Amp

Amp

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Amp is an English group based around the core members Richard Walker and Karine Charff. Walker was a member of a band in Bristol called The Secret Garden that incubated a number of groups including Flying Saucer Attack and Third Eye Foundation. In 1992 he left the band; singles from Amp began to come out on a number of small English labels and a debut album called Sirènes was released in 1996 on the Wurlitzer Jukebox label in the UK and a short-lived American label called Petrol. Walker made some guest appearances on Third Eye Foundation recordings, and Matt Elliot did a TEF remix of Amp music for the In Version album. A London-based, live Amp unit coalesced around Walker and Charff with Walker's bandmate from The Secret Garden, Gareth Mitchell, joining on guitar. Amp contacted Kranky when their American label dissolved and began work on a new studio album in summer 1996.
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Amp Discography

Albums

Amp01 Amp Green Sky Blue Tree (Album) Not On Label (Amp Self-released) Amp01 UK 1992 Sell This Version
OIL4 Amp Sirènes (Album) Wurlitzer Jukebox OIL4 US 1996 Sell This Version
KRANK 017 Amp Astralmoonbeamprojections (Album) Kranky KRANK 017 US 1997 Sell This Version
DRL 036 Amp Perception (Bliss Out V.4) (Album) Darla Records DRL 036 US 1997 Sell This Version
KRANK 031 Amp Stenorette (Album) Kranky KRANK 031 US 1998 Sell This Version
ORBIT027CD Amp Saint Cecilia Sinsemilla(CD, Album) Space Age Recordings ORBIT027CD UK 2001 Sell This Version
ORBIT 029 CD Amp L'Amour Invisible (Album) Space Age Recordings ORBIT 029 CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
AMP004 AMP Transmissions - Phase 1(2xCDr, Album) Ampbase.net AMP004 UK 2005 Sell This Version
VF012CD Amp US(CD) Very Friendly VF012CD UK 2005 Sell This Version
none Amp Oetinger Villa (Album) Ampbase.net none UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Amp Outposts(10xFile, MP3, Promo) Ampbase.Net none UK 2011
AMP010 AMP Live At Corsica Studios(9xFile, WAV) Ampbase.net AMP010 UK 2013

Singles & EPs

Linda's Strange Day 01 AMP Remember? / Get There(7") Linda's Strange Vacation Linda's Strange Day 01 UK 1995 Sell This Version
W.J 7 AMP Frise(7") Wurlitzer Jukebox W.J 7 UK 1996 Sell This Version
WJ15, WJ.15 AMP Beyond / Lutin(7") Wurlitzer Jukebox, Wurlitzer Jukebox WJ15, WJ.15 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAPT4503 Amp & 3rd Eye Foundation* / Saddar Bazaar Amp & 3rd Eye Foundation* / Saddar Bazaar - Ombres / Arabesque(7") Enraptured RAPT4503 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none AMP / Centipede (2) AMP / Centipede (2) - There She Goes / White (Single) Kakemix Records none US 1997 Sell This Version
drl 038 a•m•p•* Heart & Soul Dissolves (EP) Darla Records drl 038 US 1997 Sell This Version
cloud 012 A.M.P.* Studio E.P.(7") Colorful Clouds For Acoustics cloud 012 US 1997 Sell This Version
Blue Flea 09 Windy & Carl / AMP Windy & Carl / AMP - Windy & Carl / AMP(CD, EP) Blue Flea Blue Flea 09 US 1998 Sell This Version
OCH031 Amp Sunflower(CD, Maxi) Ochre Records OCH031 UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Niarn Feat. LasG & AMP Niarn Feat. LasG & AMP - Blok 13(CDr, Single, Promo) Copenhagen Records none Denmark 2007 Sell This Version
CSR 3447 Amp Southside(12", Maxi) Cat Scan Records CSR 3447 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

RAPTLP16 Amp Passé Présent (Comp, Album) Enraptured RAPTLP16 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RR02PP Amp All Of Yesterday Tomorrow(3xCD, Album, Comp) RROOPP RR02PP UK 2007 Sell This Version

Reviews

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ultra171

ultra171

November 7, 2007
AMP is probably one of the most underrated shoegaze/experimental rock groups that came from the scene in the 90's. The reason for this is probably the unstable quality of their releases. When "Sirenes" was (in a way) a masterpiece, its successors didn't really bring anything new to the table, and the band went downhill ever since. Still, the later albums include some gems that shouldn't be overlooked.

I certainly hope they manage to put out an another album that holds the same structure and quality that "Sirenes" did, since this type of music doesn't come out too often.

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