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Switch on War
Charles Hayward
Switch on War
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
 
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Hayward was a founding member of the seminal UK group This Heat, then later formed Camberwell Now. Switch On War was originally issued in 1991 and is now reissued on its original label, after a long vacuum of unavailabilit...  more »

      
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All Artists: Charles Hayward
Title: Switch on War
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sub Rosa Records/Forced Exposu
Release Date: 7/13/2004
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Hayward was a founding member of the seminal UK group This Heat, then later formed Camberwell Now. Switch On War was originally issued in 1991 and is now reissued on its original label, after a long vacuum of unavailability. Switch on War a dream state synthesis of nights watching live TV coverage of the 1st Gulf War, the reduction of colors to an electron midnight blue, the long periods of nothing really happening, the contrasting landscapes, (the desert, the city at night, the newsroom), the sudden hurtling through space, through a doorway, a camera on the nose of a missile, the bearing of silent witness slowly turning into complicity and mute acquiescence. At the back of the mind the thought that all this would soon be reduced to snapshot memories, archive, newsreel, history. Originally devised as a performance for the Club Integral, in South London, at the height of the military activity, Switch on War was a harsh and brutal response to the media coverage of the conflict informed by a grotesque and disconcerting anti-music aesthetic heavily influenced by the disorienting, overloaded sound world of Space Invaders arcades. Sub Rosa. 2005.
 

CD Reviews

This Hot War
Robert Carlberg | Seattle | 03/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Charles Hayward, the great drummer for This Heat, Camberwell Now, Quiet Sun, Dolphin Logic and a thousand shorter collaborations, released this anguished cry of outrage in 1991 during the height of the first Gulf War. It sounds more like a missing This Heat record than anything else he's done -- droning dissonant keyboards, cacophonous rhythms, jagged guitar parts, audible indignation. These five long 10'+ instrumentals were originally devised (to quote Sub Rosa's website) "as a performance for the Club Integral, in South London, at the height of the military activity, 'Switch On War' was a harsh and brutal response to the media coverage of the conflict informed by a grotesque and disconcerting anti-music aesthetic."

Like much of This Heat's music the tenor is bleak, the sound carpet is relentless, and the listener is immersed in a nightmare at the intersection of noise and music.

Not for the faint of heart, but This Heat fans will find the logical continuation of "Paper Hats" and "The Fall of Saigon.""