Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Box - Secrets Out

Continuing the catalog of Sheffield band The Box, composed of ex-Clock DVA members Charlie Collins (sax, flute), Paul Widger (guitar, vibraphone), and Roger Quail (drums), plus Terry Todd (bass) and Peter Hope (vocals), here is their first full-length LP, Secrets Out (Go! Discs VFM4, 1983). I've already written about The Box here, so I won't repeat it, except to reiterate that The Box's version of skronk/no wave is second to none. Pete Hope sounds like a cross between James Brown and Tom Waits after a triple espresso. Now that I've thought about it for a week, I've found a good comparison band for The Box: the Fire Engines. The Box produced the same kind of aggressive, abrasive, free-jazz/rock hybrid music, but took it even farther afield. Secrets Out contains a generous helping of twelve songs, though only one of them is over three minutes long. Get the album here or here.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You've gone and done it again ! Cheers !

Fantod said...

Thanks, I'm glad somebody else remembers it!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic record. I'm playing my vinyl copy right now and found this via google. I saw them live on two occasions and they were incredible. Thanks for posting.

Novemberer said...

You beauty! I used to own this back in t'day but flogged it, along with the rest of their ace back catalogue, in the mid-90s (I'm sure you've heard this all before but I'll continue regardless!). I've managed to track most of their stuff down again since but Secret's Out is the one piece of vinyl that continues to elude me. I've been waiting for someone to upload it for AGES. So, erm, many thanks for bothering (I'm gonna play this to death...!).

Jim Ward said...

They made such a huge impression on me and still do sure wish I could've seen 'em live but they are one band that I got the whole discography..Tops !!!