Thursday, 12 December 2013

TEST DEPT


























"beating the retreat"
Year:    1984
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Some Bizarre
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    8
Time:    39
Lyrical themes:    social issues, conscious
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Industrial










The group was formed in south-east London in 1981. All unemployed, and with listening tastes ranging from post-punk to musique concrète, they searched out whatever they could find to make music with, and for the most part this consisted of scrap metal salvaged from waste ground and derelict factories. The reason had as much to do with lack of money as it had to do with a dislike for conventional rock instruments. Originally, they used bass guitars and other conventional instruments, but these were fairly rapidly dropped as they obtained more industrial percussion, and found that these created a stronger and more consistent sound. They also, probably later on, gained the rights for some of their music and can been seen listed as copyright holders on some re-issues. Some examples can be seen on the Test Dept page.
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"the unacceptable face of freedom"
Year:    1986
Label:    Ministry of Power
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    8
Time:    32 min.
Lyrical themes:    social issues, conscious
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Industrial







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