Canadian media personality Brent Bambury recalls listening to the radio show Brave New Waves one night in 1984, and hearing what started as an intellectual chat with two French separatist filmmakers. It quickly shifted gears when Katrina Leskanich, singer of U.K. new wave band Katrina and the Waves, dropped by the studio mid-interview and joined the conversation.
In most people’s minds, the roots of dance music seem pretty clear. Disco gave rise to house music and the art of club DJing. Reggae gave us soundsystem culture, and its musical DNA seeped into genres like jungle and dubstep. And sampling, a staple practice in club music, can be traced back to hip-hop. But is this the full story? In this video, we explore an overlooked link between punk rock and dance music, one that we’re still seeing the effects of to this day.
Controlled Bleeding bandleader and guitarist Paul Lemos isn’t the type of artist you can pigeonhole. Since founding Controlled Bleeding in Boston in the late ‘70s, Lemos has led the band through a dizzying array of musical styles including post-punk, fusion, power electronics, and industrial, to name just a few. Not unlike King Crimson or Swans—acts whose names function as institutions that host revolving casts of players—Controlled Bleeding can appear to be an entirely different band depending on which album or period you focus on.