SPK were an Australian group who recorded into the late 80s and whose music ended up in the lower-case â€œindustrialâ€ zone â€“ industrial as in disco-dance, heavy-BPM goth garbage; very popular in the late 80s as Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll recall. But in 1978 and 1979 they were an incredible upper-case Industrial band all the way, as it was defined at the time â€“ jarring, abrasive, percussive, and other employing mangled synth sounds and rhythm patterns on scrap metal and cans & the like. Iâ€™m a recent convert to their early stuff. I wrote about it over here in 2004; hereâ€™s an excerpt from what I said then:
â€¦â€¦I am floored by how fantastically harsh and rhythmically complex their debut 1979 singles are: â€œContactâ€ and â€œMekanoâ€ in particular. These are the records that are not only mind-numbingly rare and collectable, but have been popping up on certain collectorsâ€™ lists of the world-beating best DIY 45s of that era. Iâ€™d have to agree. The 1979 version of SPK took a straight-to-the-gut punk rock approach to early industrial noise, and made a handful of tracks that you simply have got to hear if you havenâ€™t before. Iâ€™d count them among my favorite discoveries of the many things Iâ€™ve undeservedly ignored over the yearsâ€¦â€¦
Both these songs are available on a CD compilation called â€œAuto-Da-Feâ€ (buy it here), but if you canâ€™t find that, theyâ€™re available right here as well. Prepare to be floored.