“RUDIMENTARY PENI are a band so fucking good that no one will ever understand them; I doubt they understand themselves.” – Steve Albini, 1993
We can almost hear you mumble “about bloody time too!”. Yes, it’s taken a while. These Rudimentary Peni reissues have to be perfect you know, so sometimes we have to take our time. This one involved going back to the cutting room many times over to get the sound of the vinyl exactly right. We don’t want to mess about, we want top quality.
Death Church was recorded in two days at our very own Southern Studios in April of 1983. It was the band’s first long-player, following on the heels of their self-titled EP in 1981 and the Farce single on Crass Records in 1982. Arguably the most beloved album album of the band’s many fans, Death Church wore its contents on its sleeve, quite literally. The intricate line drawings of vocalist/guitarist Nick Blinko are dark visions of madness, religion and death…all of which are to be found in the lyrics within. Musically, Death Church has been embraced and claimed by every fringe musical niche of its time… it’s the album that brought together the death rockers, anarcho-punks, peace punks, hardcore punks, proto-metallers and art rockers.
Our vinyl reissue includes a faithful reproduction of the iconic fold-out poster sleeve from the original issue. Also included is the original insert (okay we changed a couple of minor things – see if you can spot them) and a card with a code entitling the purchaser to a free MP3 download. The LP is pressed on 180gm black wax. The CD version is in a gatefold wallet and includes a lyric insert.
We also have a t-shirt available which features the cover art on the front and the band logo on the back.
Death Church is available to pre-order from the Southern web shop now.