Prolapse Pointless Walks To Dismal Places

Optic Nerve
7th October 2022

Format Info

2LP with Signed Print

Includes Monorail Exclusive Prolapse Map, fully signed, Limited to 100.

Completely remastered under band supervision.

Pressed on burgundy vinyl and Presented in a gatefold matt laminated gatefold sleeve, with spot UV varnish.

We’re so excited to team up with our friends Prolapse for this special edition of their debut album, reissued in a deluxe edition with a whole disc of extra tracks on Optic Nerve.

It’s incredible how vital Prolapse sound now, almost 30 years on. Krautrocking, Sonic Youth meets The Fall brutal beauty, the group took the totally wired sound of the late 80s / early 90s guitar renaissance and exploded it with vocals that boast erudite lyrics and a constant flipping between spiked social commentary and sweet, melodic refrains. On their debut Pointless Walks To Dismal Places the concrete-strewn brutalism of their lyrics is married with an immediacy, a desperate spark of ingenuity that stamps all over the rulebook. They probably didn’t even read it anyway.

Features the original LP plus a bonus disc with the Cherry Red E.P tracks, plus a 16-page booklet containing photos, reviews, and sleevenotes from Mick Derrick, Steve Mack & John Robb.

Combining a metronomic krautrock beat played by a monster drummer, looping guitars and a boy/girl vocal that sounded like a bickering bed-sit argument turned into song, Prolapse had all the manic intensity of a nervous breakdown set against a backdrop of inventive guitar work and a really tough rhythm section. There were hints of the Fall, krautrock, PiL and a touch of the pure golden pop of Blondie along with the sense of restless dislocation shared by many of  the post-punk bands.

Prolapse arrived in the middle of the Britpop era and their tense, almost neurotic music clashed with the stadium-filling, jolly knees- up pop that dominated the indie mainstream of the time. By 1996 indie had become the mainstream in terms of record sales and sound and was strutting around at the opposite end of the cultural spectrum to the indie bands of the Eighties and their war against popular culture. Late arrivals Prolapse were the last gasp of this genuine independence.

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