Album Review

Belastungsprobe – “A.E.T.Z ” – [Play Loud]

Max Level   3/19/2006   7-inch, A Library

1980 art-punk from somewhere in Germany. Eight short songs about who knows what. Guitar, bass, drums, a cheap keyboard or two, and talking/shouting vocals. If late-’70s Wire had a sense of humor, and one of them liked the Velvet Underground, and they had never moved out of the garage into a proper recording studio, my guess is they would have sounded something like this. Weird punk rock fun, in other words. I tried to look up English translations of what’s going on here, but didn’t get far. The group’s name evidently translates to something like “stress level test”, and that’s about all I could figure out.

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Rick Ele says

I'm very excited to have picked up a copy of this Belastungsprobe 7-inch, plus a copy of their "Platzdruck 90 At?" 7-inch from '81 which is even better!!! In terms of describing their sound, I think your Wire down-a-different-pathway explanation essentially nails it. I also get the sense they had a lot of national pride for their Krautrock predecessors.


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