Chrystal Belle Scrodd
The Inevitable Chrystal Belle Scrodd Record
Klang GalerieCD

Available through the Helen Scarsdale Agency: $18.00

When Diana Rogerson met Steven Stapleton in the early '80s, she had already established herself within the performance art duo Fistfuck, often dubbed the female Whitehouse for their the S&M rituals, transgressive films, and seething noise constructions. As their relationship blossomed both creatively and romantically, Rogerson began to foster her own aesthetic that flourished within the aural psychosis of Stapleton's Nurse With Wound. With the assistance of Stapleton, Karl Blake, and Robert Haigh, she recorded two albums in the mid '80s under her pseudonym Chrystal Belle Scrodd that push the NWW eccentric collage techniques closer to the realms of art-brut rock. Elements of The Inevitable Chrystal Belle Scrodd Record (1985) and Belle De Jour (1986) had been culled for the Beastings compendium almost a decade ago, but now Klang-Galerie has reissued these two albums in their (almost) original forms. Inevitable opens with "Cradle Your Snatch," a willfully fumbled art-punk mutation with disjointed percussion and jagged guitars leading the way for Rogerson's series of nonsensical slogans; later on, Rogerson's garbled vocals fuel shards of post-Crass anarcho-punk noise, which quickly gives way to an extended piece of nocturnal minimalism dappled with off-kilter loops and piano. A welcome reissue from Rogerson's tremendous body of work.