This Kind Of Punishment

This Kind Of Punishment

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In the fertile terrain of New Zealand's 1980s post-punk scene, few figures loom as large as the Jefferies brothers. Graeme Jefferies and Peter Jefferies – the primary forces behind This Kind of Punishment – wrote some of the best music to come out on Flying Nun, Xpressway or elsewhere. A dizzying mix of pastoral ballads and DIY experimentation, TKP's songwriting was at once classic and acutely raw.

On their self-titled debut, the Jefferies brothers and Chris Matthews eschew the punk-informed modes of their contemporaries for a sound that is decidedly more deliberate / intimate. Rooted in a marriage between simplistic, classically-influenced piano, alternating guitar chime and sparse, subtle violin drone, This Kind Of Punishment is a contemplative, inventive collection of ideas corralled via economic 4-track recordings, minimal instrumentation and an austere performance style entirely of the Jefferies' own making. Songs like "After The Fact," "In View Of The Circumstances" and "Two Minutes Drowning" boast a living quality whereby the listener can act as bystander to these moments of creation – a trait that the band would expand upon throughout the course of their brief tenure.

First-time vinyl reissue since its initial release in 1983.

This Kind Of Punishment: This Kind Of Punishment

After The Fact This Kind Of Punishment
Instrumental This Kind Of Punishment
Don't Take Those This Kind Of Punishment
In View Of The Circumstances This Kind Of Punishment
Two Minutes Drowning This Kind Of Punishment
If An Axe Is An Arm This Kind Of Punishment
Just Another Funeral This Kind Of Punishment
Some More Than Others This Kind Of Punishment
Ahead Of Their Time This Kind Of Punishment

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