SOUND, THE: Physical World: 7”

Half of the much-missed repro punk label Sing Sing Records launched Reminder Records this year. The catalog starts in fifth gear with a real ripper: a repress of the rare ’79 single from England’s The Sound. Adrian Borland started The Sound after The Outsiders broke up. The result was a colder, more rigid sound in the arena of England’s post-punk movement. The single opens with “Cold Beat,” a song driven by a jumpy guitar played over high speed, mechanical drums. The sparse drumming creates an obsessive swing. Fans of Joy Division and Gang Of Four should not miss this. Reminder Records has three excellent repro singles out this very moment covering varying segments of the punk rainbow. Everything Sing Sing did was gold. This new endeavor is definitely a label to look out for. – Billups Allen (Reminder)