I don’t know what the state of industrial music is today. Maybe in the absence of any prominent torch-carriers, the best assuagement of genre uncertainty is to revisit the legends who have exemplified some of its best/weirdest aspects, and who are currently compelling revisits by reissuing the majority of their back catalog.
First, Throbbing Gristle reissued the handful of albums that were initially released prior to their initial breakup in 1981. Now, the band is continuing their partnership with Mute Records and reissuing the albums that were originally released between 2004 and 2007, which was the arguable honeymoon period immediately after TG reunited but before they released their final album, The Third Mind Movements. (Part Two: The Endless Not was a memorable effort during this period; and if you check out our review at the time, you can appreciate how Chris Carter, Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Peter Christopherson [RIP] managed to progress the sound that they more or less coined during the heydays of punk and countercultures generally.)
Accompanying Part Two on its reissue trip are TG Now — their first release post-reunion — and A Souvernir of Camber Sands, a 2004 live album recollecting the band’s performance at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas event that December. The two studio records’ll be packaged together on CD, limited edition clear vinyl, and digitally.
Pre-orders here. Everything comes out December 13. Meanwhile, here’s “Fed Up” from the their Camber Sands excursion: