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Ceza Evi was probably the first full length tape I bought by any artist then limited to cassette only releases - therefore not counting Throbbing Gristle live tapes or compilations such as Larry Peterson's A Sudden Surge of Power, on which We Be Echo's Sex Slave was easily one of the best tracks and thus the one which caught my attention and inspired me to send for this. I'm probably influenced by this having been the first full length tape I bought by any artist then limited to cassette only releases, but it remains one of the greatest out of that whole cassette thing for me. When people get all misty eyed over the hits of the eighties, they're usually thinking about Spandau Ballet or Michael J. Fox dancing on the hood of a car and showing the adults a thing or two about what it means to be young, but for me the eighties was We Be Echo, the Unkommuniti, Opera For Infantry and the like, because I was actually there (authors of twatty point-missing histories of industrial music take note, having actually been there really fucking helps).

The incredible thing about Ceza Evi, at least so it seemed to me, was that it had been recorded on a home stereo system - employing a fine sense of judgement to produce something at least ten times more exciting than what most artists pulled off in a proper studio - and yet it felt like a real thing. It didn't feel like a demo, or someone pissing about with a tape recorder simply because they could. Ceza Evi is an album. Some of this was thanks to Kevin's artwork - he was [still is]  a graphic designer (and even today I still find myself doing things I picked up from studying his artwork when designing book covers or whatever) - but also because the music was just so well realised, weirdly dark little film soundtracks in miniature occupying a halfway point between Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire without ever quite sounding like either.

Yup. This one's a classic.

Lawrence Burton

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Do you remember those garage pyche comps from the seventies, Nuggets (compiled by that hideous long hair from the awful Patti Smith Group,Lenny Kaye), which featured a load of american bands doing impressions of British invasion bands and/or Bob Dylan?

Well, if there was a similar series featuring bands doing impressions of the big industrial bands, called maybe "Blood Clots", We Be Echo would be included.

They/he sounds like a lost attic tape of Cabaret Voltaire, even down to an almost note perfect rip of the Western Mantra called "It Was You".

Like Nuggets, this is no bad thing, because you've heard the originals so many times, you crave another release from the original artist that you have never heard before.

We Be Echo sounds exactly like Cabaret Voltaire circa "The Voice Of America" album, and how we wish the Cabs always sounded like this, and never went Disco.

We Be Echo evolved out of "Third Door From The Left" (featured very soon on this Blog) who sounded exactly like Throbbing Gristle; they'd be on "Blood Clots" too!

I think I may compile this series, its a good idea me thinks.

Many thanks to P.J. for this great tape.

 

Track Listing:

Sexuality

Punish You

No Going Back

Death Row

A New Day

I'm A Gambler

It Was You

Micropenis

Dirty Harry

Survivalists II

Knechtschaft

This Hour's Mine

I Want

Got You

Paranoid

House Ov Punishment

Manson

Kick

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