Label: Celluloid Records
Personnel: Nicholas Cash (drums), John Studholme (guitar, backing vocals), David Boyd (bass, backing vocals), Susan Gogan (vocals, synthesizer)
Tracklisting: expert, wolf, cigarettes, existential, bits, the follower
A perfect realisation of the post-punk aesthetic, pragVEC have deservedly acquired cult status, even though this sole mini-album gathers together virtually everything they ever recorded.
Susan Gogan delivers deadpan-cum-neurotic vocals over angular guitars and an urgent-sounding rhythm section that leave you breathless. A strong Beefheart influence is evident on tracks like â€˜Existentialâ€™, possibly marking pragVEC out as the UKâ€™s answer to Pere Ubu. Indeed, the most striking track â€“ closer, â€˜The Followerâ€™ - employs wasp synth to quite remarkable effect with a lead line that Allen Ravestine would be proud of.
Whilst fans of â€˜colderâ€™ synth music may find the album hard to digest, pragVECâ€™s position in the development of eighties music should not be overlooked.
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