[dropcap]Since [/dropcap]the death of Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson in 2010, the possibility of Coil reissues of long out of print titles was close to zero – that was utilised by unscrupulous scoundrels for some poor quality bootlegs and unofficial re-releases. Well aware of the fact that many of Coil’s beloved classics were out of print and with skyrocketing prices for CDs and vinyl, Christopherson started the Threshold Archives series in 2006 – a project that was left unfinished after his untimely death. Being involved in various projects – Soisong, the Throbbing Gristle reunion, The ThresholdHouseBoys Choir and the completion of the bands’ final official release, The New Backwards in 2008 -, Sleazy sought help from friends helping to go through his massive archive of Coil recordings that were unreleased due to various circumstances (e.g. the “Grey Men” withholding the release of Backwards which saw the light of day last week). The Threshold Archives project has now, five years after Sleazy’s death, officially been launched, and the re-issues are available on Forced Exposure.
Eight re-issues of rare and out-of-print material are available on Forced Exposure at the moment – The Angelic Conversation, the single versions of Panic, The Wheel, The Consequences of Raising Hell, The Anal Staircase, Wrong Eye/Scope, Windowpane and The Snow, all being enhanced by previously unreleased tracks, demo versions and instrumentals – a real deal for Coil heads, and more amazing music for us to listen to and hipsters recently discovering Coil to make their dating site profiles look more… interesting. I am impatiently waiting for H&M, Urban Outfitters and Primark to release Scatology shirts. Admittedly, the quality of the bonus tracks might differ soundwise due to their nature – the archive contains some damaged, some heavily-used DATs, Cassettes or similar formats, including hard drives that were completely incompatible with existing OSs.
Musically, I am pleased with Coil’s recent comeback, and so many news about a long-defunct band – a band whose medial presence might only be exceeded by Joy Division, who never vanished from the public eye despite offering a very short discography. And 20-year-old hipster girls skulking shady night clubs where DJs spin Coil (possibly) aren’t so much of a con for me as well. Bring it on, Threshold Archives.