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This Eternal Waiting

From: Dun Laoghaire / London

Active: ca 1985-87

Style: Industrial/Goth/EBM


Bio: I know next to nothing about this London based mid-80s group originally from Dun Laoghaire. Martha Sommerville (vocals) and Frank O'Neill (instrumentation) were the core members. Donagh O'Leary (of Very Mental, etc) was a member at some point and is credited on their 1986 single. Their debut album was recorded at various squats in London in 1987. These recordings are synthpop/electronic/EBM for the most part. Approx 50 test pressings of the album were made. Some of these, with handwritten details and no artwork, were distributed among friends, DJs, etc. but the vinyl edition never made it to the release stage. Instead it was released on cassette, available from the Dalkey address of I Live In Hell Records, but this was difficult to come by. The Spanish Dead Wax Records reissued the album in 2020 with a bonus track. More archive recordings have emerged since 2010 via the bands bandcamp page including the Culture EP (1985 recordings) and the Lost EP (1986-87 recordings).

The band were featured in a Dublin fanzine I'd never heard of called 'Eclectic' in 1986. Anyone out there have a copy of that?


• various artists - It's Not Just All Leprechauns
K7 - I Live In Hell Records - BURNT 1 - IRL - 1984
See Compilations section for full track listing.

• The Prize / Love And Live Tombs
7" - I Live In Hell Records - BURN 2 - April/May 1986 - no PS

• In This Morbid Ecstasy A Release Is Needed
LP - I Live In Hell Records - BURN L1 - 1987 - Test Pressing only [50 copies]
K7 - I Live In Hell Records - BURNT 8 - 1987 - not all copies with inlay/j-card
CDR - I Live In Hell Records - ARCHIVE 4 - Oct 2018 - Test Pressing only
LP - Dead Wax Records - DW026 - Spain - 2020 - [200 numbered copies, 80 grey/120 black] +insert
Produced by Frank O'Neill and Simon Crab (Bourbonese Qualk)

Notes: The A-side of the test pressing plays at 45, the B-side at 33⅓. The Spanish reissue resequences the album and renames a couple of tracks, but as far as I can tell [I haven't heard it] it's the same album with one bonus track 'Don't Stop', recorded in 1988. The reissue plays at 33⅓.
Those who helped with the making of the record include Simon Crab and Craig Runyon (both associated with Bourbonese Qualk) and Ronan Harris (VNV Nation).


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Links: bandcamp

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