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Formed in 1986 by East London school friends Graham Sutton and John Ling, Bark Psychosis started as a teenage band into 1980s hardcore noise practitioners such as Sonic Youth, Napalm Death, Big Black and Swans. However, after the permanent addition to the line-up of Mark Simnett and Daniel Gish, the band released a succession of EPs and singles between 1988 and 1992 over which they found their own sound veering towards a more restrained and experimental style, similar to the path taken by latter day Talk Talk and AR Kane, which included elements of free jazz, ambient, sampling and programming…

It was a fascinating evolution that peaked during the arduous recording of their first LP, which took most of 1993. Released the following year, “Hex” features eight tracks with perfect dynamics individually and as a whole. “Hex” prompted journalist Simon Reynold to mention the term “post-rock” in its review of the album, thus creating a label that would be used in the following years to describe the music of other contemporary bands such as Tortoise, Disco Inferno, Labradford, Laika…

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