1980 – present (38 years)
Portion Control are a British electronic group. The band often referred to its music as 'electropunk' or simply as 'hard rhythmic electronics'. They are one of the most renowned of obscure electronic music acts in the world, and have been honored and name checked by the likes of Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly and Solvent.
Portion Control first formed in 1980 and the original incarnation of the group existed until 1987. They released a variety of seminal recordings on a variety of indie labels, some self-produced but mainly on Illuminated Records, as well as Rhythmic Records and Dead Man's Curve. In 1984 the band supported Depeche Mode on their UK and European tour. In early 1987 Portion Control joined the management roster of Tom Watkins and signed a record deal with London Records and promptly vanished. They reformed a few years later as Solar Enemy which survived from 1990 to 1993. Portion Control weren't seen again until 2002 when fansite 319 Online announced a resumption of activities by the band resulting not long after in a free downloadable software demo featuring graphics, a rare remix of an old track, and samples of new material. Nothing else was released by them, however, until early 2004 with the release of the critically acclaimed double album Wellcome (the title inspired by the work of Sir Henry Wellcome).
Since then Portion Control have been active with concert and festival appearances as well as multiple releases on a variety of formats.
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