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The Fall - Slates LP

The Fall - Slates LP

Superior Viaduct

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The Fall lovers & 10” haters rejoice! ‘Slates’ has been reissued on the popular 12” format with bonus material. If you’re unaware of The Fall, they’re one of Northern England’s most beloved and enduring rockabilly revival acts.

Is ‘Slates’ a slightly overlooked tidbit in their discography? Yes. Is it a potential entry point into their sprawling catalogue? Yes. Do I have anything interesting or substantial to say about The Fall today? No!

- Nic (Repressed Records)

 

From Superior Viaduct... LP edition compiles the six tracks from the original EP release, their March 1981 Peel session and an early '80s studio outtake. Liner notes by Brian Turner.

If The Fall truly is a cult band, then Slates both benefits from and reinforces such shrouded obsessions. In presenting these six particular songs as a 10-inch EP, the inherent and attractive difficulty of The Fall's sound is made physical, framing the urgency of their singles from this period (notably How I Wrote 'Elastic Man' and Lie Dream of a Casino Soul) alongside lengthy rumblings normally restricted to long players.

The tumbling and phased "Middle Mass" begins on an incredible high note, segueing into the snake-charm hypnotism of "An Older Lover Etc." "Slates, Slags, Etc." is built on stretched VU-inspired riffing, complete with ace feedback bleed that doubtlessly went on long after fade-out. Ultimately, it's the piercing chimes of guitar and marching drum grind of "Prole Art Threat" that elevates Slates beyond oddity. Truly one of Mark E. Smith's finest, busiest and most enigmatic performances, equally matched by a band at the peak of their powers.

Track Listing:

Middle Mass
An Older Lover Etc.
Prole Art Threat
Fit And Working Again
Slates, Slags Etc.
Leave The Capitol
Middlemass (Peel Session)
Lie Dream of a Casino Soul (Peel Session)
Hip Priest (Peel Session)
C'n'C - Hassle Schmuck (Peel Session)
Medical Acceptance Gate