Listen & Buy"Inside a cage of sound, Cold waves of electronics are juxtaposed against voices that seep through cracks in the walls of machinery and wires. Lyrics dart out in bullets from soundscapes peppered in sharp vocals and sound bites. A viola plays in the distance, giving life to this inorganic mass... Such is the imagery that spawns Attrition, who, with its marriage of the classic and modern, has brought to music the equivalent of a surrealist painting. From its earlier sparse and stark soundscapes, to a more expansive palette of orchestral work, Attrition has successfully melded several genres into one. The music flows - from gothic to industrial to experimental to classical - so smoothly, they might as well be making their own category. With more than fifteen albums of constant variety, and an ever-expanding sound, they remain one of music's darker and fascinating lights." -Akane
ATTRITION is a pioneer in darker electronica. Formed in 1980 in Coventry, England, influenced by a mix of punk ideology and experimental art aesthetics, they emerged as part of the early '80's UK Industrial scene alongside contemporaries Coil, Test Department, Legendary Pink Dots, In The Nursery, Portion Control et al. Founder Martin Bowes has steered the band through a 25 year career, fuelled by a succession of critically acclaimed albums, selling over 70,000 to date.
The band has regularly toured Europe, North America, Mexico, Russia and Asia, appeared at major festivals and had their music included on a number of film soundtracks. Through its storied career, Attrition has worked with musicians as diverse as psychedelic veterans The Legendary Pink Dots to punk legend TV Smith to Franck Dematteis of the Paris Opera.
Attritions music has been featured on countless releases - from 1984s Bullshit detector on Crass records to the hugely successful Animal liberation album alongside Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Smiths, Nina Hagen & Lene Lovich etc. Recently their song Acid Tongue featured on KTELs Industrial story CD - a whos who of industrial music with Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Neubauten and more.In Germany Orkus magazines Best of the 90s collection featured their darkwave classic A girl called harmony Attritions work been remixed by underground artists from an eclectic mix of genres including Chris n Cosey, Martin Atkins, Dance or Die and UK drum n bass act Rascal & Klone (featured on the first Grand Theft Auto game soundtrack.)
Martins increasing studio production work has included mixes for The Damage Manual, Die Form, In the Nursery, Black tape for a blue girl, Emilie Autumn and more. He has just completed work on a song for the new Pigface album and is recording the narration to an upcoming US horror film, C for Chaos
Now, Metropolis Records is proud to present Dreamtime Collectors , a career spanning compilation of Attritions most important songs. This release is a must have for fans of electronic, industrial and darkwave fans alike.