Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Factrix / Cazazza - "California Babylon" LP + Factrix "Empire Of Passion" 7"

Factrix was an often forgotten, but sorely overlooked American proponent of the early, classic 'industrial' scene. Formed in San Francisco in 1980 from the ashes of post-punk group Minimal Man, this group, headed by Bond Bergland, Cole Palme, and Joseph T. Jacobs, gigged around at the time and released a few precious recordings that are quite difficult to find, but all more than worthwhile.

'California Babylon', an LP released in 1982 by the great Subterranean Records, presents a noisy, dank, and freeform side of Factrix. Legendary madman and provocateur (and really good guy, honestly) Monte Cazazza guests on this, and any fan of stuff like Throbbing Gristle or early Psychic TV would appreciate this collection of guitar deconstructions, serial-killer tape noise, and evil rumblings.

Conversely, the Factrix 7" single 'Empire Of Passion / Splice Of Life' (1980 Adolescent Records) is a marvelously sinister bit of apocalyptic sound poetry and industrial soundscaping.

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