By Dimitri Nasrallah1982 to 1983 For the first two to three years of playing the guitar, Broadrick plays punk rock casually with other kids from school here and there. Then in 1982, at the age of 13, he starts what is considered his first serious band, Final, which was heavily influenced by the DIY punk-industrial fusion of UK proto-industrial bands like Crass, Throbbing Gristle, and Whitehouse. I formed Final after a chance meeting with another kid who was about my age, one year older, and who discovered industrial music as well," he says. "It was at a really shitty flea market in the middle of Birmingham, at a store where a bunch of ex-punk rocker guys sold a bunch of bootlegs by bands like Killing Joke, Discharge, they had a whole section of just Throbbing Gristle bootlegs. They had a Walkman there, and you could just pop in one of these cassettes and have a listen. I discovered Throbbing Gristle literally like that. And then this other kid is in there, I could tell he was about my age, and I just talked to anyone to try and relate to someone at that age. His name was Andy Swan. We just started talking and I discovered that he had a synthesizer. We were pretty heavily into the whole industrial tape culture and fanzines of the very early '80s. I discovered that is was very easy to run your own cassette label. We'd record a bunch of cassettes; I'd copy ten copies of each on a little shitty double-tape deck. I was lucky if I sold three or four via magazines. I ended up meeting a lot of people like that, from the old cassette culture and mail-in people that existed in that industrial scene for a little while. None of us could afford to press a seven-inch single. That was beyond my wildest dreams. So buying a couple of really cheap cassettes and photocopying sleeves for them was dead primitive, but pretty easy. So I had a cassette label called Post-Mortem Recordings, and I had about 50 Final releases over about a year and a half." Few of these recordings are still available today, though that may soon change. "I'm going to remaster a load of this stuff soon, and put out five or six double-CD volumes for collectors," Broadrick says. "It's highly limited stuff. So people can see the genesis of the whole sound. It's fairly important to everything that I come from, in a way."
1984 At 14 years old, after starting his own cassette label and releasing upwards of 50 tapes as Final, Broadrick joins his first real band, Fall of Because, a heavy, guttural, slow-grinding metal band with punk leanings that draws influence from another Birmingham success story, Black Sabbath. The band is named after a song by British industrial-rock act Killing Joke. I met a new crowd of guys," he says. "I met three guys in my local area who were about five years older than me, and they only started talking to me because they met me on the street wearing a Stranglers T-shirt. They saw me as some young local punk kid. They were alternative sort of guys as well. So one of 'em came up to me and started talking about the Stranglers T-shirt, and then next thing you know, we're sitting in their parents' house smoking dope. One was Ben Green of Godflesh. One was Paul Neville, who was in early Godflesh. And the third was Diarmuid Dalton, who's the bass player in Jesu now. These are people who, ever since I met them in 1984, are still working with me now and have their own bands as well. I met them literally on the council estate we lived on. At that time, everything was so tribal anyways. If you saw someone walking around with a T-shirt of a punk band, you'd just go straight up and talk to them. Britain was really tribal. You still had mods, punks, rockers. Whatever you aligned yourself with, if you were lucky enough to find someone of a similar background or tastes, you'd be running to these people. You'd learn about people through their music tastes. I took myself very fucking seriously, which was quite comical in a way for a 14- or 15-year- old. They were in bands when I met them, and Ben Green and Paul Neville were in a band called Fall of Because. It was just them two and a drum machine. I thought I'd already mastered how to abuse the drums." Fall of Because would go on to record only a single demo called "Extirpate" in 1986, which would later be collected in 1999 with other material from the period to produce the only Fall of Because package currently available, the eerily ahead-of-its-time Life Is Easy. As Green and Neville divided their time between multiple bands, in 1985 Broadrick joins another Birmingham band then playing the pubs, Napalm Death.