3

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    cool postpunk...lots of ideas here...

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Namey

    "stripe" has to be one of my favorite songs of all time [2]

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • MrFinnegan91

    Great Perfomance in brixton! :)

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • freezZa

    Glorious Aftermath

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • OhmyStrogg

    omg this site's plagued by spam lol

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • jemly

    why am i just now discovering this--and why has no one else ??!!

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • foolishwolf

    terribly underrated band [2] terribly indeed

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • p0wer_v1olence

    "stripe" has to be one of my favorite songs of all time

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • CrazyElka

    like "blow a kiss"

    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • flashbleu

    First time I'd heard of the Lines was because of the Adult Net's version of White Night

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • sofivillanueva

    amo a esta bandaa!

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • sofivillanueva

    fines de los 70

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • foolishwolf

    The Lines from the 80s are fantastic and went completely unnoticed and appreciated. Some really good post-punk on the album Flood Bank.

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
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    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • danselzer

    There was some film somewhere, don't know if it had sound. I need to follow up with that.

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • mrrogers8213

    sooo underated, does anyone have a link to a video of them playing live, the rico conning band not the new one? That would be so amazing to see.

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
  • flashbleu

    New Lines cd "Flood Bank" is out now featuring both of their albums on cd for the first time. Woohoo!

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • tenrapid

    ooh, quite nice - thanks flashbleu!

    7 Nov 2008 Reply
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