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THE GORDONS

S/T + FUTURE SHOCK

1972 RECORDS


Format: LP+7"
Cata No: 197208
Barcode: 852545003882
The Gordons crashed upon the do-it-yourself scene of early
1980s Christchurch with torrential force, self-releasing
two foundational planks of the vibrant New Zealand
underground. Future Shock, a three-song 7-inch released
in 1980, is a wild-eyed rampage, as staggering as any
feedback-addled punk then being recorded at Southern
Studios. The Gordons LP, which followed in 1981, matches
the abandon with motorik churn and livewire dissonance,
evoking New Zealand antecedents as divergent as This
Kind Of Punishment and the Dead C. Brought together on
this release, they’re a noise-rock landmark anticipating
fans such as Sonic Youth.
Flying Nun Records, the storied Christchurch label
and symbol of the island nation’s rich independent music
scene, re-released The Gordons and Future Shock together
in 1988 following the formation of Gordons outgrowth
Bailter Space, which frontman Alister Parker founded
with Clean drummer Hamish Kilgour. Bailter Space, which
would also come to include founding Gordons members
Brent McLachlan and John Halvorsen, settled on a
droning shoegaze sound, drawing comparisons to Dinosaur
Jr. and the Pixies. The Gordons and Future Shock, however,
represent the trio’s unreformed id, as startling today as upon
release.

Tracks:

1. Spik And Span
2. Right On Time
3. Coalminers Song
4. Sometimes
5. I Just Can?t Stop
6. Growing Up
7. Laughing Now
8. Future Shock
9. Machine Song
10. Adults And Children

Press:

Future Shock 7-inch came out in 1980
while The Gordons album followed in 1981
. Original copies of both releases go for lots
of money right now

 

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