Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Terminals - Uncoffined (1990)

The Terminals' classic sound, perfectly captured on their 1990 debut full-length 'Uncoffined,' invokes barren, inhospitable landscapes at odds with the natural lushness of their native New Zealand. Drummer Peter Stapleton's former band, the looser, more ramshackle Scorched Earth Policy, channeled similarly claustrophobic sounds; this album's "Lolita" is actually a reworking of an early 80's Scorched Earth track. There's a certain unsettling paranoia present throughout 'Uncoffined' that lends even the lighter tracks a sense of uneasiness. That's not to say that they couldn't write a fine pop song as well, as the crisp, garage-derived jangle of "No" proves; the EP that preceded this, 'Disconnect' offers more in this vein. The two were combined on the 'Cul de Sac' release; if you ever see that one, grab it! - Ariel




J. said...

Absolute favourite NZ-band. Many thanks therefore. This is one of the best blogs in universe. Do you have the "Disconnect"-EP too? (And the Jay Clarkson EP and, ähem, NelshBailterSpace?)

Greetings from Germany

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this album, really like the terminals. the 'touch' reissue is excellent too.

gomonkeygo said...

Ariel - Left a note for you at the email on your profile page, regarding uploads for your blog. If you can't get that, I'll post the info in a comment for ya.

Ariel said...

Got it! Thanks.

Melvillain said...

Sounds good. I can't wait to check it out.