Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Lines - Statues ep (1981, Live Wire)

The Lines (not to be confused with the recently-reissued British post-punk group of the same name) were quite simply a product of their environment, or more precisely, era. By the time the 12" Statues ep was minted in 1981, this Long Island, NY four-piece had fully inundated themselves with the offerings of Elvis Costello, The Cars, Talking Heads and the like. Expelling such easily identified influences over the course of four songs, with considerable aplomb and competency, The Lines boast whirring synths, rythmic incisiveness, and neurotic vocal intonations. The Statues ep is excusably derivative, and moreover, lots of fun. All of these songs (plus two more) can be downloaded from The Lines website linked above, but at half the bitrate of mine and sans the nifty artwork.

01. Action/Fraction
02. Again
03. I'll See You
04. Statues

http://www25.zippyshare.com/v/NN7tW76L/file.html

2 comments:

Grammarian@mindspring.com said...

I saw these guys live a couple of times, back in the day. They put on a good show, as I remember.

frankdoris said...

Wow, what a site! I did not know about it until a friend pointed it out. I will have to check it out in depth. As another friend of mine likes to say, better to be a has been than a never was!

Frank Doris (guitarist/vocalist for The Lines).