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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Klanggalerie gg136
Release Year: 2009
Note: re-issue of the first ever SPRUNG-album from 1981 (Zick Zack), with members of NEUBAUTEN; contains 4 new remixes rec. 2009
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"A re-issue of the first ever Sprung album from 1981, originally released by German cult label Zick Zack. Again, comparison with Einstrzende Neubauten is permitted, with band members playing in both bands. Another document of the high time of the "Geniale Dilettanten" movement in early 80's Berlin. German Industrial- avantgarde, original album plus bonus tracks." [label info]

"...these stripped down recordings represented the first officially released work from the seminal art-punk / industrial outfit, originally released back in 1981 on ZickZack as an eponymous album. That said, these were not the first recordings for Sprung Aus Den Wolken, as their Cassettencombinat studio / tape imprint had been recording a prodigious amount of material which actually warranted a 3lp boxset for Vinyl-On-Demand, much of it through the Sprung Aus Den Wolken moniker. Alexander Hacke and Kiddy Citny were the principal agents of Cassettencombinat in the day, and here on Dub & Die, Hacke was still in the band at the time, having not fully committed to the Einsturzende Neubauten cause. He proves once again to be an excellent foil to Kiddy Citny's punk poetics.
Compared to the sparkplug frenzy of the Faux Pas collection, Dub & Die is downright minimalist with lots of room spacing strangulated guitar and the loping basslines amidst the primitive electronics with Citny rambling as loose as ever but with considerable restraint. None of this is a bad thing, especially when the title track comes across like a German version of Young Marble Giants. There are other tracks tracks whose jittery funk mutations allude to a junkyard mish-mash of Gang Of Four and A Certain Ratio, and a few which do hold worthy comparisons to the early Neubauten spring-loaded Industrial numbers. Klanggalerie once again has unearthed a great record, which is limited in this cd reissue to 500 copies." [Aquarius Records]