Thomas Leer & Robert Rental, The Bridge…

Celebrating synth pioneers from the Port

Photo by Andy Wishart, 1978

Thomas Leer and Robert Rental’s ‘The Bridge’ is re-issued on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1979, and on CD for the first time since 1992. We’re extremely excited to team up with the organisers of the From The Port To The Bridge exhibition in Greenock to offer an exclusive bundle to celebrate this seminal piece of synth history.

With Robert unfortunately passing away in 2000, this record, Leer and Rental’s one and only album together, stands alone in capturing the duo’s pioneering capabilities. ‘The Bridge’ was originally released on Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Records label in 1979 and is considered to be an early electronic avant-garde synth-pop masterpiece, seeing the likes of John Foxx, Propaganda, Art of Noise and ABC citing the pair as key influences. The release of this album aligns the exhibition ‘From The Port To The Bridge’ which will be held at The Horse Hospital in central London from 21st January until 10th February 2022. The exhibition, which was previously shown in Greenock in 2018, shares the story behind Thomas Leer and Robert Rental and the making of the album.

Included in this bundle, along with a faithful reproduction of The Bridge on limited white vinyl via Mute is :
– From The Port To The Bridge zine written and edited by curator Simon Dell
– Thomas Leer & Robert Rental T Shirt available in several sizes
– The Bridge Postcard signed by Thomas Leer
– Reproduction Industrial Records album promo poster

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