THE BIG WHEELMusic • CD
Minimal • Post Punk
Other Voices Records
06/03/2013, Didier BECU
Maybe I am the one who is to blame but I’ve never heard before of Stress. Well, of course I’m familiar with the disease but not with the band that is fronted by Alan Rider & Phil Clarke in 1981. But then again in those days I was still playing with my beloved matchbox-cars while these two men were releasing songs through cassettes on various fanzines. The only album they ever made was in 1985, that selftitled minialbum contained six tracks and in fact it was also a bit the end.
I still don’t know if it’s caused by a lack of current talent but small labels around the world are digging in the rich musical past and they re-release all these long forgotten gems. Coincidence or not, but two of the finest of these labels (Dark Entries and the Russian based Other Voices Records) have rereleased material by Stress.
The album on Other Voices Records is probably the most complete you can find as 27 years later the label offers you the mini-album plus lots of bonus tracks.
It’s very difficult to label Stress and that’s probably why they have never got the success they deserved to have. There’s no doubt the post-punk touch (think Gang Of Four), there are some Factory-influences (from Crispy Ambulance to the funky A Certain Ratio) and they certainly have been influenced by the avant-garde-electro from Attrition as well.
The Big Wheel is not an easy record, that’s for sure. It takes several listens before you get hooked on it, but once you got the vibe, the only conclusion you can draw is that The Big Wheel is another lost 80’s-classic that has to be discovered.
This album is now available on Other Voices Records.
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MARTIN KLEID • 8 Lights
LISAWARS • Nichts
PETER BROSENS & JESSICA WOODWORTH • ALTIPLANO
THE EDEN HOUSE • Bad Men (OnTheirWayToDoBadThings) [EP]
LINEA ASPERA • Linea Aspera
GUIDO BELCANTO • Van troubadour tot vlaggenschip van de Nederlandstalige muziek
MESH • Automation Baby
BOBBY MORESCO • 10TH & WOLF
Same combination of genres: MINIMAL + POST PUNK
THE ULTIMATE DREAMERS • Live Happily While Waiting For Death
MEAGER BENEFITS • Crawling
FACTICE FACTORY • Lines & Parallels
SUPERNOVA 1006 • Unique World
THE KVB • Of Desire
THE HARROW • Silhouettes
DURUTTI COLUMN • Another Setting
SCHLEIMER K • Schleimer K
VARIOUS ARTISTS • The End of Civilization
• Review of the GRAUZONE Festival in Amsterdam on 1st February 2013
Same genre: MINIMAL
PARADOX OBSCUR • Intercourse
RADERKRAFT • Dust & Debris
THE RORSCHACH GARDEN • Dangerous Isolation Site
ABSOLUTE BODY CONTROL • A New Dawn
NICHOLAS LENS & NICK CAVE • L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S
MARTIN L. GORE • The Third Chimpanzee E.P.
STURM CAFE • Fernes Land
SYNTET • Hjärtats slag
RUE OBERKAMPF • Negativraum
CAWATANA • In The Silver Light (7')
Same genre: POST PUNK
KILL SHELTER • Asylum
SYGO CRIES • In Outside Places
BALVANERA • Courses of Action
TERMINAL SERIOUS • Gift For You
SYGO CRIES • Talking about walls
DARK • Nightmare
DE DELVERS • Hart in neonlicht
SJOBLOM • Tape
PINK TURNS BLUE • There Must Be So Much More
TERMINAL SERIOUS • Love Was Lies