Limbo Race ‎– Down And Backwards

Limborations Records ‎– OTL-8202
Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM


A Down And Backwards 3:03
B What It Is 2:14




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July 22, 2009

Classic post-punk tracks from a Boston act who were part of that early-80s explosion of talent that included Mission of Burma, The Dangerous Birds, Christmas, The Neats, V;, Native Tongue and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Tense, angsty, jagged -- all the usual post-punk adjectives apply here. Angular trebly guitar, fluid chorused bass, and rolling drum lines all show some Go4/early Cure-influence, but the band was really noted for sharp lyrics and --like Burma --song structures that shifted gears and took a step away from the conventional. B-side has some scorching sax which drove the guitar-oriented post-punkers crazy, but is entirely appropriate; I haven't heard this record in maybe a decade but could play-back that entire solo in my head while typing this. Also a great nod to Patti Smith in the lyrics. Limbo Race finished an entire album -- half their lean trio sound, half expanded with keyboards and sax -- and it's The Great Lost Record of the post-punk era. I probably listened to the cassette demo I had as much as I did Burma's "signals, calls, and marches", which is to say A LOT. Astoundingly tight post-punk gems like "Cigarettes", "Bless Me Father", "Die Jung", and "No Intro" --such a shame it never got released. I'm off to dig it up now...