“Can you hear the sound?” Adrian Borland intones urgently on ‘Physical World’, the title song from The Sound’s very first record, a 7″ EP that has been out of print for 40 years and now fetches hundreds of dollars on the collectors’ market. Lovingly reissued by Reminder Records, ‘Physical World’ captures Adrian Borland and his newly named group at a transitional point musically. Whereas Adrian’s previous group The Outsiders were informed by The Stooges (James Williamson’s guitar playing especially) and the Sex Pistols, The Sound were heavily influenced by Joy Division, a band Adrian had seen live numerous times and been captivated by. The Sex Pistols’ anger was aimed outwards; Joy Division’s was introverted and turned in on itself. On the enemy within.
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