Album Review

Pesteg Dred – “Years of Struggle Against The Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice” – [Dark Entries]

Thurston Hunger   7/24/2017   12-inch, A Library

Teenage DaneDream of Damaged SynthPop
Does any label time travel better than Dark Entries?
This was recorded back in December 1981, but apparently
only availale wth a Danish magazine as a cassette in 1985.
Inge Shannons vocals are featured to lead off the album
in isolated fashion and layered, on “Untitled” (A2) they
are draped in echo, droning over a churning pace but
hit a break where they go wonderfully cuckoo. “Superior”
has a proto-Motorik bassline with some new wave synth
waves but then is that a toy piano or a ukele, and later
it sounds like some skittering violin. Inge sings sorta
pretty on this near anthem. Something’s rockin’ in
Denmark? By the end of side A, she’s got a fierce femme
Peter Murphy rolling for “Impressions.” And drums on that
and through-out are well slugged by Martin Hall. Check
the interview with him in the booklet, he’s still creating
to this day, he and Inge were in SS-Say that turned up in
a retro collection on Minimal Wave, but this really does
not mope much in minimal waters. A dingy darkness, and
some sick synths and electric “treatments” from Per
Hendrichsen do demand attention. Hall’s bass playing can
be brutal slappy in a fine way, like on “Light, More Light”
And who tortures those horns on that elongated piece!?!
Second “Untitled” is a haunting ghost piano soundscape.
Hard to pin down this LP, def’ an attractive neuroticism
Killing Joke-y, but different? For a bunch of teenage Danes,
really well-assembled. It got lost for a while, and even
after Dark Entries uncovered it in 2010, it must have befuddled
some KFJC’ers, but it’s well worth the wait. Skilled and
skittish stuff.

-Thurston Hunger

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