Saturday, December 27, 2008

Scorched Earth Policy - Keep Away from the Wires (2000)

Never has a name been so apt. A cauldron of prairie fire and brimstone, the sweltering beauty of Peter Stapleton's Scorched Earth Policy lies in their ability to conjure visions of austere desolation, sun-drenched despair, and loves lost and buried with a raucous, tumbling fury not found in the subdued murmurings of the Victor Dimisich Band. While those were delivered in the hushed tones of quiet desperation, these are the tortured cries of a soul slowly succumbing to the hypnotizing lull of insanity. It is the creeping, lingering shadow of the mid-afternoon sun as it tantalizes and mocks, an intangible harbinger of the darkness to come. Rising from the ashes of Victor Dimisich, Scorched Earth Policy was active from 1982 to 1986; during that time they released two EPs on Flying Nun, 1984's 'Dust to Dust' and 1985's 'Going thru' a Hole in the Back of Your Head.' Two live cassettes followed, one a posthumous Xpressway release. 'Keep Away from the Wires,' a collection released on Stapleton's Medication label in 2000, compiles the two EPs in their entirety along with outtakes and live selections. The main separating factor between Victor Dimisich and Scorched Earth--aside from Stephen Cogle's imitable baritone--was undoubtedly the contributions of guitarist Brian Crook to the latter. A spine-tingling blend of poetic menace and bite defines Crook's playing; it is impossible to imagine either Scorched Earth Policy or the Renderers without it. Enjoy this one. - Ariel

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

fantastic record. many thanks
Jay

Down at Marlenes Fish Shop said...

Nice selection, I placed this up a while back. Stormer of an album. Enjoying everything else. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Typically I had absolutely no idea that this existed! Their Xpressway cassette has been on my wants list for YEARS & this comp is exactly the same selection with a few extras tossed in for good measure. Wish I'd known about it earlier but fantastic stuff regardless. Thanks (again). IBx

Novemberer said...

Nice one!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this, I just found out about the Terminals and am loving this stuff too