Mummies and Madmen '...Grow Dark in the Sun' CD (Winter Hill Recordings)

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CD reissue of this long o/p cassette, originally released by Coventry's Slob Tapes in 1984, featuring two lengthy pieces of garbled electronics, distant planet serrated guitar churn, basement Wobble-esque bass, primitive rhythms and the kinda spoken word that wouldn't seem out of place on a record by The Fall or The Shadow Ring. Originally recorded as a one-off, these tracks feature connections to what at the time seemed like a fervent enough local scene via the involvement of not only Slob Tapes' founder and early Attrition live percussionist Bob Oliver, but also Alan Rider of Stress and the Adventures In Reality label. Serving as another document of an incredibly fertile time in music, this album perfectly illustrates just how far some of those concerned could go with limited resources. As Alan Rider himself explains:

"24th August 1983. The scene: a small and chaotic terraced house in Craven Street, Coventry. Bob Oliver, main man of eclectic tape label Slob Tapes, and Alan Rider, head of early industrial label Adventures in Reality Recordings (Attrition, Stress, Irsol, SPK, Test Department, Muslimgauze and others) and one half of electronic duo Stress, have come together with the mysterious Cryptic Z Mostmen to record a single track, ‘Mummies and Madmen Grow Dark in the Sun’, over the course of an afternoon. It was an inventive period in music, where anything was possible and Coventry had its own very underground experimental electronic scene comprising Attrition, Stress, Irsol, Sea of Wires and the Adventures in Reality label. Everyone shared equipment, accommodation, and often band members. Bob was a drummer/percussionist who would later perform live with Attrition. He went by the name Gamla Stan on recordings. Alan performed and recorded in Stress, released early Attrition material and created and operated Human League style slide and film projections on the band’s UK and European tours. Mummies and Madmen was never intended to have a future. It was formed for the duration of that one track, a mix of throbbing drum machine, synthesiser feedback, PiL style bass and scratchy, reverb drenched, guitar that contorted, evolved and mutated over the course of 20 minutes. Fourteen months later Gamla Stan and Cryptic Z Mostmen came together again to record a second track, ‘Red Front’, using the name Aragon. Both tracks were released later in 1984 on Slob Tapes under the Mummies and Madmen name as a C45 tape album, representing Slob 008. And that would probably have been that. Until now that is, when a solitary surviving copy of the album was unearthed and re-mastered for this reissue."

This was going to originally appear on vinyl but it is just too costly so it now appears on CD instead and finally appeared in April 2024. Joint-released by Adventures in Reality.