V1.0's tech-rock 'n' roll collection hard to beat
15th March 2005 - Bucks Free Press
I admit this is my first big venture into the world of technopop and industrial music and I really enjoyed it, writes Jenna Towler.
I've dipped my toes in the water with a couple of Air albums but never fully emersed myself in electronica.
Outlines v1.0 is a great way to start. On one album you get a taste of all that local electronica has to offer on one nicely packaged CD.
Technopop and Industrial definitely prevail on this 15 track compilation from Line Out Records, an independent label based in Maidenhead.
Bands, artists and "popular music projects" from around the South East show off their unusual blend of computer programming and vocals on Outlinse v1.0.
Brother Orchid hail from High Wycombe, Interstellar Rhythm Machine are from Maidenhead as are Schadenfreude, (a German term for laughing at someone else's misfortune.)
Schadenfreude are a synth-rock duo. Their stuff is catchy, with slightly pretentious lyrics that don't rhyme - as all good synth-rock lyrics should be.
Two excellent tracks from Reincarnationfish and another couple from Interstellar Rhythm Machine stand out for me on the album.
IRM are influenced by Tangerine Dream and JM Jarre and everything in between. Their two tracks, Generation and Draa Valley, are long melodically evolving tunes which really had me hooked.
All the bands are active on the live scene in venues where they let you play without a drummer and an acoustic guitar. Other groups featured include Faetal and Trauma Pet.
If you want to dive into electronica Outlines v1.0 is a fantastic place to start.
A CD launch party takes place at The Rising Sun, Forbury Road, Reading, just two minutes walk from Reading Train Station, on Wednesday.
It is free entry from 8pm and with feature High Wycombe's Brother Orchid and Schadenfreude. There will be lots of free stuff being handed out.