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Kübler Ross

Kübler Ross
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*** LP reissue of this album in now available ****
from Polish label Ice Machine
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Akashic Records brings you the debut collection of mournful but vital, club blurred industrial electronics by Glasgow's Kübler Ross (Dave Clark, Craig Clark & Katie Shannon).

Stage one: Denial - cling to a false, preferable reality.

Kübler-Ross take their name from Swiss psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. During an extraordinary career she worked with Holocaust survivors and pioneered palliative care but is mainly known for proposing the (now largely discredited) theory of The Five Stages of Grief. Her latter years saw her become interested in near death experiences and contacting the dead.

Stage two: Anger - "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to me?"; "Who is to blame?"; "Why would this happen?".

You might hear echoes of Suicide. In 1978 synth-punks Suicide played the Glasgow Apollo, supporting The Clash. An axe was thrown at Alan Vega by someone in the audience after his taunt that “You fuckers have to live through us to get to the main band”.

A mood of ferocious and manic uneasiness prevails on these recordings.

Stage three: Bargaining - Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle.

You might hear echoes of Deutsch Amerikansiche Freundschaft’s Die Kleinen und die Bösen , one side studio and most of the other side live.

Polished anarchy of abused instruments, brutal rhythms and wailing electronics.

Raw sophistication. Nihilistic joy.

The mysterious insouciance and seductive belligerence of Katie Shannon’s vocals battle and flirt with motorik percussion and luscious but menacing synths.

Stage four: Depression - the individual despairs at the recognition of their mortality. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.

A Gloomy rapture of moral distress in Gothic latex.

Kübler-Ross established a headquarters called Shanti Nilaya—”ultimate home of peace” in Sanskrit. Its purpose was to investigate psychic healing and administer “life, death and transition” workshops that involve psychodrama and such purging acts as beating a telephone book with a rubber hose.

Stage five: Acceptance - individuals embrace mortality or inevitable future.

Appearing at sessions in darkened rooms at Shanti Nilaya these “entities” assumed human form and engaged in sexual relations with church members. “How is it,” one asked, “that an entity, a pure spirit, has cigarette breath?”.

You might hear echoes of Throbbing Gristle. Deformed pulses, distorted voices, drenched with reverb, sweat, ectoplasm and Buckfast.
Electro brutalist pop sensibilities entangled with metal and flesh and machine and flesh.

Sultry screaming and amputated yearning in a torrid love affair with death. Nightclub thanatology.

The dead are much wiser than us.

- Barry Burns

Akashic Records is a Glasgow based record label of unusual music in hand made packaging.

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Found tracks

Kübler Ross - Daria
Kübler Ross - Clean Me
Kübler Ross - Bridges
Kübler Ross - The Ball and The Box
Kübler Ross - Koss
Kübler Ross - Koss (live)
Kübler Ross - Go On Your Way
Kübler Ross - Victims Of Victimless Crime
Kübler Ross - Jump The Bluevale
Kübler Ross - Your're Ruining Yourself