Clas­sic Al­bum: Simian Mo­bile Disco,

At­tack De­cay Sus­tain Re­lease

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When the fun is gone from mak­ing mu­sic, it’s time to call it a day. That was the dawn­ing re­al­i­sa­tion for the psych pop out­fit Simian as they fi­nally de­scended into fisticuffs in a Texan fish restau­rant. They’d had a good run, birthing two ac­claimed stu­dio al­bums and a run of suc­cess­ful sin­gles, but the pe­cu­liar stresses of tour­ing had taken their toll.

Drum­mer James Ford and pro­gram­mer Jas Shaw had al­ready been tin­ker­ing away with what would be­come their Simian Mo­bile Disco off­shoot, so shed­ded bassist Alex MacNaghten and vo­cal­ist Si­mon Lord, to con­cen­trate on their in­creas­ingly care­free elec­tronic mu­sic-based splin­ter project.

Cheer­ful remixes with the Simian Mo­bile Disco stamp came thick and fast, but along the way the duo had also been stock­pil­ing

enough of their own ma­te­rial. So, while the go­ing was good, thoughts nat­u­rally turned to mak­ing their own artist al­bum.

“We col­lected to­gether all this stuff we’d been work­ing on,” says Shaw. “It was so much, it wouldn’t fit on one CD. It was like 30 tracks, and the al­bum was made of the ones that had risen to the sur­face. It was stuff we’d made af­ter lit­tle gigs in pubs, and on week­ends piss­ing about the stu­dio.”

With­out the bit­ter in-fight­ing and cre­ative dif­fer­ences of their pre­vi­ous out­fit, Shaw and Ford ef­fort­lessly com­plied and pol­ished the meat of what was to be­come their de­but, At­tack De­cay Sus­tain Re­lease.

Its ten tracks took in punchy, hooky, bleepy, beau­ti­fully crafted elec­tron­ica. It was nos­tal­gic for a by­gone era of ’80s and ’90s dance mu­sic, and it was a joy to make. No more squabbles. No more stress. No more fight­ing over the smell of fish.

“In Simian our re­la­tion­ship got very painful and frac­tious,” says Ford. “Me and Jas just went back to what we knew – mak­ing what we thought was dance mu­sic with a lit­tle mix­ing deck and gui­tar ped­dles, in­flu­enced by peo­ple like Autechre and that ’90s Warp sound. We just went back to hav­ing fun.”

2017 marked the ten-year an­niver­sary of Simian Mo­bile Disco’s de­but al­bum, At­tack De­cay Sus­tain Re­lease, and to cel­e­brate, they’ve just re-re­leased the original LP, re­mas­tered and on dou­ble vinyl for the first time, along with a spe­cial dig­i­tal com­pi­la­tion An­thol­ogy: 10 Years Of SMD, fea­tur­ing tracks plucked from their ex­ten­sive back cat­a­logue. Out now on Wi­chita Record­ings.

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