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Big Black – Lungs – Vinyl Record

 

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Big Black – Lungs – Vinyl Record

Lungs is the debut EP by Big Black, a seminal post-punk/noise rock band from Illinois, led by Steve Albini. Released in December 1982, this EP marked the beginning of Big Black’s influential presence in the underground rock scene. Known for its aggressive, abrasive sound and its incorporation of a drum machine named Roland, Lungs was a stark departure from much of the music of its time, characterized by its raw power and minimalistic production.

Lungs was recorded on a modest budget, which influenced its raw and unrefined sound—a feature that became a hallmark of Big Black’s style. The EP includes a mix of aggressive noise rock and industrial elements, with Albini’s piercing guitar work and shouted vocals taking center stage. The use of the Roland drum machine added a mechanical hardness to the music, enhancing its visceral impact.

Key Tracks

“Steelworker” – Often considered the standout track of the EP, “Steelworker” exemplifies the intense, industrial sound that Big Black would become known for. The song features gritty lyrics that reflect the harsh realities of industrial labor.
“Live in a Hole” – This track continues the theme of bleakness and despair, with Albini’s lyrics painting a vivid picture of desolation against a backdrop of relentless, pounding rhythms.
“Dead Billy” – Combines rapid-fire percussion with dissonant guitar riffs, showcasing the band’s ability to create compelling narratives through sound.

Steve Albini’s approach to production on Lungs was notably DIY. He recorded the EP using basic equipment, which contributed to the raw, almost primal sound quality. This lo-fi aesthetic was not merely a result of limited resources but also a deliberate choice that reflected the band’s artistic vision, emphasizing authenticity and intensity over technical polish.

Upon its release, Lungs was well-received within the underground music community, quickly earning Big Black a reputation for their uncompromising sound and confrontational style. While not a mainstream success, the EP influenced a wide range of artists across genres, particularly in punk, noise rock, and industrial music. Steve Albini would later become a renowned record producer, working with artists like Nirvana and Pixies, and his work on “Lungs” is often cited as foundational to his approach to music production.

For fans of hardcore, punk, and industrial music, or for those interested in the roots of noise rock, this EP offers a fascinating glimpse into the early development of a sound that would leave a lasting impact on alternative music.

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Track Listing
Steelworker
Live In A Hole
Dead Billy
I Can Be Killed
The Crack
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