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The 1981 Tapes


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Es Lessin 1978 There is no better music on the planet than early Attrition. Think of DIY punk meets wildly chaotic darkwave meets experimental EBM meets No Wave meets Coldwave. I much appreciate all of their music, but the shows and recordings from 1980 to 84 are my favorite music ever recorded. Do yourself a favor and by some REAL underground music.... Favorite track: Possessed.
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Possessed 03:10
Alter Ego 02:24
Fear 03:04
Stiletto 02:45


The historic first recordings that we ever made in a studio.
Resurrected from the only cassette tape we still had of them
Two demos from April and July 1981 and the only studio recordings of that early line up with our drummer.
The songs were soon discarded from the set as we went through our metamorphosis into a more electronic sound.

Martin: Vocals and Bass guitar
Julia: Vocals and Bass guitar
Ashley: Synthesiser
Robbo: Drums

and a long forgotten special guest on guitar...


released November 19, 2014

Recorded on 4 track Portastudio
with Paul Johnson at Rhythm Studios in Warwick, England
1 - 3 and 6 - 7 April 1981 and 4 - 5 July 1981
Cover photo taken March 1981 at The Queen Inn, Coventry

Mastered for this release by Martin Bowes
at The Cage Studios, Coventry. England
A Two Gods Production. 8GODSEP



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