The sound of Agent Side Grinder fits perfectly with artists such as John Foxx, The Normal, Cabaret Voltaire, Depeche Mode, and I can even trace elements of Kraftwerk and Tangarine Dream. This is mostly because of their analogue sound which makes them sound pretty nice and nostalgic.
Agent Side Grinder hail from Sweden and “Hardware” is their third album.
Their eponymous debut album was released in 2008 and was followed by the “Irish Recording Tape” in 2009 that resulted in an invitation to support genre forefathers Suicide. That same year they released on cassette “The Transatlantic Tape Project”.
Manic Depression Records released their double CD “Industrial Beauty”, a selection of their best tracks from the two official album releases.
“Hardware” is their third official album, released in 2012, and was followed by the live album “Hardware Comes Alive” (in 2012) and the remix album “SFTWR” (in 2013).
The dancey “Look Within” opens this 8-track album and is followed by the mechanical pace of “Sleeping Fury”.
“Rip Me’ meets the spirit of Depeche Mode of the Vince Clarke era to introduce us to the minimalistic melody of the “Wolf Hour”, with additional vocals by former lead singer of Yvonne and Strip Music, Henric de la Cour.
The three next songs find the band experimenting with sequencers and industrial soundscapes.
The album closes with the synth pop track “Stranger Stranger”.
“Hardware” is a very interesting approach to the roots of what we today call EBM, Future Pop, etc. Using their analogue sounds, Agent Side Grinder presents us with a synth pop album in the spirit of the late 70’s, early 80’s.
You can order their releases from http://www.agentsidegrinder.com/
The track “Wolf Hour” (Red Idiot Remix) from Agent Side Grinder’s digital single “Wolf Hour”. Video editing/art direction by Wolfgang von Sade.