• Ike Yard - 1982

Ike Yard - 1982

Dark Entries

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Ike Yard.
We're in love with them tbh, ever since we caught wind of them some years ago when our mate Vessel remixed them (back in the good days of Blackest Ever Black, Killing Sound etc - although this remix record came out on Desire). Also check that Regis remix of Loss. Jezuz.

We were even supposed to release some Stuart Argabright / Pete Swanson / APE(aka Vessel) on FuckPunk *(shouts to you if you remember reading that very first FP info sheet with the release info being announced) but that never happened in the end.

Anyway, thats just our angle here - what really matters is the sound of the music.

And in the case of Ike Yard - that sounds is VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE.
Across the tracks on this album, beautifully melded and crafted with coherence and solid standards, you'll hear:
808 drums, Korg MS20 (used in a damn cool way) and muffled, uber-cool vocal styles that come from the school of hardcore and punk, but get used with a classsy amount of New Wave-ish dub-mindset and restraint...It's hard to explain what their sound does to our brains and limbs, but it feels kinda like shaking off cobwebs, giving in to guttural urges to dance and spit on the floor at the same time. Makes us wish we were already born in 1982 tbh! Because Ike Yard made it sound like the future.

“Dark Entries flashes back to the grimy streets of New York City circa 1982 to bring us an unreleased album from cult outfit Ike Yard. Comprised of Stuart Argabright, Michael Diekmann, Kenneth Compton, and Fred Szymanski, Ike Yard sits between the sinewy proto-body music of the Neue Deutsche Welle and the shattered grooves of their No Wave peers in New York. 

The band’s initial run was short but blinding. They released an EP for Les Disques du Crépuscule in 1981, which was followed by their legendary self-titled LP for Factory in 1982. They disbanded within a year, frustrated by the slow pace at which the industry was able to release their increasingly challenging music. 1982 features 10 tracks which likely would have become the band’s second LP – only four of these songs have previously seen release on 2006’s 1980-82 Collected via Acute Records. Following the release of Ike Yard, they continued down their tortured path of hybrid electro-acoustic music with an arsenal of now-classic analog instruments, including the Korg MS-20 and the Roland TR-808. 

Skittering rhythms teeter on the verge of collapse while seasick synth warbles threaten to push us overboard. Electronic washes devolve into waves of feedback. Sneering basslines threaten dancers to move, but how can the body obey? This is dangerous music, gliding along the brink. The album features a live photo of the band by Makoto Iida and includes an insert with liner notes from Stuart Argabright. 1982 is essential for fans of post-punk and caustic electronics from Liaisons Dangereuses to Beau Wanzer.”



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