One of the pioneering groups of british industrial music, Clock DVA may never have had the same nigh-legendary status as contemporary peers Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire. Nevertheless, they were part of the same movement of confrontational artists and musicians putting torches to bourgeois notions of moral, sexuality, politics and art.
Formed in 1978 by Adi Newton, who until then had been in groups with members of Cabaret Voltaire among others, Clock DVA released ”White Souls In Black Suits” on Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Records two years later.
From then on, the group’s interest in technology – philosophical as well as musical – led them to combine the experimental and avant-garde techniques inherited from industrial with samplers and rock instrumentation to create a bleak and ominous yet thoroughly physical version of industrial EBM. Tapping the same vein of forceful and melodic electronic rigour that bands such as Front 242 or even Depeche Mode made hugely popular, Clock DVA continued to embue the deeply alienating machinery of modernity with human emotion.
The current line-up has existed since 2013 and is still headed by visionary Newton, guiding the group all along. With the ongoing resurgence of noise and industrial ethos in techno, we can think of few better to represent the original industrial music and show precisely why this music has remained so incredibly influential to this day.
Read more in this great introduction to Adi Newton & Clock DVA.
Clock DVA is presented by Musikhuset Posten