The Lines:: Memory Span (Re-Issue)

Considering all the popular bands this decade influenced by some amalgamation of Wire, Gang of Four, Joy Division and the likes, one might think the late seventies/eighties had been properly mined and therefore exploited. This week, Acute Records released The Lines Memory Span, collecting 18 tracks of music you need to hear if you’re already thinking this might be your thing. Long out of print, between 1978 and 1983, The Lines released 5 singles, 1 EP and 2 LPs to very little reaction. Whether it be angular riffing, dance funk, subterranean dub, loose golden age English indie, or arabesque swarms evoking thoughts of early Cure, such as on “Dance For A Drop Of Blood,” Memory Span is good stuff indeed and fits nicely between those old TV Personalities and Wire records.

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