SLOW THE PITCH: THE ACID HOUSE, NEW BEAT, AND EBM CONNECTION
From Chicago to the UK and back to LA, the Acid House scene infiltrated the late 1980s' and early 90s' club scene despite some heavy heat from authorities and hallucinogenic concerns. Key players like DJ Pierre and even superstar trance producer Paul Oakenfold guided the way with resonant TB-303 squelches and deep 909 kick drums pumping energy on the dance floors. Acid influenced many offshoot genres. One of them was New Beat which would shape EBM Industrial for decades to come. Club promoters like Randy Moore facilitated high capacity venues filling in Los Angeles with wide eyed youth dancing to this new sound.
“It’s not this real pretentious dress-up thing. It’s about putting all these different people in a room no matter whether they’re black, white, gay or straight and get them together.”
- Randy Moore Los Angeles Club Entrepreneur (1988)
Meanwhile at the same time on another continent, EBM band A Split Second released "Flesh" on the Antler Subway label as a single. In Brussels at Ancienne Belgique (the city's most popular venue), DJs Marc Grouls and Fat Ronnie changed the pitch of tracks like "Flesh" creating a whole new vibe on the dance floor giving birth to New Beat.
A Split Second would eventually sign with infamous Chicago industrial label Wax Trax! Records and achieve a Billboard chart position with "Mambo Witch" sparking their first US tour. This year they return and are coheadlining the yearly Cold Waves festivals in Chicago, NY, and LA. If you'd like to hear "Flesh" at multiple pitches they are included on exclusive Cold Waves LA Spotify playlist.
A SPLIT SECOND ON BANDCAMP