VINYL VERSION (out early December, 2020): "translucent pinky pierrot red" vinyl (80 copies) or standard black (120 copies), inc. double sided insert + download code. PRE-ORDER here: www.deadwaxrecords.es/releases.php
My Pierrot Dolls formed in 1981 creating minimalistic synthpop “songs about death that you can dance to” and smoothly turned to a darker, guitar orientated but still synthy post punk sound by 1984. They had quite a repertoire but only a few songs were professionally recorded before their split in 1985 and only four of them were ever released. The first two were “Picture In Oils” and “My Pierrot Dolls” from 1982, which did it on the highly regarded and sought after “Subtle Hints” various artist compilation from 1983. Then in 1984 they managed to finally put out a 7” single of their own containing “Martyrdom” and “End Of An Era”, the latter being a re-recorded, quite different version of their 1983 original that was recorded but unreleased. Some other recordings and remixes remained unused and forgotten but fortunately the original ¼” reel tapes were kept and allowed us at Dead Wax Records to finally configure a proper MPD release compiling all their fantastic studio output, sounding better than ever before.
We are extremely happy to present you this great My Pierrot Dolls compilation album as a limited, hand numbered edition split in two vinyl colours; 80 copies on “pinky pierrot red” and 120 on standard black, housed in a matt finish sleeve with double sided insert and download code.
released December 2, 2020
“These songs were recorded between 1982 and 1984, a time when men were men and My Pierrot Dolls wore lipstick. Now I’ve taken off the costume and washed away my face… end of an era.”
All lyrics by Ivor Hillman. Music by My Pierrot Dolls.
Picture In Oils, My Pierrot Dolls, The Toy Pt. 2, Mirrors Don’t Lie - recorded by Ken Patten at Studio Electrophonique, Sheffield, 1982. Ivor Hillman (vocals, drum programming), Barry Thurman (bass, drum programming), Ian Hicken (keyboards), Pete Antcliff (keyboards).
End Of An Era, Red Creation, The Haunting – recorded by Ken Patten at Studio Electrophonique, Sheffield, 1983. Ivor Hillman (vocals), Barry Thurman (bass), Ian Hillman (keyboards), John Airton (guitar), Richard Scotrick (drums).
Martyrdom, End of an Era (7” Version) – recorded at Cargo Recording Studios, Rochdale, 1984. Ivor Hillman (vocals), Barry Thurman (bass), Ian Hillman (keyboards), John Airton (guitar), Howard Daniels (drums).
Transferred and remastered from the original ¼” reel tapes by Nicolás Zúñiga. Artwork by David Lanna.
Dead Wax Records is an independent label just like the ones in the early 80s. We do everything ourselves out of pure passion
for music, focusing mainly on post-punk, minimal & cold wave, synthpop, goth rock / pop. Quality music always, lost forgotten jewels in need of a second chance, recently discovered treasures that will see the light for the first time.
supported by 12 fans who also own “The Haunting / DW030”
I have not enjoyed an entire album the way I am enjoying Linea Aspera LP II, since the debuts of TR/ST, Austra, and The Organ (Entropy reminds me of them <3 ). And the last time I loved a sophomore album as much, if not more, as the debut was nearly 20 years ago.
It's simply incredible, deep, moving, and touching. Alison and Ryan, thank you for sharing all of these things. You two are explosive together! <3 kling_klang