Beautiful Monsters (Singles and Demo Recordings 1984-1986) Is Out Sep 16th Via Optic Nerve Recordings/Darla.
Extremely underrated and highly innovative 1980’s folk punks Folk Devils will release their singles collection Beautiful Monsters for the first time on CD next month. Included are all of Folk Devils singles and bonus unreleased demos. It will also be available on limited edition 180 gram vinyl with restored audio remastered specifically for the format.
Folk Devils, named after Stanley Cohen’s book on youth and subcultures Folk Devils and Moral Panics, were formed in London in late 1983 by Ian Lowery, Whiteley, Kris Jozajtis, and Alan Cole. In their intense and short life span the group released a number of acclaimed singles such as ‘Hank Turns Blue’, and ‘Beautiful Monster’ along with the Fire and Chrome EP and three sessions for John Peel on the BBC.
Over the course of their history they explored Lowery’s misanthropic world view which had been formed during the early punk days and an increasingly sharp and biting sound that bordered somewhere between blues, folk and punk. However, by early 1986 the group had imploded due to frustrations in the ranks.
Listening to the group’s output again highlights just how far ahead of their time they were and how much of waste it is that the band did not reach higher peaks in popularity. Sadly, Lowery passed away in 2001 at the age of 45 and so this collections aims to pay tribute to his creative genius and the legacy of the quartet.
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