THE DROWN­ING CRAZE

UNCUT - - Archive - JIM WIRTH

Sin­gles ’81/’82 BELLA UNION 7/10 Cocteau Twin’s post-punk project sur­faces once more

“we loved scratchy gui­tar like Fire en­gines and the dub bass of Pil but we never quite got the vo­cals right,” said Si­mon ray­monde in 2015, the bella Union boss sum­ming up his first band, the drown­ing Craze, with dead-eye ac­cu­racy. hav­ing gorged on post-punk gloom be­hind the counter at the earl’s Court branch of the beg­gars ban­quet shop, ray­monde’s three sin­gles with the drown­ing Craze – re­leased on 4ad’s sis­ter la­bel Sit­u­a­tion two – are be­witch­ing enough, de­but “Stor­age Case” (with fu­ture Pig bag­ger an­gela Jaeger on vo­cals) an­tic­i­pat­ing how he would show­case el­iz­a­beth Fraser’s ex­traor­di­nary voice once he re­placed will heg­gie in the Cocteau twins. “trance” and “heat”, mean­while, are work­able slabs of bleak, though fu­ture My Life with the thrill Kill Kult singer Frankie Nardiello’s im­per­son­ation of bauhaus’ Peter Mur­phy comes across as more Sylvester Sneekly than he’d have hoped. Over­all, not un­like try­ing to re­vise for your so­ci­ol­ogy fi­nals at a Siouxsie & the ban­shees con­cert.

Ex­tras: 6/10. in ad­di­tion to the six sin­gle sides, there is a first of­fi­cial re­lease for drown­ing Craze’s lone Peel Ses­sion, fea­tur­ing the un­re­leased “he was”, “Out Of Or­der” and “Keep Fit” as well as an even more Pere Ubu take on “heat”.

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