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Album Review

Considered by many as the first power electronics record, Erector set a new standard for experimental noise, characterized by extremely high and low frequencies, piercing electronic effects, and aggressive vocals that speak of power and domination. The first of many releases in 1981 for the Come Organisation, Whitehouse once again took a page from the book of Throbbing Gristle by releasing as much product as possible as quickly as possible. While Throbbing Gristle often released shoddy product to exemplify their mass production/industrial philosophy, Whitehouse made every effort to maintain the highest quality, as can be heard on Erector. Despite its short length, clocking in at four songs and 27 minutes, it stands as one of the greatest works of the U.K. early industrial music scene. A record that is as much about attitude as it is about the music, Erector illustrates the influence of punk rock on the resurgence of experimental music in England at the time. From start to finish, a dark forbidding mood is created that has never before been captured on vinyl. The design is known for its provocative artwork by Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound. Reissued on CD by Susan Lawly in 1995, keeping Stapleton's artwork intact. Highly recommended for fans of experimental music.

Customer Reviews

Whitehouse - Erector

Very early Whitehouse. Much different from their modern laptop and synth based sound. Also, there are very few vocals on this album and when they do show up they are much more in the vein of early/mid period Sutcliffe Jugend (mostly just screams/drones). I like the harsh, ice-pick to the ears sound this album has however and would definitely recommend it to the die hard Whitehouse fan.

Not Half Bad; Not Half Good Either

As early whitehouse goes erector is not bad but its also not the work of wonder that the itunes review claims it to be. The sound of this album is largely based around flanger and tremelo tweaked high frequency drones and heavily distorted vocals. Its Sparse and somewhat mellow by whitehouse standards. Truth is both earlier albums, Birthdeath Experience and Total Sex, were better than this; as are later ones like great white death. Erector is interesting mostly as an artifact of the early days of power electronics.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Whitehouse formed in 1980 on the fringe of the industrial music scene. Created by William Bennett, they pioneered a branch of experimental noise known as "power electronics," a genre explored by Japanese artists such as Merzbow. Influenced by contemporaries such as Throbbing Gristle and composers such as Alvin Lucier, Whitehouse developed a unique sound mixing high and low frequencies with aggressive bursts of electronics and vocals. With their label Come Organisation, they released what they termed...
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