Stridulators ‎– Queue / The Inside Track

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House Of Squirm ‎– HOS 245
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Vinyl, 7"
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A Queue
Written-By – Roach*
4:07
B The Inside Track
Written-By – Burt*
3:56

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"Recorded February and July 1984, Auckland"
"Thanks to Arts Council N.Z."

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  • Matrix / Runout (Etched A): HOS 245 A R
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched B): HOS 245 B R

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gippy

gippy

December 15, 2012
edited over 5 years ago

The word stridulate means "to produce a shrill, grating sound, as a cricket does, by rubbing together certain parts of the body", which makes this one of the aptly-chosen band names ever. It's hard to imagine ordinary human beings playing standard musical instruments in the conventional way ever making a sound like this, which is something I feel like I should be able to say about far more records that feature a synthesizer.

Obscure, unsettling, mysterious, one of those unique artefacts with no apparent dotted lines to anything that came before. Sounds something like a cicada drone to a reptilian tom-tom beat, lyrics muttered in a bad dream. "Shrill" and "grating" it may be but not without a glorious pop heart that ascends through the humming insect drone.

If released today it could be on Nihilistic Orbs. An absolute all-time favourite of sui generis New Zealand music, right up there with [Invalid Artist], [Invalid Artist]/Bailter Space, Tall Dwarfs and Wasp Factory but nothing like any of them; and all the more precious because this is all there ever was.