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The Sound

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The Sound formed in South London in 1979, shortly after a band called The Outsiders dissolved. It isn’t a very well-distributed fact, but the Outsiders’ 1977 LP Calling on Youth was the first self-released British punk LP, issued roughly four months after Buzzcocks’ infamous Spiral Scratch 7”. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Adrian Borland led the Outsiders through a couple of other releases, but the band sputtered out three years after their 1976 formation. Bassist Graham Bailey (aka Graham Green), who had joined the band in time for their final recordings, followed Borland into the new group with a drummer named Michael Dudley and a saxophonist/clarinetist/keyboardist named Bi Marshall.

Fittingly enough, Borland’s motivation to cut ties to the punk movement mirrored that of original Buzzcocks member Howard Devoto, who left his own band after Spiral Scratch. Like Devoto, who had gone on to pioneer yet another field called post-punk with Magazine, Borland looked around, saw all the bands who played straight-ahead chug-chug-chug rock & roll, and decided that the tired blueprint was in need of a little more depth and variation; atmospheres, tensions, and unfamiliar twists on the interplay between the instruments would be needed. Lyrics were another thing. Not content with simply railing against the government or grunting and yelping about trivial matters to merely keep a song moving, Borland became one of the few post-punk songwriters whose lyric sheets were truly worth ingesting and analyzing.

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  • TheBlackRaven87

    Never really got into "Jeopardy", but "From The Lions Mouth" got better and better with every listen. And "All Fall Down" even tops that. All songs on it very enjoyable. Every single song has something special in it.

    18 Aug 4:34pm Reply
  • Eat-Me-Drink-Me

    This Cover Keeps Reality Unreal - отличный EP

    12 Aug 2:42pm Reply
  • Obay_the_Zombie

    They definitely should be similar artist to Joy Division

    4 Aug 9:00am Reply
  • ValerValer

    Первые несколько альбомов довольно интересные, даже хорошие, я бы сказал.

    27 Jul 12:14pm Reply
  • Vlad_Butterfly

    Fall of Europe просто охренительна.

    19 Jul 5:08pm Reply
  • llllII

    From the Lions Mouth = perfection

    14 Jul 10:28am Reply
  • thelionrampant

    the SOUND of post punk

    7 Jun 2:32pm Reply
  • Contrasoma

    Finally got my mitts on the CD boxset. Very happy.

    29 May 7:59am Reply
  • fllorem

    Amazing band, so underrated

    18 May 6:38pm Reply
  • BonkiBits

    dude, the sound

    21 Apr 8:33pm Reply
  • arge64

    epica

    16 Apr 4:58pm Reply
  • ezears

    Info and updates on the crowdfunding project for the documentary and music tribute to Adrian Borland and The Sound: https://www.facebook.com/AdrianBorlandDocumentary please share!

    9 Apr 7:01am Reply
  • Svorosman

    Pls tell me why I can`t help listening to their songs without tears dropped?! Fuck, his vocal is just killing me! No sound but the Sound.

    1 Apr 8:31am Reply
  • Kyonil

    Нормально.

    26 Mar 11:44am Reply
  • marianalff

    "indie" WTF

    8 Mar 9:04pm Reply
  • pgrachev

    come to brazil

    27 Feb 4:20pm Reply
  • Vanix2000

    Please share!! =) The official Crowdfunding trailer for the feature length documentary about Adrian Borland and ' The Sound '. http://youtu.be/oQikTwogcpk

    26 Feb 12:06pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    переоценены (а другие проекты Борланда напротив, недооценены)

    12 Feb 4:01pm Reply
  • white_lemur

    Unfortunately, very underrated band...They were amazing and in my opinion one of the best in 80's. R.I.P A.B....

    28 Jan 1:45pm Reply
  • sash_shish

    Soo underrated... Compared to overrated Joy Division or even Echo & The Bunnymen. For me Joy Division and The Sound are equally amazing musical acts.

    2 Jan 7:29am Reply
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