This is the vinyl re-release of a cassette that was originally released in London, circa 1987. Hysteria Ward plays synthy, female-fronted goth punk. Pretty slow, pretty sad sounding, but played with conviction. The singer’s voice is so strong, she might as well be boarding up my windows, forbidding the California sun from entering. Dreary, haunting stuff. The release includes a CD-R with some extra tracks and the liner notes include a history of the band. My favorite anecdote from it is in 1983 when they were looking for their first drummer they placed in ad in Melody Maker that said, “Drummer wanted. Must be into The Cure, Wire, and Associates.” That’s a good start for describing their sound, but Hysteria Ward is much, much punker.
–Daryl Gussin (General Speech)