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A Fridge Fulla Bribes

by Abortive Gasp

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The Beast 04:21
Preservation 03:50
Sororicide 04:33


The fourth and last studio album 'A Fridge Fulla Bribes' from 1989 was no longer recorded together: Harry Luehr still programmed synthesizers and drums, but the mixing was now entirely in the hands of Paal and some of his intimates. Nevertheless - or for that very reason - the acoustic convolute mixed in two sessions in December 1989 is self-confidently described in the subtitle as an 'electronic hardcore benefit' for Abortive Gasp.

As a result, the album comes across as very hard, wild and unstructured, and its sound design with a lot of distortion and guitar use is most reminiscent of post-industrial bands like Ministry or Revolting Cocks from the style-setting US label Waxtrax, which dominated the second half of the eighties together with the influential Alan Jourgensen. The most famous track of the album is the opener '(Steps to Heaven) Morph Pusher', which the band, however, does not want to be understood as a clandestine support of drug consumption. Quite the contrary: Here, the mercilessly driving sequencer sound and the lyrics smugly and sarcastically delivered by Paal rather evoke associations to a morphine-soaked dystopia, which could have been influenced by George Lucas' early work THX 1138'.

Also outstanding is the instrumental track '(Final Fracas) Chains', which offers uncompromisingly hard electro-industrial noise music that is not very danceable, but wears you out all the more for it. On the second side of the album, the industrial dancefloor dominates in the heavily overdriven disco sound around the tracks 'Disco Trauma' and 'Smashed My T.V.'.


released July 4, 2020

All works produced and arranged by Abortive Gasp.
Recorded at HOME on 30th Nov 1989 and 1st dec 1989.
Thanks to J.P. (guitar on 'Chains').
Sleeve: Nothing New But Normal.

'We dedicate this album to GOD, the highest controler and most executive manipulator.'


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Abortive Gasp Hamburg, Germany

'Abortive Gasp' was a Dark Wave group formed by lead singer Tim Paal and composer Harry Luehr in 1988 in Hamburg, Germany, later expanding to a trio.

In their homeland, the Electronic Body Music- and post-Punk-scene, they were musically characterised by the atypical high degree in improvisation as well as the early application of Dub. Because of their apolitical position they were contentious.
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