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First Contact/Half Life
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VOD 138.08LP VOD 138.08LP
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8/21/2015

It's late 1981 and Attrition's embryonic Black Prince Studio has set up in band member Ashley Niblock's bedroom in Coventry, England. Analog synthesizers, drum machines, and a primitive four-track recorder with tape echoes and spring reverbs. They would write and rehearse regularly during those early days. Niblock would also moonlight with two of his school friends, Edward Pearson and Richard Woodfield as Irsol. A different beast from the anarchic post-punk noise and rhythms of the early Attrition, Irsol was a more polished affair, and far more influenced by the electronics of, for example, Tangerine Dream. By summer 1982 they had produced their first self-released tape, First Contact, which attracted some attention from local figures, including Alan Rider, who released their second tape, Half Life, on his Adventure in Reality label in 1983, and reissued First Contact in 1984. Half Life contained a side of studio recording and a side of a one-off live show at the old school -- founded in 1344 -- that they all attended. The track "Reesoning" from First Contact appeared on Volume Five of Gary Levermore's legendary Third Mind five-tape compilation Rising from the Red Sand (1983). This LP includes the entirety of First Contact and the studio side of Half Life.