Album Notes::ACUTE label to issue Fire Engines collection

On Oct. 2 the Acute label will issue Hungry Beat, a collection of the original studio recordings of Scotland’s post-punk legends Fire Engines, available for the first time on CD in the US.

The Fire Engines formed, did absolutely everything in the most chaotic and unconventional manner possible, and broke up 18 months later. Considered one of the three main movers on the fertile Scottish post punk scene of the early 1980s with the much poppier Orange Juice and slightly more accessible Josef K, Fire Engines drew from similar influences but leaned towards darker and more abrasive sources: Velvet Underground, the Voidoids, Television, the artier end of UK punk and early post-punk like the Pop Group and the Fall, and perhaps most importantly, a copy of No New York, particularly the Contortions’ contributions. The Fire Engines music was angular but funky, discordant but melodic, terse and energetic. During their brief career they released 3 singles and a mini-LP, all of which are contained on Acute’s new compilation Hungry Beat.

The Fire Engines reunited in 2004 and played shows with The Magic Band as well as Franz Ferdinand, who cite the Engines as one of their biggest influences. Franz and the Engines released a split 7″ and shortly thereafter the Domino label issued Codex Teenage Premonition, a collection of live Fire Engines recordings and Peel Sessions. The band has performed sporadically since their reunion in 2004 and plans to tour in support of Hungry Beat.

MP3: Fire Engines – “Meat Whiplash” meatwhiplashfe.mp3

VIDEO: Fire Engines “Big Gold Dream” live on BBC2, 1982

Fire EnginesHungry Beat track list:
1. Candyskin
2. Meat Whiplash
3. Get Up and Use Me
4. Everything’s Roses
5. Big Gold Dream
6. Plastic Gift
7. Sympathetic Anaesthetic
8. Discord
9. New Thing in Cartons
10. Hungry Beat
11. Lubricate your Living Room 1
12. Lubricate Your Living Room 2
13. Get Up and Use Me (Version)
14. Sympathethic Anaesthetic (Version)
15. New Thing in Cartons (Version)
16. Plastic Gift (Reprise)

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