Many thanks to Philip Sanderson, one half of these legendary fringe dwellers and proprietor of the equally renowned Snatch Tapes for providing this crucial lost piece of the Storm Bugs puzzle, a follow up to my post of his Carriage Return project. Dunno whether this tape or their Table Matter single was officially their debut (they're both listed as 1980), but this is everything a fan of left field D.I.Y. song structure perversion (U.K. stylee) could hope for. Much of what's heard on A Safe Substitute (fragments of which would re-appear elsewhere) were generated from that great old British analog beast, the VCS3 synthesizer, a machine used to more tonal ends by the likes of Franco Battiato and Pink Floyd and here providing swaying pendulums of corroded bloop, greyscale warble and hollowed out rhythms triggered from filter fucked arpeggiations, upon which they graft passages of alternately morose and plangent song structure fragmentation.
NOTE: Link removed as this is due for reissue shortly on Harbinger Sound.