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This Kind Of Punishment - This Kind Of Punishment

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In the fertile terrain of New Zealand's 1980s post-punk scene, few figures loom as large as the Jefferies brothers. Graeme Jefferies and Peter Jefferies – the primary forces behind This Kind of Punishment – wrote some of the best music to come out on Flying Nun, Xpressway or elsewhere. A dizzying mix of pastoral ballads and DIY experimentation, TKP's songwriting was at once classic and acutely raw.

On their self-titled debut, the Jefferies brothers and Chris Matthews eschew the punk-informed modes of their contemporaries for a sound that is decidedly more deliberate / intimate. Rooted in a marriage between simplistic, classically-influenced piano, alternating guitar chime and sparse, subtle violin drone, This Kind Of Punishment is a contemplative, inventive collection of ideas corralled via economic 4-track recordings, minimal instrumentation and an austere performance style entirely of the Jefferies' own making. Songs like "After The Fact," "In View Of The Circumstances" and "Two Minutes Drowning" boast a living quality whereby the listener can act as bystander to these moments of creation – a trait that the band would expand upon throughout the course of their brief tenure.

First-time vinyl reissue since its initial release in 1983.

Format LP
Genre(s) Avangarde, Indie Rock
Label Superior Viaduct
Catalogue No. SV141
Release Date 09/02/2018
Barcode 855985006413
Country US
  • A1 After The Fact
  • A2 Instrumental
  • A3 Don't Take Those
  • A4 In View Of The Circumstances
  • B1 Two Minutes Drowning
  • B2 If An Axe Is An Arm
  • B3 Just Another Funeral
  • B4 Some More Than Others
  • B5 Ahead Of Their Time

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