Sunday, 4 March 2012

Life In A Void #5b, 1980

MAG. Beat Paper Crap!!!!

It's got a lot of attitude has this Life In A Void; quite snotty throughout - which is mostly to the good really. Though the iffy devilry evident in Rock For Sexism treads too readily into the realms of sordid misogyny for comfort...unless of course it truly was just a ploy to ensure a "full malebag". That aside LIAV#5b keenly advocates the post punk ethos; eschewing technical proficiency, overblown production, and the audience/performer divide in favour of the raw-energy-driven euphoric immediacy of the performance - ineptitude being a boon rather than barrier. Hence, the Pink Military/Swell Maps review sharply contrasts Jayne Casey's apparent bid for stardom with the "groaning squeking squelching guitar with thumping bass and thrashing rhythms..the beautiful chaotic structured noise" of the Maps. There's an appreciation of The Fall's Witch Trials and Dragnet. Typical Boys is a Medway scene report featuring Cenetrox, The Ripsnorters, Tam O'Shanter, Rivals, The Ignorants, Those Helicopters, and The Pop Rivets + Extra Notes reports, 'The Ripsnorters split up'! There's a selection of fanzine ads, studio recommendations, and independent record company addresses. The Hitch-hiker's Guide to The Pop Rivets takes the form of a rather snazzy cartoon and Rog's Pop Page has the last word. 

A4 scanned at 600 dpi
Life In A Void #5b         

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