Though time and repetition of schemes have had their effect on the meaning of the word, there was a time when the post-rock label was synonymous for experimentation, risk and inventiveness. For unpredictable songs that took elements from different sources, including post-punk, kraut, expressionist jazz, classic-contemporary music, ambient, industrial and electronica. During the first half of the nineties, the UK was home to a collection of associated bands at the front of post-rock innovation, a group that had little to do with their North American counterparts. Along with bands like Bark Psychosis, Moonshake, Laika and Pram, three Essex adolescents (Ian Crause, Paul Wilmott and Rob Whatley) were squeezing their samplers, bass and electric guitars to shape the sound of one of the most idiosyncratic and fascinating bands of their time: Disco Inferno. They split up in 1995, leaving behind three albums; adored by their fans and yet unknown to the wider public. “D.I. Go Pop” (Bar/None/Rough Trade, 1994) and “Technicolour” (Rough Trade, 1996) are their masterworks, but the D.I. fans know that some of their best songs were only released on EP. Which is why it’s a good thing that “The 5 EPs” is going to be released, a CD album collecting the tracks originally released on the EPs “Summer’s Last Sound” (Cheree, 1992), “A Rock To Cling To” (Rough Trade, 1993), “The Last Dance” (Rough Trade, 1993), “Second Language” (Rough Trade, 1994) and “It’s a Kid’s World” (Rough Trade, 1994). It will be out on One Little Indian on 12th September.
The Last Dance It's A Kid's World