Smersh - The Greatest Story Ever Distorted !
Smersh - The Greatest Story Ever Distorted Ep
Kk Records 1988
01. Licorice Rope
02. Bootie Heaven
03. Jack Your Metal No.2
04. Spook House
05. Japanese Princess
Smersh was Mike Mangino and Chris Shepard.
From 1981 until 1994 they released far too many cassette tapes on their own label, Atlas King. They also contributed to far too many compilations throughout the known world.
In the early eighties they established a unique sound that is known and loved, combining cheap electronics and wild guitar sounds with distorted vocals.
They were in fact a bit the Ramones of the industrial scene.
But were they industrial?
The Smersh sound had so many faces that it is next to impossible to categorize their music.
Smersh recorded on most monday evenings for a couple of hours. Each song was improvised over the course of the evening and then recorded.
Once it was finished they never played it again.
They never rehearsed, they couldn't read music, and they never played live.
Hailing from Piscataway, New Jersey, Smersh were one of those long-forgotten proto-laptop bands (we called laptops “4-tracks” and “drum machines” back then) who made music in their bedrooms, toiled in obscurity, didn’t have many friends and never got anything but underground radio play…
Lacking any further credentials (and truly outsiders in the original Chusid sense) but having a penchant for noise, synthesizers, drum machines and guitar feedback, Chris Shepard (since deceased) and Mike Mangino got together once every week (Monday) to lay down tracks and put together their cassettes.
Their band’s songs grace several dozen compilations (it would seem) and eventually RRRecords noticed them and released their first vinyl in 1986, "The Beat From 20,000 Fathoms".
Unfortunately, this led most people to assume they were an industrial band because of the relationship with RRR.
Instead, think a less clever Big Black (era: “Lungs”) but with more synthesizers, less collegey wank and maybe even a necrophiliac urges for the corpse of Ian Curtis. Like Big Black, most of their songs are character studies.
A video interview from a basement back in 1988
Wether I'm not too keen on electronic music, it didn't take me long before feeling the punk approach to this music, whatever you might call it: Electronic punk, Synthpunk, Industrial, Experimental, Noise...
Anyway, thanks to Gomed once more for introducing me to this band, enjoy the vinyl rip @ 224~320kbs Mp3 encoded with scans & tags and be curious enough to get into more of their releases so you really start to feel the underground beneath your feet... I've been there, and it ain't that dark I tell ya!
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