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Attrition


Attrition

“Inside a cage of sound. Cold waves of electronics are juxtaposed against voices that seep through cracks in the walls of machinery and wires. Lyrics dart out in bullets from soundscapes peppered in sharp vocals and sound bites. A viola plays in the distance, giving life to this inorganic mass…
Such is the imagery that spawns Attrition, who, with its marriage of the classic and modern, has brought to music the equivalent of a surrealist painting. From its earlier sparse and stark soundscapes, to a more expansive palette of orchestral work, Attrition has successfully melded several genres into one. The music flows – from gothic to industrial to experimental to classical – so smoothly, they might as well be making their own category.
With more than twenty albums of constant variety, and an ever-expanding sound, they remain one of music’s darker and fascinating lights.” Akane

“English electronics genius Attrition were formed in 1982 in Coventry. With veteran Martin Bowes always on the helm, Attrition have been in uninterrupted existence through various incarnations ever since. One of the first bands to experiment with electronic sound and post-modern soundscapes under the umbrella of the punk rock rags, they have achieved legendary status and not without good reason…. “
ZT mag. UK 2014.

ATTRITION are pioneers in a darker electronica. Formed in 1980 in Coventry, England, influenced by a mix of punk ideology and experimental art aesthetics, they emerged as part of the early ’80’s UK Industrial scene alongside contemporaries Coil, Test Department, Legendary Pink Dots, In The Nursery, Portion Control et al.
Founder Martin Bowes has steered the band through a 30 year career, fueled by a succession of critically acclaimed albums…and selling over 60,000 to date.

The band has toured much of Europe, North and South America, and even as far as Asia, appeared at major festivals and had their music included on a number of film soundtracks…
Through their career Attrition have worked with musicians as diverse as psychedelic veterans The Legendary Pink Dot’s to punk legend TV Smith to Franck Dematteis of the Paris Opera.

Attrition’s music has featured on countless releases – from 1984’s “Bullshit detector” on Crass records to the hugely successful “Animal liberation” album alongside Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Smiths, Nina Hagen & Lene Lovich etc…
Recently their song “Acid Tongue” featured on KTEL ‘s Industrial story CD – a who’s who of industrial music with Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Neubauten et al…
In Germany Orkus magazine’s Best of the 90’s collection featured their darkwave classic “A girl called harmony”…

Attrition’s work been remixed by underground artists from an eclectic mix of genres including Chris n Cosey, Martin Atkins, Dance or Die and UK drum n bass act Rascal & Klone…(featured on the first Grand Theft Auto game soundtrack..)

Martin’s increasing studio production work has included mixes for The Damage Manual, Die Form, In the Nursery, Black tape for a blue girl Black tape for a blue girl and more…
He recorded a song for the last Pigface album and recorded the narrators voice to an upcoming US horror film, “C for Chaos”…

Attrition – The Great Derailer

Attrition – The Bone Factory

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Band/Artist location – Coventry England
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