This has to be some of the bleakest music I’ve heard in a while. Утро (Yutro, or Morning) are a band I have absolutely no information on, but they sound a bit like Joy Division going on a bender after swallowing a bunch of downers. Heavy, brutal, but really good-quality post-punk.
Matthew Higgs of The Guardian bears the bad news that Joy Division, whose music, as he says, ‘was cold and detached’, were actually a fun lot.
Zwidy are a post-punk/post-rock/alternative music band out of Warsaw, Poland. Sharp playing, surprisingly easy on the ears, and yet they maintain their power. Not bad at all for indie rock.
FREQ Magazine blogs on two very interesting experimental music releases showcasing 80’s German electronic music, one from the East, and one from the West.
The Durutti Column provide a shimmering instrumental from 1980 as Father’s Day nears.
Gang Of Four never got enough credit as one of England’s finest post-punk bands. Even when they went through a pop phase, they pulled it off with panache. Thankfully, this is prime era GoF.
Padot na Vizantija (The Fall of the Byzantium in English) were one of the leading lights in the Yugoslavian post-punk scene. Singer Goran Trajkoski went on to participate in two legendary projects: Anastasia and Mizar (for a short tenure).
Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis died on this day 37 years ago. Time flies.
Die Haut were a German post-punk band who were active during the 1980s and 90s. They collaborated with such luminaries as Nick Cave and Blixa Bargeld, but go full-on swamp blues here with Lydia Lunch.
I couldn’t find anything on Orchestre Rouge in English, but the French band were among the best post-punk groups France ever produced.