CABARET VOLTAIRE have announced the vinyl release of METHODOLOGY ’74-’78. Attic Tapes, collating the band’s early recordings. Out on 6 December 2019, the 7 x clear vinyl box set is available in a limited edition of 500 worldwide, and comes with an art print signed by Richard H. Kirk.
Listen to the Methodology version of their classic track ‘Nag Nag Nag’ here:
METHODOLOGY ’74-’78. Attic Tapes charts the development of Cabaret Voltaire, starting from their early experimental period of ’74/’75. The package contains recordings made during the same period as those featured on the recently reissued album, 1974-76, (originally released on Industrial Records) and features the original recordings of tracks such as ‘Nag Nag Nag’, ‘No Escape’, ‘The Set Up’, ‘Baader Meinhof’, ‘Here She Comes Now’ and ‘Do The Mussolini (Headkick)’, all later re-recorded with new equipment and released by Rough Trade in the late ’70s.
Initially a three piece, Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson began by playing around with recorded sounds manipulated by basic reel-to-reel tape recorders in Sheffield in 1973. Way ahead of their time, these ideas cumulated in 1975, when the three staged their first performance of these sound experiments and assumed the name Cabaret Voltaire, taken from the name of the club started in Zürich by the principals of the Dada art movement during the First World War.
“METHODOLOGY ’74-’78. Attic Tapes” is an invaluable insight into how the band evolved prior to, and during, the punk explosion, and how the music gradually took on a more structured and rhythmic form.
Cabaret Voltaire have been performing select festivals in recent years, and Richard H. Kirk is currently working on a new Cabaret Voltaire album set for release in 2020.