Welsh post-punk band Young Marble Giants released one LP and then, like their vanishing portraits on the album's cover, disappeared. Yet their lasting appeal owes itself to the band's singular approach to punk rock. Instead of using overt political ideologies, abrasive sounds, and antiestablishment appearances to rebel, Young Marble Giants used restraint, ambiguity, and silence, redefining the genre's sense of rebellion. But where did these radical ideas come from? By tracing Colossal Youth's logistical, geographical, ideological, and 20th-century art historical origins, Colossal Youth is established as a brilliant record, a cult favorite, and a continuing influence on musicians today.
Michael Blair is a writer born in St. Louis and based in New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University, and his writing on music, film, and art has been published by AdHoc, The Brooklyn Rail, Double Exposure, and others.Joe Bucciero is a writer born in Chicago and based in New York. He helps edit the experimental music webzine AdHoc and has written additionally for the Quietus, ArtSlant, and others.