This 7” was a recent discovery (on Youtube of all places), and it’s as cold as the night is long. This one-off single from Norway was released in 1982 and bears a strong resemblance to the usual suspects, including heavy influence by Joy Division and early Cure, as well as sharing similar sonic territory with bands like the Dutch Neon, The Opposition’s amazing first record, and the U 137 single I just posted a few days ago.
The A-side is a recent obsession of mine with heavy drums and haunting melodies, but the two tracks on the flip are equally commanding, dark and intense listens. The band have three more other songs spread across two different cassette comps. but I haven’t heard them.
As always, little to be found about the band. It appears they were from Skien, a large shipping town in the Southeast of Norway. A four piece by defintion, there were two additional musicians on this single, one playing string synths and the other credited with additional drum work. Their label, Uncle Remus Records, also released a 7” and LP by fellow Norweigans band Øresus, which you can grab here if you want some excellent anthemic punk a la Generation X or the KBD comps. But I know you guys, you like it cold and dark…
Dropopop- Knuste Drømmer 7”
1. Knuste Drømmer
3. Giftige Lepper