Bush Tetras: Things That Go Boom in the Night / Das Ah Riot

Format: 7″

Label: Fetish

Country: UK

Year: 1981

Price paid: $5

Purchased at: The Record Archive, Rochester NY


Bush Tertras were (and are) a NYC New Wave band with ties to the No Wave scene. Typical of bands from New York, they tend to just do their own thing- chart success be damned.

My wife and I had a brief working relationship with the band and their associated label (RIOR) a few years ago when we had the honor of designing the vinyl album art for their ‘Boom in the Night’ LP, which was previously only available on CD. They gave us pretty much free reign to do what we wanted. I went back to their early art style and classic logo/typeface (as per today’s entry; they had dropped this iconic style and went with something more bland with the older design) for inspiration. This was also just post 9/11 so I wanted something edgy to go along with the title and reflect their urban sound.

But I digress… the art seen here on ‘Boom’ reflects their rather dark urban funky sound, with a tinge of the tribal/dub championed so well by other groups such as The Slits and New age Steppers.

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