And they are not fooling around, either…
Sacred Bones Records just announced a pair of key reissues: the complete discography for underground anarcho-punk band Vex, as well as a compilation of rare and out out print deathrock, dark punk, & post-punk tracks from around the world. (Read an interview with Sacred Bones founder Caleb Braaten about this at Noisey: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/caleb-of-sacred-bones-loves-really-old-records)
The backstory: Despite only being active for a few years in the mid-1980s, Vex left a huge legacy in underground circles for their affecting brand of anarcho punk. Until now, it was almost impossible to find an original copy of their essential Sanctuary 12″ on Fight Back Records, let alone their scant other recordings. Sanctuary: The Complete Discography collects all of the Vex material that was ever put to tape on one limited-edition LP for the first time ever.
The lead singer of Vex, Scrote, had this to say of the reissue: “We were an anarcho punk band in the truest sense of the word, even though our musical sound may nowadays be classed as something different. We lived, ate and breathed the punk ethic, D.I.Y. culture. We toured with the likes of Conflict and played gigs all over England. The 12-inch “Sanctuary” was our only solid release apart from various songs on compilation albums. These songs must have stood the test of time as they’re now being re-released, amazes me really!”
Also, in 2007, Sacred Bones Records founder Caleb Braaten started unearthing rare and little-heard post-punk, deathrock and dark punk tracks for an eventual compilation. Seven years later, riffing on the tradition of the internationally known punk collector series, Killed By Death, those tracks are finally being released on vinyl, CD and digital formats as “Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1“. Bands from all over the world are represented on the comp, from the relatively well-known Scots in Twisted Nerve to the “completely un-Googleable” Move from Italy.
Also featured are the French band known simply as Bunker on their first demo tape who later became Bunker Strasse, though still remained largely obscure. Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons formed as a sort of goof band in Sweden in 1980 and only released a couple of 7-inches before disbanding a year later in 1981. The rest of the comp represents a vast spectrum of geography with the US being represented by Your Funeral, Glorious Din, The Naked and the Dead and Afterimage. Screaming For Emily (UK), Baroque Bordello (France) and Taste of Decay (Germany) round out the collection.