'Entertaining package for UK fans'
Report by Jim McLean
UK Decay have released a great package of
entertainment for fans, in the form of a 20 minute, 12 inch record.
Lead singer of the local band, non-drinker and non-smoker Abbo,
from Farley Hill, told Feedback that Jerusalem had been included
for the benefit of fans at their live gigs. Abbo who rubs shoulders
with Billy MacKenzie of the Associates on a night out, said the
band are getting stronger through touring. 'We think about what
we are doing. Like I don't smoke or drink because I don't need
the kick from that. I am totally sacrilegious in all respects
apart from that,' he joked. But does fame and fortune change a
man? 'I really don't have any more money a week than if I was
on the dole. I'm not into material things, that's why the band
stayed on independent labels rather than signing a big deal. I
go to see a lot of bands, and listen to music all the time, but
nothing like a holiday or anything.' Said Abbo. Their new record
Rising From The Dread is on the Corpus Christi label. It's on
sale in Luton's HMV shop and Discoround now. This band are too
good to be just punks.
'Sounds' UK DECAY 'Rising
From The Dread' (Corpus Christi)
most extreme record in the pile, and despite/because of the
hostile reactions it's garnered in the office, a positive effective
stab at daring to be different. The first minute or so of 'Werewolf'
consists of unsettling subhuman growls and sound effects - a
perfect setting for Decay's rousing, invigorating music which
is beginning to draw on a deep, almost mystical strength that
places them at a point almost equi-distant between the Fall
and U2, if that can be imagined, lusting after a supreme physical
and mental peak. Decay are sorely misunderstood (as much by
a large section of their fans as by blinkered detractors) but
vocalist Abbo is predestined to be much more influential soon.
I shall interview him and put him on the cover of sounds, but
for now, this record has the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut.