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Album Review

With the advent of post-punk revivalism running rampant on the indie scene in 2005, it only made good sense for labels like Cherry Red to dig deep in the trenches and start reissuing collections from some of the originators of the sound. This long overdue collection of Artery's works isn't a greatest-hits anthology (though all of them are here), but a smattering of well-known hits, outtakes, and alternate mixes from the glory years of 1981-1983. "Into the Garden" (which immediately had them pegged in the press as Sheffield's answer to Joy Division) kicks things off nicely, and is probably the track most people (especially Peel fanatics) will remember the group for, but there's a plethora of other pop gems here that also do the job nicely. With extensive liner notes by AMG contributor Alex Ogg, this is a perfect starting point to explore the riches of a band whose time for proper recognition is long overdue.


Formed: 1978 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The artsy post-punk band Artery formed in Sheffield, England, in 1979, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Toyce Ashley, bassist Neil McKenzie, drummer Garry Wilson, and guitarist Mark Gouldthorpe. The quartet was originally called The but they wisely opted for a change. Artery made their debut on Limited Edition, a label run by their manager, with 1979's Mother Moon single, and were featured a couple months later in a major NME article that rounded up the then fertile Sheffield scene. On the Aardvark...
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