Three years after our re-release of the band’s debut 7", we’re happy to announce Coïtus Int.’s reissued debut self-titled LP from 1981. Reacting to the lack of creativity among punk rock bands in Utrecht at the time, Coïtus Int. revealed a slower, darker, bass-driven approach to their music on this record. An essential companion to their ‘Dead Excitement’ EP, it’s the beginning of a remarkable but largely overlooked 15-year career of self-released music.
"It’s as if Coïtus Int. are the missing link between Flipper and Campingsex, another defiant post-punk frown that refuses to play at a tempo above “plodding”. I’m reminded of that Exiles In Clowntown LP at times too, which is a testament to the coolness of both bands, as Coïtus Int. sound surprisingly fresh some 33 years later. And while I like some extreme crap, this record is quite easy to get into, the sort of thing I don’t necessarily need to be in the right mood to hear – it’s a wonderfully miserable form of easy-listening. I’m not one to promote reissues (let’s pay attention to those here with us today, okay?), but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t add the original self-released version of this album to my want-list minutes upon first hearing it." ~ Matt Korvette, YELLOW GREEN RED
"Incredibly effective music, stirring thought and creating great moments of unease, and a true clinic on how to create evocative music with a seeming minimum of instrumentation. Elements of Pere Ubu, Warsaw/Joy D, Gang of Four, and there's a long list of bands you could say took influence here (from Flipper to say A-Frames) if not from Coitus directly, from the overall "genre" they play to perfection here. Masters of rhythm and still capable of turning things up from a crawl to a slow jog, perhaps even a trot, prodded on by the surgical guitar work. It's really de Groot's vox that act as catalyst the most, the somewhat militant delivery, the effective use of echo (or on "Birds" creating his own), very much a work that could have only come from natives of Europe. This is certaily not a happy record, but it's so pleasing to listen to and a harsh reminder that sometimes the new isn't always better. Still sounds chilling and energizing today. One of the best reissues you could buy this year, and quite a bit better than the 7" as well." ~ Rich Kroneiss, TERMINAL BOREDOM