Spinewrench "Heeldrag" 7"Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2005 @ 2:17am » permalink
Probably best known for the artwork he's done for Napalm Death over the years, English artist Rob "Mid" Middleton has been in a handful of killer bands in his day as well. First it was Deviated Instinct, now it's Bait, and in the early- to mid-90's it was industrial/metal act Spinewrench. The band started out as a trio in 1991 and later stripped down to a duo using a drum machine (to solid effect, I might add) around 1992/1993. Their final release hit the streets in 1995, and they called it quits a year later.
I bought this 7" on a whim almost two years ago because I really liked the name Spinewrench, it just has an awesome ring to it, but being the maniacal jackass that I am, I actually procrastinated and never even listened to the EP until last week! That's what happens when you spend so much time writing god damn record reviews, you become a fucking moron and don't even find the time to listen to the shit that you buy! And holy shit am I a huge moron, because this thing rules! Their third 7", released in 1994 on After the Bomb Records, this material offers up a style perhaps comparable to a mix of other UK acts like Godflesh and Optimum Wound Profile, using plenty of jarring textures and a nice acerbic bite to the vocals and guitar tone, not to mention some truly memorable and damn near catchy songwriting. I really need to get off my ass and track down their other work, because if everything they did was about as strong as this EP, then someone needs to step up and release a Spinewrench discography CD pronto, because I can't imagine there's any damn reason for this band to have been so ignored over the years. See for yourself…
And as a true example of just how absurdly swept aside this band seems to have been in their day, this 7" is actually still available after all these years for a mere $3:
Apparently my copy of the Social Decay 7" that I posted earlier this week came without an insert, which truly infuriates me to an immeasurable degree considering what I paid for the fucking thing (and we all know what a neurotic stickler I am about record packaging), so if anyone out there can provide me a decent sized scan of the insert that I can print out, please let me know! I need that insert!