Having barely caught our breath after shipping out Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric, we are very happy to say that the next Rudimentary Peni reissue is now on the presses. We are really enjoying putting together these reissues and seeing all of the interest in the band. Four years after the release of Death Church, Rudimentary Peni surprised us by returning with Cacophony. At the time it confounded and delighted fans in equal measure. With retrospect it is considered by many to be the band's masterwork, as well as one of the most visionary and radical works in the history of British punk. Cacophony could be considered a concept album in the sense that its spirit is obsessed with the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Musically it is a glorious melting pot of noise-punk, heavy guitar riffs, experimental rhythms, and psuedo-pop melodies. What is truly remarkable is the vocals of Nick Blinko, who throughout the 43 minutes of Cacophony assumes at least a dozen personalities and moves from punk screams to vaudevillian characterisations to Shakespearian monologues to pop choruses, and back again. Fans of HPL will find many reference points to delight them, whilst even those who have never read the work of the horror writer will come away from Cacophony feeling as if they have been immersed in one of his stories. Throughout the album, a sense of the darkest black humour pervades - we are the audience for a kind of grotesquely jovial pantomime of word-play and musical adventure. Most definitely a headphones-on, lights-off experience.
- Remastered from the original analogue tapes.
- All original artwork presented in fine detail.
- CD version in gatefold sleeve with 20 page lyric booklet.
- Vinyl edition comprises 180g black vinyl, gatefold sleeve, poster, 8 page full size lyric booklet and download card.
- A limited edition shirt featuring the cover art.
"Cacophony is the exact point where genius meets madness." - Punknews.org "Cacophony is, in fact, the Ummagumma or Trout Mask Replica of British punk." - Scaruffi.com “The most original, outlandish, compelling, amusing and downright weird LP I’ve ever laid ears on.” - KKKKK Kerrang (April 1989) “Very rarely have the aggressive dynamics of punk pock been harnessed with such convincingly odd and macabre thoughts.” - 4/5 Sounds (January 1989)
Track Listing: 1. Nightgaunts 2. The Horrors in the Museum 3. The Only Child 4. Architectonic and Dominant 5. The Evil Clergyman 6. Brown Jenkin 7. Crazed Couplet 8. Sarcophagus 9. Lovecraft Baby 10. Dream City 11. C12 H22 011 12. Zenophobia 13. Sunset for the Lords of Venus 14. Beyond the Tanarian Hills 15. Imps of the Perverse 16. The Dead Loved 17. Periwig Power 18. Kappa Alpha Tau 19. American Anglophile in the World Turned Upside-Down 20. Memento Mori 21. Better Not Born 22. Arkham Hearse 23. The Old Man Is Not So Terribly Misanthropic 24. Gentlemen Prefer Blood 25. Sonia 26. The Day the Universe Ceased (March 15, 1937) 27. The Crime of the Century 28. Musick in Diabola 29. Shard 30. Black on Gold Total Running Time: 42:43
Available to pre-order now from the Southern shop.