Published Feb 07, 2014Vancouver ex-pat Jack Duckworth currently flirts with post-punk and industrial sounds out in England as Soft Riot, but back in the late '90s he started exploring similarly icy electronic textures in the BC-based A Luna Red. The outfit's first full-length, The Death Birds, has been out of print since its original pressing in 2000 via Global Symphonic, but Duckworth has now brought the album out to the digital realm over on Bandcamp.
The nine-song set meshes post-Neubauten packages like "Insects and Binary Bits," a seething slab of sonic terror spiked with Duckworth's screeches, distorted bass runs and trash can drum machine clanks, with subtler material such as the gloomy, organ-drenched funeral procession "Malaria." No matter the volume, it's an uncomfortable and difficult excursion, but well worth digging into.
You can stream and/or download the piece of Vancouver post-punk history down below.