“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.
Rudimentary Peni’s Archaic was originally released in June 2004 on ten inch vinyl and CD. Some tracks are written by Grant and some by Nick whilst others are co-written by both members. Archaic deals more with personal experience than the majority of the bands previous releases. The twelve songs on the album cover a variety of, shall we say, darker topics including mortality, despair, cremation, and the closing of the British national health service. The brevity of the lyrics (often a single line) is matched by the pummelling harshness of the guitar riffs, which hammer away as if pouring salt into an open wound.
We’re now proud to present the remastered version of Archaic. The vinyl version is on 180g white wax and features gatefold sleeve, 6 full size double-sided art cards, bonus poster, and download card. Also available: CD version in gatefold wallet with 16 page art/lyrics booklet, and a limited edition shirt.
Truth told, we had a bit of trouble with this one. Firstly, in between cutting the vinyl and being ready to press it, our original pressing plant managed to damage one side of the metalwork. We decided to move to another pressing plant and had the damaged side recut there. We pressed the album, only to discover that it now had two B-sides. That original plant had also managed to mislabel the metalwork, so the side we thought was damaged (A) was actually side B. Now we had to recut B again at the new plant. This time we pressed it on white vinyl so there can be no confusion. Honestly, the final cuts are much better sounding than the ones we discarded, so we’re not going to cry into our milk for too long about it. About 50 copies of the double-B side version on black vinyl made it into circulation via our mail order department before we caught the mistake. Those customers have already been sent replacements at no charge. All of the rest of the double-B side vinyls have been destroyed.
Next up in the Rudimentary Peni reissue series is Death Church, in January.
• Nick Blinko
• Grant Matthews
• Jon Grenville
1. One and All
3. In Crematorium Flame
5. The Rain
6. Mercy of Slumber
7. The Curse
8. The Enlightened Dreamer
9. X N.H.S
10. Farewell Tomorrow
11. House of the Void
12. Rehearsal for Morality
Those of you who know us will know that we have long been supporters of Britain’s best music festival by far – Supersonic! Held annually in England’s own Rock City – Birmingham – the festival is curated by the enormous brains and generous hearts of the ladies from Capsule (who also promoterregular gigs in Birmingham venues). And this year we will be there again, and we’ll be running a stall in the marketplace with a full array of our recent releases and back catalogue. Continue reading →