Southern Records & Outer Himalayan announce the next installment in the Rudimentary Peni reiussue series – Cacophony

4 Jun

rudimentary peni cacophony

Having barely caught our breath after the release of Pope Adrian, the first in a new reissue series of Rudimentary Peni albums, we are happy to say that the next installment, Cacophony is ready for consumption.

As a reminder, much like the Crassical series, the aim is to make available these vital albums from a punk band who really are unique in their musical style and approach, especially with their witty and macabre lyrics and unmistakable artwork.

Four years after the release of Death Church, Rudimentary Peni surprised us by returning with Cacophony. At the time it confounded and delighted fans in equal measure. With retrospect it is considered by many to be the band’s masterwork, as well as one of the most visionary and radical works in the history of British punk.

Cacophony could be considered a concept album in the sense that its spirit is obsessed with the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Musically it is a glorious melting pot of noise-punk, heavy guitar riffs, experimental rhythms, and psuedo-pop melodies. What is truly remarkable is the vocals of Nick Blinko, who throughout the 43 minutes ofCacophony assumes at least a dozen personalities and moves from punk screams to vaudevillian characterisations to Shakespearian monologues to pop choruses, and back again.

Fans of HPL will find many reference points to delight them, whilst even those who have never read the work of the horror writer will come away from Cacophony feeling as if they have been immersed in one of his stories. Throughout the album, a sense of the darkest black humour pervades – we are the audience for a kind of grotesquely jovial pantomime of word-play and musical adventure.


Cacophony is the exact point where genius meets madness.” –

Cacophony is, in fact, the Ummagumma or Trout Mask Replica of British punk.” –

The most original, outlandish, compelling, amusing and downright weird LP I’ve ever laid ears on.” – KKKKK Kerrang (April 1989)

Very rarely have the aggressive dynamics of punk rock been harnessed with such convincingly odd and macabre thoughts.” – 4/5 Sounds (January 1989)

The CD version comes in a gatefold sleeve with 20 page lyric booklet, the LP edition comprises 180g black vinyl, gatefold sleeve, poster and 8 page full-size lyric booklet and download card.

Other records coming up in the series include:

  • Rudimentary Peni – Death Church (Himalayan) LP/CD reissue
  • Rudimentary Peni – The EPs of RP (Himalayan) LP/CD reissue
  • Rudimentary Peni – The Underclass (Himalayan) LP/CD reissue
  • Rudimentary Peni – Archaic (Himalayan) LP/CD reissue
  • Rudimentary Peni – Echoes Of Anguish (Himalayan) LP/CD reissue

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