Since forming in 2013 “under a pall of paranoia and disgust” they haven’t stopped moving. A conversation with them recalls stories of recording a ‘goth-dancehall’ track in Jamaica with Ninjaman, sailing into Britain for a series of shows, visiting occupied territories in Palestine on fact-finding missions, recording their debut album on a remote ranch in Texas and soaking up rays in Corsica – and that’s in the first five minutes.
The debut album 'Stress Positions' is a glorious collision of futurist electro, glacial goth tones, techno, post-punk and chillwave recorded using analogue electronics: samplers, step sequencers, synths and drum machines. Aesthetically it recalls the early pioneering synth-punk of bands such as Human League, Screamers and The Normal, when the most forwarding thinking punks looked to the twenty-first century. Dig deeper and it reveals an articulate, highly politicised collection that’s far from nostalgia for the recent past. Quite the opposite: 'Stress Positions' is forward-facing with strong state-of-the-world lyrical content.
Collapsing Scenery are entirely self-sufficient, sonic buccaneers sailing the seas with piratical intent.