(ltd. ed. 500) Including not less than 8 bonus-tracks!
Formed in the early 80s by ex-Men Without Hats guitarist Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn, Rational Youth was later joined by Kevin Komoda and went on to record arguably the greatest electropop album Canada has ever seen with Cold War Night Life. A national tour and 20,000 copies later, the band broke up, a new band was formed, a new album was released, only to have the band break up again in 1986.
Since then, Rational Youth has been revived several times with different line-ups, each time adding something wonderful to the mix, but always rooted in Howe's knack for melody and his remarkable vocal style. Returning in 2016 as a duo (Howe and wife Gaenor), Rational Youth is set to release its first original material since 1999 as a beautiful 10" vinyl thru Toronto's Artoffact Records.
This 10" features five all new tracks that harken back to the pioneering minimal synth style that made Rational Youth famous. The first track to leak, This Side of the Border, could have been a single off Cold War Night Life with its upbeat and clipping synths, dour lyrics, and hooky chorus. Other tracks, including the amazing Western Man, remind us that, at its core, Rational Youth was always about politics, something that should not surprise those who danced on the Berlin Wall. A cover of Psyche's classic Unveiling the Secret closes out the release, but only leaves us wanting more.
01. This Side of the Border
02. Western Man
03. In the Future
04. Here it comes again
05. Prison of Flesh
06. Unveiling the Secret (The Word Made Flesh)
07. The Face of Dorian Gray (with Johan Baeckström)
08. Dancing to the Fall of the Berlin Wall
09. This Side of the Border (Decoded Feedback rmx)
10. Here it comes again (Mars TV redux)
11. Western Man (MX Carisma rmx)
12. This Side of the Border (Diskodiktator rmx)
13. Prison of Flesh (Johan Baeckström rmx)
14. Here it comes again (Diskodiktator rmx)