PITCHSHIFTER arose from the early '90s industrial underground, in
Nottingham, UK as aggressive social commentators, hearkening back to the early
days of British punk and American hardcore (a la the MINUTEMEN and DEAD
KENNEDYS). Their reputation rapidly spread by word of mouth, as the band
opened for everyone from FUGAZI to NAPALM DEATH. PITCHSHIFTER signed to
Earache in 1992, and their first two releases, the mini-album Submit (1992)
and the full-length Psensitised (1993), established them as mainstays on the
scene. The popularity of the latter allowed them to spend two years on the
road, stunning audiences with explosive performances that incorporated
innovative slide shows. The Earache releases and the growing buzz about
PITCHSHIFTER simultaneously found their way across the Atlantic, capturing the
attention of American listeners.
While steadily building a loyal fan base, the band had rapidly earned the
respect of musical colleagues. Pitchshifter Vs... The Remix Wars (1995)
found fellow musicians flocking to remix versions of PITCHSHIFTER¹s original
songs. In 1996, they morphed away from their industrial roots, placing an
even heavier emphasis on electronics. With their Infotainment? album, the
band sought to spread their message to the mainstream via technology. They
even included free samples at the end of the CD- encouraging fans to
manipulate the sounds themselves, to indulge their own musical flair.
On their most recent full-length, www.pitchshifter.com (MCA, 1998),
PITCHSHIFTER seamlessly integrate a diversity of musical genres and
techniques. "We discovered that we all like two things, breakbeats and punk,"
explains bandmember JS Clayden. The band continues to experiment without
sacrificing either their signature aggressive sound or an upfront political
agenda. They recently donated a song to the AK Press benefit comp, Return Of
The Read Menace. Songs from www.pitchshifter.com have won best video in
1998¹s Kerrang awards, cracked the top sixty on the UK charts, and earned the
band spots on both the Ozzfest and Warped tours.
Alternative Tentacles is excited to kick off the year with a new 4-song
release from PITCHSHIFTER. The title track, "UN-UK", pokes fun at the ol
United Kingdom, set to a backdrop of spastic breakbeats, aggressive guitars,
and scathing vocals. Also included is a remix of the song by Fuzz Townshend
(Pop Will Eat Itself, Bentley Rythmn Ace), and a technofied (but no less
brutal) cover of the Big Black classic "Kerosene." Let PITCHSHIFTER ease your
fears of technology and guide your ears into the new millennium.