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Artist: Style Sindrome
Title: Style Sindrome
Format: 12"
Label: Synthetic Shadows Records
Rated: *****
Active on early 80s in Rome, Italy, Style Sindrome was formed by Anna and Stefano, both coming from TM Spa, a rock band that won the first Italian Rock Festival in 1980 and Giorgio, who played with Electroshock, a well known Italian rock band active in the late '70s. The line-up found its final set up when Massimo and Raimondo joined. Deeply influenced by post punk and early new wave (of the likes of Joy Division, The Cure and Siouxsie & The Banshees), the band recorded only two demo tapes (the song "Waving In The Dark", coming from the second one, was also included into the compilation produced by the magazine Rockerilla titled "Gathered"). They also participated to a national television show called Mister Fantasy with a video produced by the show itself. For whom may be unaware of that show, it was a sort of experiment lasted from 1981 until 1984 born from an idea of Paolo Giaccio and hosted by Carlo Massarini. It was the first show based on video clips but they also documented different Italian local scenes (Pordenone's The Great Complotto it's the one I remember the most) and produced many italian bands and artists' videos. After thirty years Synthetic Shadows succeeded into getting a copy of the seven songs of the two demos which seemed to be lost forever. Side A contains "Thinking About", "We Two" and "Pressing Desire". The influences of bands like Siouxsie & The Banshees are mostly evident on Stefania's vocal style because musically they had refined arrangements where sax inserts and intricate guitar parts where the main elements and the atmosphere was sensual and dark at the same time. Side B contains "Waving In The Dark", "Shining", "To Stretch" and "A Mysterious design". The songs are mixing new wave upbeat rhythms to almost funky guitar riffs, new wave arpeggios and sax solos. They succeeded into personalizing a sound that revolutionize the alternative musical scene over the world on that period, if you think that on those years Siouxsie & The Bansheed released "Juju" and "A Kiss In The Dreamhouse", The Cure released "Faith" and "Pornography" and Factory just issued the posthumous Joy Division's record "Still".



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