The Triffids Born Sandy Devotional on Limited Edition 180g LP + Download
Like some unholy trinity, The Triffids, along with Nick Cave and The Go Betweens seemingly conspired to change people's attitude towards Antipodean rock in the mid-eighties, never before taken even remotely seriously. 1984 was the pivotal year when The Go Betweens released Spring Hill Fair, Cave debuted with From Her To Eternity and, in late August, The Triffids arrived in the UK with two albums in tow, Treeless Plain and the mini-LP Raining Pleasure, recorded and released in Australia for Hot Records and, before the year was out, released in the UK by Rough Trade.
The Triffids - David McComb (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Rob McComb (violin, guitar), Alsy McDonald (drums, vocals), Martyn Casey (bass) and Jill Birt (keyboards, vocals) - arrived in London with a wad of cash they'd saved up and 5 return plane tickets scheduled to expire by Christmas. They'd given themselves three months to make inroads in the UK as a band, or have fun trying, and unequivocally, they succeeded to a point where they graced the first NME cover of 1985 which it predicted would be 'The Year Of the Triffids'. Not quite, as it turned out, and it was to be a further eighteen months before their unassailable masterwork, Born Sandy Devotional, was finally released.
Delayed by record company wrangles and lack of finances, Born Sandy was recorded in London in August 1985 with Gil Norton (fresh from working with Echo & The Bunnymen) producing. By now they'd also added the bespectacled and anything but ‘Evil' Graham Lee to the band, contributing the haunting, atmospheric lap and pedal steel guitar that added so much to the album's ambience. If the sound was one of wide open roads and intimidating landscapes, David McComb's songs enveloped the listener with a stark passion, as on "Life of Crime" or the soul searching "Tender Is The Night." By now, The Triffids were based in the UK for at least half the year. Their critical success here boosted their standing back home in Australia where they recorded In The Pines (aka The Woolshed Tapes) in the spring of 1986, still waiting for Born Sandy to come out - it was eventually released in June 1986.
For this very special 180 gram vinyl reissue the 2006 digitally re-mastered tracks were transferred back to tape to enable the creation of new production masters through a fully analog signal chain. The tracks were then meticulously re-mastered following David McCombs' original production notes. This is a true audiophile release of one of the most influential Australian bands ever!
• Available on vinyl for the first time since 1986
• Remastered following David McCombs' original production notes
• Includes lyric sheet, printed inner sleeve and download code