Across The Divide - Live in Holland 1984

by ATTRITION

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Originally released in 1985 on Ding Dong Discs as the ATTRITION side of a joint live cassette document of the 1984 tour with the Legendary Pink Dots. This version with 2 extra tracks taken from a 1984 live recording from Arnhem, Holland for Dutch radio VPRO.

Album Mastered by Martin Bowes
at The Cage Studios, Coventry, England.
www.thecagestudios.co.uk
www.attrition.co.uk

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released July 24, 1985

Across the Divide - Gothtronic review

Attrition had a fond relation with the Netherlands since the band's early years. The first foreign performance of Attrition took place in the Dutch town of Arnhem on the 29th of march 1984. That concert was part of a joint Dutch/Swiss tour together with The Legendary Pink Dots during the spring of that year.
The tracks on Across The Divide were part of a cassette-only live album called The Terminal Kaleidoscope which featured The Legendary Pink Dots on side A and Attrition on side B. It was issued by the Dutch experimental label Ding Dong Records And Tapes, totalling one thousand copies.
These rare recordings show Attrition in its early incarnation, with Ashley Niblock on keyboards. For this re-issue the original track sequencing was altered as it contains two songs that weren't part of The Terminal Kaleidoscope cassette: "Pendulum turns" and "The outer edge". They were recorded by VPRO radio on the 22nd of july 1984 at the venue Korenmarkt in Arnhem. "Pendulum turns" would appear as the b-side to the single Shrinkwrap in 1985. This live version has a long, grey, desolate synth intro that makes it all the more intriguing.
The urgent rhythms are a vital part of this composition while Martin growls and Julia Waller throws in here forceful, operatic voice. "The outer edge" with its restless yet dragging cadence was part of the Voice Of God EP, here presented live in its entirety.
Minimal, dark synth melodies with a strong percussive accompaniment and free-form vocals is the best way to describe the sound of Attrition in 1984. It ain't synthpop as it lacks the smoothness that is a typical part of that genre, it has more to do with an initial manifestation of industrial: a blend of avant-garde electronic experiments.
On the long, post-punk soundscapes of "Surge and run" Legendary Pink Dot Pat Paganini takes care of the percussion.
Compared to the studio versions the renditions on these recordings sound bit sharper, especially on "Across the divide". It is surprising how intense the intricate style of Attrition emerged on stage.
Across The Divide (Live in Holland) is a most interesting document of Attrition's formative years.

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