Trouser Press Tuesday: BLACKBIRD

BlackBird (Iloki) 1988
BlackBird (Iloki) 1989
BlackBird (Ger. Fundamental) 1991
BlackBird (Scotti Bros.) 1992

After leading the leftist agit-punk Dils and cowpunk-pioneering Rank and File, California brothers Chip and Tony Kinman (originally of the punk Dils) reinvented themselves as BlackBird, a brooding duo whose clattery low-tech electro-garage sound and dystopic lyrical attitude presaged some of what would come to be known as industrial music. But, while most such combos generally attach a mechanical sound to equally machinelike compositions, BlackBird uses its technology as a counterpoint to its consistently well-crafted songs, which do not stray so far from the brothers’ punk and country roots(…)

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