13th Chime – “13th Chime” – [Sacred Bones Records]
The band formed in 1980 in the small London over-spill town of Haverhill in Suffolk. The Chime was born out of the British Punk scene. Vocalist Mick Hand, guitarist Gary O’Connor and drummer Ricki Cook were previously in a band called The Antix with Steven Woodgate (aka Rupert). After Rupert died of an asthma attack during a gig with the Dead Kennedy’s, 13th Chime (a reference to George Orwell’s 1984) was formed with bass player Terry Taylor, formerly with the hard hitting three piece The Wynd-ups. The band released three independent singles: Coffin Maker, Cursed and Fire. This album is 10 tracks including those 3 singles and 3 previously unreleased tracks. Born from the punk scene 13th Chime became Gothic before the term really existed in relation to music. The band actually had two coffins made and converted them into speaker cabinets for their PA. Lyrically, the music is influenced by a fascination with the supernatural and the occult.
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