Ausgang - The Teachings Of Web (1984)
Fast paced EP from one of the lesser known goth bands of the 1st-wave, being one of the first group of bands to be directly influenced by both the relatively recent Bauhaus, Birthday Party and their ilk. Starting out first as a glam punk band, they eventually morphed their sound after their first 7”.
Ausgang seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, they came around too late to be part of the first wave of goth/batcave bands, and too late to be part of the rapidly expanding goth rock scene of the late 80’s-early 90’s. Though not for lack of quality, during their time together they never managed to expand beyond their native Birmingham, UK.
The situation is better explained by lead-singer, Max
“In ‘82 we ditched the art, the backing vocals, the synth and the drummer (but got a new one, Ian) and got back to basics, ie, a post-punk, pre-goth, Stooges/Birthday Party-like nightmare which fused drugs, sex, motorcycles and twisted rock’n’roll in equal measures. It was only after we made this move that we realised there were other outfits operating in a similar vein - Sex Gang Children, Alien Sex Fiend, Skeletal Family, Gene Loves Jezebel, Specimen, etc. We were not alone. And what with live shows that teetered on violence and madness, a porn-infested fanzine and a dedicated, rabid following, who could ignore our dark potential?”
They hit a sweet spot for people who want music that’s more complex than Specimen’s glam-party rock, yet more accessible than Sex Gang Children’s art school chaos, being one of the better bands in terms of accessibility for anyone just getting into the early batcave scene. Recently reunited, they’ve been active all throughout Europe since the early 2000’s, releasing a couple of fantastic greatest hits and compilation albums in the meantime.