This post presents a continuous, 17-minute edit made up of pieces of Shriekback’s archival release, “Clink Jam” – a recently-discovered 1983 rehearsal tape. You can buy the full release on the Shriekback store.
Specifically, this edit is made up of edits of half-a-dozen “Clink Jam” tracks, which were then segued together into one track. It was an informal jam session, with slack and finding-the-next-move moments, and I just took those out, so corners get turned as frequently as your ear wants them to be turned. I am posting the edit at the request of the band.
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Shriekback is an active band, releasing frequent new albums lately, which feature three-fourths of the original lineup heard on “Clink Jam.” I’m a big fan. In 2018, my brother and I flew from the U.S. to Amsterdam specifically to see Shriekback mount a rare, large-band live show at the Paradiso.
So, whether you know Shriekback or have never heard of them… what is documented on the “Clink Jam” tape?
- Dave Allen: bass (following his departure from Gang of Four)
- Martyn Barker: drums (Dave Allen’s new Hugo Burnham, but funkier)
- Barry Andrews: keyboards (following his time in XTC and Fripp’s League of Gentlemen)
- Carl Marsh: guitar (following his time in the great, obscure Out on Blue Six)
Andrews and Marsh are also the band's lyricists and singers, though that’s not really a factor on the “Clink Jam” tape. I’m reasonably sure all four of them made all sorts of sounds on the studio recordings.