Twenty-nine years after its release, Young Marble Giants’ legendary Colossal Youth – Rough Trade, recorded in 1980 in five days and mixed in 20 minutes - remains a landmark in post-punk music, an enigma of its own, acclaimed by musicians and audience over the years.
Formed in 1978 in Cardiff, the trio’s music was constructed around the powerful and minimal instrumentation of brothers Philip and Stuart Moxham on bass and guitar, supporting the naive untrained vocals of Alison Statton.
Stuart Moxham wrote the majority of the band's songs, and his writing was often deceptively simple-seeming, giving YMG's classic work a uniquely fragile yet powerful quality.
Reunited in 2007, the band has been since playing some rare shows around Europe. The orginal drum-machine parts are now played on electronic drums by third Moxham brother Andrew.
“Partly because they existed for such a brief moment, and partly because Colossal Youth still sounds separate to everything that preceded and followed it, Young Marble Giants remain closest to my idea of perfection in music.” Evertt True, Drowned in Sound