For Against

When you think of Nebraska, Saddle Creek, Bright Eyes, The Faint, Cursive and the rest of the bunch come to mind, right? Well, if you dig a little deeper into the past, you'll find For Against, Lincoln's unsung heroes.

Since the late '80s, Jeffery Runnings has led For Against through a handful of lineups, skillfully combining the atmosphere of the 4AD label and the stripped down minimalism of Factory post-punk with a nod to the coldwave era. Minneapolis' Words On Music label have thankfully reissued their classic Echelons (1987), and December (1988) LPs in the last few years as well as their latest record, Coalesced (2002). If you like what you hear, I'd highly suggest hunting down their 1990 IPR 10-inch, In The Marshes (pictured), which is a bit darker and experimental with drum machines, and is by far my favorite For Against release.

Somehow, I have a feeling that even Lincoln doesn't know what they have on their hands. Anyhow, here's the motherload. Enjoy.

For Against - Shine [from Echelons] MP3
For Against - Autocrat [from Echelons] MP3
For Against - Clandestine High Holy [from December] MP3
For Against - Sabres [from December] MP3
For Against - So Long [from Coalesced] MP3
For Against - Coalesced [from Coalesced] MP3

Words On Music label
Trouser Press' For Against entry
For Against fan-site


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