Social Climbers

Lydia Lunch

Lydia Lunch

No Wave—the label given to an offshoot movement of punk based in NYC’s Lower East Side from 1978-1982—usually conjures ideas of abrasive, DIY punk stripped down to its anarchic core. Brazen pioneers like Lydia Lunch, DNA, and Suicide valued aggressive, harsh performances over catchy melody, ensuring No Wave would never find its place in the mainstream.

While paying a visit to Soul-Sides, I was surprised to hear Social Climber’s ska-influenced song, “Chris and Debbie.” Yes it’s no-wave, but the electric beat and hypnotic guitars are a far cry from Sonic Youth’s distorted cacophony or Lydia’s blood-curdling howl. It almost sounds like the beat machine New Order used on their 1979 debut album, Movement. Enjoy the track here.

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July 29, 2009. Uncategorized.

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