DOM14-L: Handful Of Snowdrops "Land Of The Damned: 25th Anniversary Edition" LP

Domestica Records

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A1. Terroir I
A2. When Comes Day Light
A3. Gabrielle
A4. A Miracle

B1. Scream Cry Or Fall
B2. Face To Face
B3. Terroir II
B4. Land Of The Damned



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Edition of 250 copies. Includes a numbered insert. Mastered by Yves Roussel, 2014.


It was more than 25 years ago that Handful of Snowdrops, a pioneer band and a model to follow in the Canadian Electronic New-Wave, released its first and mythical album 'Land of the Damned', which, with own effort, has become an essential and cult piece of music to worship especially amongst all kind of true collectionists and music-lovers, into the most Gothic, Electronic and Dark Wave.

It can be observed in the growing interest all over the world towards this first album, self-produced in 1988 and was reedited in 1990 by the record label C'est la Mort for the American version, a company which disappeared in the 90ies and was largely inspired by the UK label 4AD, which introduced many other groups, also pioneer and high-quality, such as The Arms of Someone New, M-1 Alternative, the wonderful 'Voices...... of a Summers Day' by Room Nine, or the remarkable saga of compilations 'Doctor Death's'.

Unfortunately, nowadays it is very difficult to obtain a copy of 'Land Of The Damned' in good conditions, and even more difficult to have it at reasonable price. For all that, today we are particularly moved to introduce you the official reedition of their debut album in vinyl format, carefully remastered and redesigned for the occasion.

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A Short Bio by Jean-Pierre Mercier...

The Beginning:
Handful of Snowdrops is a band from Quebec City, Canada. Born out of the ashes of some false start bands of friends and brothers, the first line up of the band got together in 1984 with Jean-François Plamondon on vocals, Michel Mercier on drums, Jacques De Varennes of bass, Marlène Sinclair on keyboards and Jean-Pierre Mercier on guitars. The band had to create a scene in a city where there was none, renting venues and PAs was the only way to go in their home town as local bars were exclusively booking cover bands. Slowly but surely building a strong following with the help of some friends plastering the town with poster and stickers and Montreal's CHOM FM and Musique Plus host Benoît Dufresne. Very prolific from the start they recorded numerous demos in the first five years of their existence but without succeeding to get serious attentions from major canadian labels. Most of the songs featured on the second LP of this album are selections from these demos. During that period the core of the group remained very unstable as many members left the band leaving the Mercier brothers as only survivors.

Land of the Damned:
It's in 1986, with their last line up consisting of Michel Mercier on drums, brother Jean-Pierre on guitar and vocals, Christian Lefebvre and Michel Plamondon, younger brother of original signer Jean-François Plamondon on keyboards, that they recorded a four track demo including what was to become their most famous song, Gabrielle. This demo would become the groundwork for their first album, "Land of the Damned" which would be the first and only release from the Montreal independent label Lisp. Their editor would later take this recording to New York City were he met with Woodrow Dumas of Louisiana's C'est La Mort Records (Controlled Bleeding, Area) who offered to released "Land of the Damned" in the US.

The Sequel:
With Gabrielle's video gaining airplay on Musique Plus in Quebec, Much Music in Canada and even MTV in the USA, the band began working on their second record "Dans l'oeil de la tempête" which they would record in Montreal in 1990 on the same shoestring budget that plagued their first release. Their sophomore effort was stylistically quite different from their first LP but it managed to be more popular than Land of the Damned in Quebec. Rumours of touring with Ian McCullough and Clan of Xymox never concretize and the album went practically unnoticed in the US as C'est la mort distributor Rough Trade went bankrupt.

The End:
In 1993, when HoS submitted a demo of a tentative but once again quite different third album to their editor who decided to turn it down, Jean-Pierre express is desire to retire to his bandmates. The band decided to record their two march 1993 farewell concerts and released the output titled "Mort en direct", the same year before calling it quits for good.

Hope:
In 2009, after a regain of interest in south america and europe, HoS decided to release a 20th anniversary edition of "Land of the Damned" which was to feature a brand new recording of Gabrielle called Gabrielle MMIX, on its own label NanoGénésie®. At the end of 2013, Barcelona's Domestica Records approached Handful of Snowdrops with the idea of a vinyl 25th anniversary reissue of Land of the Damned. Since then the band has announced that they were working on their first new material in twenty years.

Release date: June 1, 2014

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