Stress (2)

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Formed in December 1981 as a two piece consisting of Alan Rider & Phil Clarke, by early 1984 they had released two high quality cassette albums, and featured in numerous cassette compilations and fanzines worldwide.
October 1984 saw the first vinyl statement by Stress, the track 'The Prayer Clock' on the 'Life At The Top' compilation LP. More compilation LP appearances followed, 'Compulsory Overtime' (USA), and 'A Touch Of Class' (UK) to name but two.
June/July 1985 saw the release of the first and only LP by 'Stress', a 6 track mini album entitled 'The Big Wheel' on Alan Rider's 'Adventures In Reality Recordings' label (ARR 014).

In their music, Stress combine electronic rhythms, sequences, keyboards with bass guitar, vocals, percussion, cut - up tapes, and a variety of acoustic instruments to provide a sound that fuses commercial & experimental elements with a pointed lyrical edge.
Being a two piece, Stress had found that the freedom to use whatever instruments necessary for a particular sound means that they need never limit themselves to a particular format.
1991, after the band's final release 'Nostalgia' [a best of cassette and CD with two new tracks], they ceased to continue with their music.

August 2012 saw San Francisco based label Dark Entries issue a vinyl only collection, 'Conspiracy Theory', containing re-mastered early material from the first two cassette albums and rare compilation LP appearances, a 16 page Stress fanzine and badge. February 2013 saw CD and limited edition cassette re-issues of 'The Big Wheel' LP on Russian label Other Voices, re-mastered and including 7 bonus tracks.
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Albums

Stress (2) - Help Comes Too Late album art Stress (2) Help Comes Too Late (Album) Adventures In Reality Recordings UK 1983 Sell This Version
IT 003 Stress (2) - Stress / Thomas Struszka album art Stress (2) / Thomas Struszka Stress (2) / Thomas Struszka - Stress / Thomas Struszka(Cass, Num, C60) IRRE Tapes IT 003 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
ARR 010 Stress (2) - Restraint album art Stress (2) Restraint(Cass, Enh, C45) Adventures In Reality Recordings ARR 010 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Stress (2) - The Big Wheel album art Stress (2) The Big Wheel (MiniAlbum, Album) Adventures In Reality Recordings, Adventures In Reality Recordings UK 1985 Sell This Version

Compilations

Step 19, none Stress (2) - Double Vision album art Attrition / The Dangerous Brothers (2) / Stress (2) / Megaton (8) Attrition / The Dangerous Brothers (2) / Stress (2) / Megaton (8) - Double Vision(Cass, Comp) Stride (2), Calypso Now Step 19, none UK 1983 Sell This Version
Stress (2) - Nostalgia album art Stress (2) Nostalgia (Comp) Adventures In Reality Recordings UK 1991 Sell This Version
DE-027 Stress (2) - Conspiracy Theory album art Stress (2) Conspiracy Theory(LP, Comp, RM) Dark Entries DE-027 US 2012 Sell This Version