We Have a Technical 194: Between Alt Metal and a Hard Place

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written by I Die You Die
February 8, 2018 | Category: We Have a Technical

Vintage Fear Factory with the old "promo pic in an abandoned factory" gambit.

The classic We Have A Technical format gets a nostalgic twist, as we’re each picking gateway records which helped usher them into darker music…even if Fear Factory’s Demanufacture and The Tea Party’s Splendor Solis had more in common with metal and blues-rock. How do these tentative first steps into industrial and goth rock hold up more than two decades on? Find out, plus get the latest on live show announcements! Also, is one of our favourite out of print records getting a supplemental release of outtakes which could possibly upend our understanding of 90s European electro-industrial? All that and plenty more on this week’s episode of the I Die: You Die podcast! You can rate and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, download directly or stream from the widget down below.

6 Responses

  • nht says:

    Harsh words for poor old Windsor!

  • nht says:

    More substantively, looking back on things, my “gateway” record might have been David Bowie’s “Outside.”

  • jared donisvitch says:

    Great episode. I agree falling into the clutches of both tea party and fear factory as gateway bands. Transmission being the first tea party i stumbled on. But predating both of those i believe my first gateway album/band was in fact 1993′s Bloody Kisses by Type O Negative. This really was my first insight to such bizarre sounds, mechanized grinding, brooding blackness (i didn’t even know what goth was at that age) doom atmosphere and a touch over the top. This one still sticks with me even though it’s not really of our thing at all.

  • Schmor says:

    My “gateway” was what CFNY 102.1 out of T.O. used to be… a time when I remember driving home from uni listening to Candle by Puppy on a new music segment at 3 in the afternoon. They used to broadcast “alternative” nights from clubs that included everything from britpop to ska to punk to electronica to industrial to grunge, etc. from 9-2 every Fri & Sat and I attended many of them. Also, my favourite club Gord’s Place in St. Catharines, Ont. (now repurposed) used to model itself on the CFNY model. That’s how I was introduced to all manner of alternative music and they would play Nitzer Ebb and 242 as readily as they played Blur and Prodigy. It’s the mix of quite disparate genres that got me into a variety of music and it’s lasted to this day. Now 102.1 is absolute shite, but back then it was a major radio station that gave love to what we call “our thing”.

    As for a gateway band/album, it was NIN Pretty Hate Machine, as I’m sure it was for many.

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