The Informatics were part of Melbourne’s early ‘80s post-punk milieu, originally active between 1981–85. The group offered a electronic—but no less urgent—counterpart to the dominant guitar-driven culture of the time. Their primitive and cold electronica earned them a dedicated local following, with debut EP ’Dezinformatzia’ becoming a highly prized rarity in niche club circles throughout Europe. A 2013 compilation on US label Dark Entries documents their output from this period.
After several dormant decades, the Informatics reformed in 2012 to perform a largely improvised audio-visual set at Sabbatical’s Labour Day Weekend shows. Rather than rehash their post-punk roots the group evolved their approach. Contemporary technologies were incorporated alongside the analogue synthesisers of yesteryear to produce a sound that reflects the maturity of the performers, but that also acknowledges and cites the progressions of electronic music since their inception.
The material documented on this EP, recorded live in 2014, represents the refinement of this transition—and an indicator of where the Informatics are heading next.
released January 28, 2016
STEVE ADAM. Synthesiser and computer
RAMESH AYYAR. Vocals
VALEK SADOVCHIKOFF. Vocals and synthesiser
MICHAEL TRUDGEON. Vocals and synthesiser
Production management and recording by Marcus Cook / Shogun Lodge Mobile Recording Unit at Lucy Guerin Studio, Melbourne on 13 September 2014.