7inch / Medical Records / 2012
lim. edition 500
For the first 7” record released by Medical Records, we are proud to
reissue the long lost and out of print 7” by Disco Volante. Disco
Volante was essentially Terry Clarke (aka Terry Tanx) formed in London
in 1982. Inspired by the early Bond films and their soundtracks (Disco
Volante was a yacht in Thunderball), Tanx played live in a number of
small clubs between 1982-1986. Using a small number of Roland
instruments (TB 303, TR 606, MC-202, and SH-09), Disco Volante self
released a cassette entitled “Traction in Rehash” now which is sadly
lost. In 1984, the 7” single “No Motion” with the same title as A side
and “Click” and “Punishment Tank (Live)” as the B side on Catalyst Box
Records. Terry recollects that the recording only took 2 days, and the
engineer had no experience with this style of music. The end result has a
very DIY aesthetic despite the use of a professional studio.
Unfortunately, the single was not commercially popular and received no
publicity due to music press strike at the time. The single began to
gain cult underground popularity in the 90s and 00s with the resurgence
of new wave which resulted in a spike in prices for the long lost
single. The track “No Motion” is a very catchy layered synthpop hit that
is quite unique yet capturing the essence of the early 80s new wave
sound very nicely. “Click” on the b-side is a march-like track with
propulsive synthetic bass textures and monotonous analog drum beats.
The final track “Punishment Tank Live!” is a track recorded live at the
Red Box, London with a punk feel with intense delayed vocals, guitar and
overlayed synth hooks. Beyond out of print and sure to appeal to
lovers of the DIY coldwave and synth 7” revival and resurrection.
Presented on high-quality thick transparent green 7” vinyl in a limited
edition of 500 hand-numbered copies.