Controlled Bleeding

Controlled Bleeding to release a 10CD bound book retrospective;

US Experimental pioneers Controlled Bleeding are to be the subject of a sumptuous 10CD retrospective release, the entire package being presented within a bound book which includes large-size reproductions of the front and back covers of each release, as well as a long form essay by founder Paul Lemos.

The entire package, entitled ‘Controlled Bleeding. Blistered Bags of Fodder Swaying: Works 1980’ will be released via Canadian label Artoffact Records and contains some of the bands earliest recordings;

1. Death in the Cameroon
2. The Art Barbeque “Feet Hacked Rails”
3. Headcrack
4. Between Tides
5. Curd
6. Core
7. Paul Lemos & Joe Papa “Music for Stolen Icon”
8. Music For the Scourging Ground
9. Music For Gilded Chambers
10. Songs From the Drain

The period between 1985 and 1988 was the most productive in the long history of Controlled Bleeding; no fewer than 13 albums and three split works were released in this short timeframe, starting with ‘Death in the Cameroon’, and including releases on labels including Sub Rosa, Dossier, and many others.

Founder Paul Lemos, along with long-time members Joe Papa and Chris Moriarty produced material relentlessly over this three to four year span, experimenting with noise, industrial, tribal sounds, goth, ethereal, and ambient music. In hind-sight, this furious output set the stage for Controlled Bleeding’s more famous Wax Trax works, but the material itself found its way to every corner of the experimental world, and it influenced everyone.

Controlled Bleeding Death in Cameroon

Artoffact Records is proud to announce a 10CD collection of Controlled Bleeding material, released between 1985 and 1988, much of which has been out of print for decades. The set starts with the tape-only Death In The Cameroon; being one of the first Controlled Bleeding compositions, and to date one of the only ones that has never been released in any format other than the original cassette, Cameroon is a collectors’ dream. It clocks in at over an hour and comprises three magnificent pieces that are lucid, difficult, and beautiful.

The full package includes seven more Controlled Bleeding albums, including Headcrack, which has never been released on CD. Also included are two Controlled Bleeding off-shoots: the industrial one-off project The Art Barbeque, from 1985, and the Lemos / Papa collaboration Music For Stolen Icon from 1986.

Advance orders are being taken now, direct at Artoffact Records.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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