Theft? Not at all

Shock – I’ve found another new band that I really like! Nurse!

On hearing these old tracks from a band from Ohio called “The Serfs” (such a properly old, chippy, name too – cf. e.g., The Ejected, The Expelled, The Damned, The Exploited, etc) I reflected, somewhat gloomily, that this probably dates from 1979 to 1981.  It is in the same sonic bracket as Gang of 4, Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, and early Devo etc.  Why is there no good new music?  

I was well fooled – it’s from 2021!  Does this next sound derivative?  Sure.  Is it actually derivative though?  Almost certainly not.  Once you mix a certain intelligence and a certain attitude, it often ends up sounding like track 2 below, “Dissection“:  

It really kicks in, doesn’t it – excellent! The guitars have something of the punch and the energy of The Undertones. The other track, 3, “Debt World“, is more electronic – I find it very relaxing.

I also bought their album (from Detriti Records, Berlin) – vinyl only:

– and, in a fantastic “medium subordination twist”, with a download code on the vinyl.

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