Released 1st October from Transmission Communications via iTunes Aus/NZ and a very limited edition deluxe CD pack.
Trans:Com is re-releasing one of its most treasured things; the long deleted, previously only released on cassette, and debut/final album from Brisbane’s brilliant Blood Party – Rock n Roll Psychology – with bonus tracks from Trans:Com compilations and promos, and even some very early but very wonderful demos.
Who were the Blood Party, and why were they such a critical stitch in the fabric of Brisbane electronic / alternative music? Allow us to paraphrase another of our excellent peers; Ostia’s own Amps…
“The impact, diversity and importance of the alternative music movement that simmered in Queensland’s capital from the late 80’s to the mid-90’s cannot be under-estimated. I was captivated by The Blood Party’s live performance; and particularly by their enigmatic singer, Julie Kavanagh. Julie delivered an intense performance, whilst the band pumped out an exhilarating mix of pop hooks and danceable beats that set them light-years apart from the guitar-based bands that, whilst often brilliant, dominated the scene at the time. But… The Blood Party had us all fooled…
The elegant synths, memorable melodies and effervescent beats belied something darker and more visceral. Julie’s lyrical exertions were often akin to catharsis; an exorcism of discomfort and assorted hurts, and whilst her fraught and fractured lyrics took a backseat in the band’s more instrumental works (try “Mud Pool Goddess” for starters), beneath the upbeat lustre of the melodies, there still lurked something more primal… a clarion call to stifled feminism, freedom and liberty.”
Beautifully remastered by Andy Bagley from original recordings by James Clark, the new digital rerelease features the original 7-track album, 3 rare compilation tracks, and the band’s original demo recordings. An exclusive numbered run of 100 deluxe CD editions will be for sale only through the Trans:Com website, specially packaged with a 20-page booklet featuring photography by Kylie Crane.
This re-release is a joy for us, and its been too long in coming. The 90’s was a time of great origination in Brisbane, when our electronic music culture grew from nothing, and these recordings from Blood Party are an absolutely essential part of that story.
Preview it and pre-order it now at iTunes. The exclusive numbered CD edition is available directly from us through our website.
COMING SOON: Projekt Inertia – We Believe In Now (deluxe edition album), and more…
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