Pitchshifter

Pitchshifter

Drum'n'bass consisting of J.S. Clayden (vocals, programming), J.A. Carter (guitar, programming), M.D. Clayden (bass), and D. (live drums), British band Pitchshifter started out in the early-'90s industrial underground as aggressive social confronters hearkening back to the early days of British punk and American hardcore (à la the Minutemen and Dead Kennedys). The band signed to Earache in 1992, and their first couple releases -- the mini-album Submit (1992) and the full-length Psensitised (1993) -- firmly entrenched the band in the industrial underground and brought their music to the attention of American listeners. Pitchshifter's shows used live programming and slides, and further spread their music in the States, though their confrontational attitude almost ensured a lack of commercial airplay. 1996's Infotainment saw Pitchshifter starting to outgrow their industrial roots and explore computer technology in an effort to bring their brand of aggressive social and political awareness to a more mainstream audience. The album is filled with exciting aggression and high-speed techno breaks that were unusual in commercial music. In addition, Pitchshifter included free samples at the end of the CD, and encouraged listeners to "steal" them for their own use. The band toured relentlessly and successfully for the next couple years, playing with the likes of Korn, Tool, Ministry, and even Girls Against Boys, bringing them to the attention of American major label DGC, which signed them in 1997.
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