ski patrol’s version of life anthology out soon ondark entries
Good news! The fine folk at Dark Entries are to re-issue the recorded output of cult post-punk band Ski Patrol on a new anthology – Versions of Life – out in April.
Formed in 1979 by singer Ian Lowery and guitarist Nick Clift, the band played moody, epic, angular music. Active until late 1981, Ski Patrols musical and lyrical output mirrored the dub-reggae influences of their Brixton and Ladbroke Grove home-bases, the civil unrest of post-punk Britain and the freedom to push aside the rock rulebook as had been done by their peers PiL and Gang Of Four. They self-released their first single in early 1980 with the help of Rough Trade and came to the attention of Malicious Damage, a label & management operation, formed to release the early works of Killing Joke. This association produced the bands biggest success, the 1980 indie chart hit “Agent Orange” (featuring Killing Jokes Jaz Coleman on synth).
All songs are remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl comes housed in a glossy jacket with an unreleased photo of the band. Each copy includes a reproduction of a promotional poster with lyrics from 1981 designed by Mike Coles, the Malicious Damage house artist responsible for the labels iconic album and single covers.