Label: Neat Neat Neat
ABWARTS may not be a name you recognize, but it's a name that holds with it a certain musical integrity that only comes around when creative tread has been worn down after decades. ABWARTS, which translates to "Downwards" in German, is the name of a West German post-punk band that formed in 1979, just as the post-punk movement was gaining ground. They began as a scrappy punk rock outfit started by Mark Chung and FM Einheit, and made their presence known with the infectious single "Computerstaat". The single was ranked number one by the German independent charts for nearly a year. The band went into the studio to create their debut, and seminal LP, the post-punk masterpiece Amok Koma (1981). Amok Koma would never get a release in the US, or outside of Germany for that matter, leaving ears stateside without the dose of ABWARTS they so desperately needed. Until now. Neat Neat Neat Records will be reissuing ABWARTS' Amok Koma for the first time ever in the U.S. 250 copies will be available on clear smoke vinyl, while 750 copies will be available on black vinyl, with all new cover art by GUIDED BY VOICES mastermind, ROBERT POLLARD. Neat Neat Neat Records will also be including a faithful reproduction of the original 16 page booklet that came with the original German pressing, along with an additional page that will have translated lyrics and a letter from Frank Zeigert talking about the history of the record and the reissue.