The Black Dog exploring the old ways… ”We pushed further by adopting old practices, working with one synth per person and limiting the use of our computers. We only stopped short of putting everything on beer crates. It seems like madness these days, but there is raw creativity within these confines.”
dust science recordings
Xerox Girls – Rammle EP [DUSTV035]
The Black Dog uncover a hidden corner of Sheffield’s DIY history with five tracks from Xerox Girls issued on their Dust Science imprint. The Xerox Girls formed in 1979 after witnessing other Steel City bands such as Cabaret Voltaire, They Must Be Russians and The Stunt Kites but to this day their tracks have been the preserve of obscure compilations and Sheffielders in the know. With an array of Acetone drum machines, Revox tape deck and suitably cheap synths they build strange and spiky tracks with one eye on the dancefloor and another wandering to more experimental sounds, ranging from the water-logged Coldwave of signature tune ‘Xerox Girls (We Are)’ to the tunnelling pulses of ‘Erase Me’ and trippier jaunts like ‘Level Five Car Park Dreams’ or the spitting circuitry of ‘Rammle’.