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Spike in Vain – “Disease Is Relative” – [A Scat Records]

whngr   5/21/2021   12-inch, A Library

Strange Art/Anger/Post/Punk/Prog/Death Rock

Shaker Heights, Ohio – 1984 Angular jangly guitars, wandering bass lines, yells, screams, shrieks, and whispers and one brief passage of spoken word over mournful, abstract piano (A5- “No Name” ).

Sometimes poppy, funky, and chaotic, but always adulating the seething white underbelly of American trauma and strife…A quizzical hodge podge of genres that defies rote categorization then, as it does now though one might draw parallels to the likes of Pear Ubu, MX-80 Sound, No Trend, or perhaps a more technically proficient Flipper.

Incepted in an inner-ring streetcar suburb of Cleveland, Spike In Vain was a genuinely innovative band filled with youthful vigor, painfully evocative with an unwaveringly artistic and nonconformist perspective.

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