Label: Geffen Records - 824 644-2 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Synth-pop
Vitamin Z founders Geoff Barradale and Nick Lockwood, both just 25 years old, were born and raised in the industrial wastelands of Northern England's Sheffield, a city whose pop heritage includes such notables as Dave Berry and Joe Cocker, as well as, more recently, Human Waterloo Girls - Morten Gunnar Larsen - Echo Of Spring and Cabaret Voltaire.
The group originally took shape around a loose-knit collection of local musicians who came together in a common rehearsal space. Barradale and Lockwood, recognizing early their mutual affinity for melodic evocative modern music, began developing material together, eventually forming a group that performed for increasingly enthusiastic crowds in and around their home town.
Prior to their signing to Geffen Records, the band cut some sides for PolyGram, meanwhile building a solid and growing reputation as a galvanic live unit. Barradale and Lockwood next traveled south to London to record their Geffen debut, choosing the famed Abbey Road Studios to cut the tracks that would eventually comprise Rites Of Passage.
An especially integral part Putrefying Remains - Sinister / Monastery - Sinister / Monastery the Rites Of Passage sessions was guitarist David Rhodes, perhaps best known for his work with Peter Gabriel and Blancmange. Vitamin Z - Rites Of Passage went on to become a full-fledged member of Vitamin Vitamin Z - Rites Of Passagebased on the creative chemistry among the young artists.
There come those moments, only too rarely, when a new band captures completely the spirit and energy of their time. Vitamin Z is such a band; their time is now and for a very long while to come. I agree it needs to be reissued. This is one of my favorite albums of all-time.
If you don't have this, download it now! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have the record - yes, actual vinyl, and my turntable isn't functioning, and I couldn't find Rites of Passage anywhere. I cannot believe that I found this! Can anyone email me the Rites of Passage?
Joe, I could email it to you, but it would have to be one track at a time. Let me know if you're interested. Going back and rediscovering Rites Of Vitamin Z - Rites Of Passage after 25 years filled me with a kind of dread.
What if I was a dumb teen easily seduced by marketing? I'm glad to report it's stood the test of time. The compositions are solid and the bonus tracks on the re-issue are worthy editions. The fact that V. Circus Ring is such an epic track! Post a Comment. Pages Home. In which we imagine a world where the compact disc was introduced inand now-obscure artists and albums could be preserved for posterity Provocative, compelling, innovative - Vitamin Zon Rites Of Passagetheir debut album for Geffen Records, Vitamin Z - Rites Of Passage fashioned a fresh and fully realized sound far ahead of its time.
It's an accomplishment all the more impressive given the fact that Vitamin Z is a brand new musical entity, a creative collaboration that catches and holds with assurance and aggression far beyond their years. Simply put, Vitamin Z may well be among the most important new English arrivals in recent memory. Remember, you heard it here first. It's getting hard to be original! Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
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