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Bark Psychosis and the beginnings of post-rock

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 September 2012

This week Stuart selects Hex by Bark Psychosis as his featured album.

Released in 1994, it is considered to be the first ever post-rock album after Simon Reynolds used the term in an album review for Mojo magazine. In spite of this, the album received very little media attention, in an era when Britpop was at its prime.

Influenced by the noisy guitar sounds of Sonic Youth & Butthole Surfers and hardcore bands such as Big Black and Swans. Bark Psychosis actually started life as a Napalm Death cover band, before composing their debut record.

Recorded in a church in Stratford, Hex illustrates the band's move away from its thrash rock beginnings in favour of a more atmospheric, experimental sound.

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for France Gall

    France Gall Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son

    Greatest Hits, Philips

  • Image for Eneme

    Eneme Mosquito Bites

    White

  • Image for Bark Psychosis

    Bark Psychosis Absent Friend

    Hex, Circa

  • Image for Hot Horizon

    Hot Horizon I Can't Stay Awake

    Hello Thor/Denizen Recordings

  • Image for Alisdair Roberts

    Alisdair Roberts Haruspex Of Paradox

    Various _- Weirdlore, Folk Police Recordings

  • Image for Aardvark

    Aardvark Once Upon A Hill

    Esoteric Recordings

  • Image for Bark Psychosis

    Bark Psychosis Fingerspit

    Hex, Circa Records

  • Image for Darren Hayman

    Darren Hayman Stonehaven

    Lido, Clay Pipe Music

  • Image for Monolight

    Monolight Still Light

    Money Ruins Everything, Rune Grammofon

  • Image for Sky Architect

    Sky Architect Gyrocopter

    Excavations Of The Mind, Galileo Records

  • Image for Kayak

    Kayak Trust In The Machine

    Kayak, Pseudonym

  • Image for Thomas

    Thomas Helsabonkers

    Janela, Barnyard Records

  • Image for Anthony Braxton

    Anthony Braxton Little Symphony

    Affinity Plays Ornette Coleman's Little Symphony and Eight Other Modern Jazz Cla, AME

  • Image for Sheriffs Of Nothingness

    Sheriffs Of Nothingness Summer Night At The Crooked Forest

    Summer Night At The Crooked Forest, Sofa

  • Image for Hamilton Yarns

    Hamilton Yarns Times Are Good

    Hello Sparkle

  • Image for Richard House and The Five Fellows

    Richard House and The Five Fellows Credit Card

    Song Poems

  • Image for Charles Douglas

    Charles Douglas Spiders and Snakes (Live Freaks)

  • Image for Charles Douglas

    Charles Douglas Octopus (Cease To Exist) (Live Freaks)

  • Image for The xx

    The xx Crystalised

    CD SINGLE, Young Turks, 1

  • Image for Bark Psychosis

    Bark Psychosis Big Shot

    Hex, Circa

  • Image for Penguin Cafe Orchestra

    Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Sound Of Someone Who?s Going Away And It Doesn't Matter

    Music From The Penguin Cafe, Editions Eg

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