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THE LAND OF YRX / HISTORY

David Gate, Rob Andrews, and friends
unique electronica meets prog/space-rock instrumentals

The Land Of Yrx were an obscure instrumental, synth, space-rock, electro post new-wave band from Shrewsbury in the 1980s. They comprised David Gate, Rob Andrews, and sundry other friends during their original phase of existence. Despite getting some prestigious exposure at Electronica Festivals in Sheffield and London, and regular local gigs, The Land Of Yrx never quite got the audience they deserved. They also had to be one of the most unstable of bands, in that they kept splitting up and trying out other projects before getting back together for a while, expanding to four or five piece on at least two occasions before splitting again. So, I guess if it weren't for our two Auricle cassette releases, there would be even less info on the web these days about them. The 30th anniversary of "Coming Forth In Light" seemed to be the apt time for reissuing three of their finest 1980s releases, all now with superior sound, and for the first time the complete 33 minute "Annus Mirabilis 1983".

Since the band split in the early 1990s, David and Robert both went their separate ways, David moving to Preston (Lancashire) and later forming the band Hyberus, whereas Robert stayed in Shrewsbury forming Aerie and Ra and working in several other collaborative projects and bands, some of them along with Steve Hillman. After almost a decade's hiatus, The Land Of Yrx got together to record some new albums. None of the releases of the 90s or those by the later reformed version resemble the original 1980s band however, being much more pastoral keyboards and guitars. A few such releases can be found on the Hyberus Bandcamp pages, should you be curious.

 

at UK Electronica 85

discography...

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES GROUP GLEE CLUB WALLOW IN ARROGANT SELF GRATIFICATION - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL6 (1982) never officially released
OH LOOK! THERE'S A RED DOOR! - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL13 (1983)
...AND DAMN THE CONSEQUENCES - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL16 (1983)
CEREBRATION - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL19 (1984)
NADIR & EVENTUAL DECAY - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL23 (1984), CDR Auricle AMCDR 271 (2017)
MIRACLES OF MODERN SURGERY - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL24 (1984)
TERMINATION POINT - MC Dark Star International DSI01 (1985), CDR Auricle AMCDR 267 (2017)
COMING FORTH IN LIGHT (1983-1985) - MC Auricle AMC020 (1987), CDR Auricle AMCDR 268 (2017)
A PLACE UNDER THE SUN - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL34 (1990)
THE RHETORICAL ANSWER (1981-1990) - MC Land Of Yrx Products POLI35 (1993)
FREE LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH YOUR POSTER & CHOCOLATE (1984) - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL36 (1993)
WALKING INTO THE SKY - MC Land Of Yrx Products BASL37 (1993)
LONG NIGHT FALLING - CD Land Of Yrx Products SIBL38 (2002)
A WAITING DAWN - CD Land Of Yrx Products (2004)

original The Land of Yrx tracks on other releases...
SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM - MC Land of Yrx Products BASL11 (1983) track: Half Can
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A DITHYRAMBIC CONFLUX! - MC Land of Yrx Products BASL 21 (1984) track: Beschneidener Erich
A CAGE WENT IN SEARCH OF A BIRD - 2MC Dark Star DIS 1/2 (1985) track: Merman Ikon Bee (extract)
THE CANTILEVERS OF PASSION - MC Land of Yrx Products BASL27 (1986) track: Venice 1959
BROKEN PLAYGROUNDS - MC Mystery Hearsay BP1 (1986) track: Venice 1959
THE SECOND AMP RECORDS COMPILATION - MC AMP-C007 (1988) tracks: Joyeux!, Leopold Bloom (For It Is He)

The Land of Yrx reviews in Audion - #5/25, #10/3+28, #17/29, #26/28, #27/6+30, #42/16

 

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