Juno-nominated Canadian cult-hero Nash the Slash's early catalogue is set to be reissued through Canadian label Artoffact Records.
Artoffact will reissue CD and vinyl remasters of Nash's first record, Dreams & Nightmares, as well as his most popular full-length Children of The Night, the super-rare live album Hammersmith Holocaust, and the EP Bedside Companion. Long-time Nash admirer Gary Numan has penned the liner notes for Hammersmith Holocaust.
Nash the Slash's debut 1979 album Dreams and Nightmares is new-wave horror-punk-lover gold. Featuring a 10 minute soundtrack to the 1929 silent surrealist short film Un Chien Andalou (which he first debuted at the Roxy Theatre in Toronto on March 17th, 1975), the album clocks in at 43 minutes. It's eight tracks present early synthesizer music, Nash's signature electric violin and mandolin, and, as Mark Allan of AllMusic wrote, the "perfect sounds for a dark and stormy night."
Shortly after releasing Dreams and Nightmares, Nash would meet and inspire Gary Numan, play on Numan's DANCE album, and support Numan in the UK in 1980 and 81.
The Artoffact Records 2CD reissue is remastered and comes in a beautiful DVD-sized tall digipak with booklet. The first CD includes all the tracks as originally appeared on the 1979 vinyl. The second CD is Bedside Companion, an EP that Nash released in 1978, while claiming that it was the first EP ever that could be played at two speeds (45 and 33 1/3). On this CD, both speeds are included so that the EP is expanded to eight tracks.
"Perfect sounds for a dark and stormy night."
Mark Allan, AllMusic
"Eerie instrumentals that came closer than any other music to evoking the world of dreams…and nightmares."
Richard Feren, Fangoria