Second Layer
World Of Rubber
Dark Entries
DE 096
2018 Repress. Original metallic sliver and black jacket , incl. fold out insert
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1Definition of Honour
2In Bits
4Save Our Souls
6Underneath The Gloss
8Japanese Headset
9Black Flowers
10Courts Or Wars
11Metal Sheet
13State Of Emergency
14I Need Noise
15The Cutting Motion
17Split Screen
18Death Process
19The Telephone Call.
20Deadly Norwegian Attack

Second Layer was the side project for Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey of post punk band The Sound. The project was born from early punk band The Outsiders, which had both Graham and Adrian as members. Second Layer featured the voice and guitars of Adrian mixed with the bass and pioneering electronics of Graham. The music was bleak, detached and desolate but very beautiful. The mix of the honest songwriting and the harsh backdrop set it apart from most other music around the time.

The band’s first two singles were released by Tortch label. The first was ‘Flesh As Property’ EP in 1979 and the second ‘State Of Emergency’ EP in 1980. By 1981 Second Layer had found a home on London-based label Cherry Red and released their debut album “World of Rubber” in November of that year. Full of hard mechanical sounds produced by Adrian’s guitars and Graham’s homemade drum machines, the album actively involves the listener. Songs are manic and twisted, pensive and pervaded with haunting subterranean atmospheres. Adrian’s anguished voice tackles lyrics that are political and probe the darker preoccupations like grim depression and death obsession. Metallic guitar riffs and moody baselines thump alongside Wasp synthesizer beeps and the band’s cache of sampled metronomic sounds slowed down and looped. A homegrown electronic garage band that sits alongside their contemporaries Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire and Pubic Image Limited.

This deluxe 2xLP edition features the complete recorded output of Second Layer plus 5 unreleased demos from 1978-80. All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. Each LP comes in an exact replica of the original metallic sliver and black jacket from the 1981 issue with a never seen before fold out poster made by the band in 1980 with liner notes, photos and press clippings. Though Adrian passed away in 1999, his genius lives on in these recordings. “Clap the headphones on, squeeze the volume up.”