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Performers on Vision and the Voice:

  • Patrik Mata - Vocals, Guitar, Syth
  • Matt Chaikin - Drums
  • Cee-Cee - Bass

Engineer: Steve Brenner

Mixed by: John Henning

Mastered by: John Golden

Originally released 1983 by Independent Project Records.

"...We Will Not Fall..."

Patrik Mata - Kommunity FK - 1983


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"The Vision and the Voice":
Kommunity FK's debut slots alongside the debut of 45 Grave and Christian Death as landmark L.A. post-punk/goth winners, though The Vision and the Voice tends to the more serious side of things, or at least the less obviously jokey for most of the time. Mata's singing, often kept low in the mix to sound like some strange clarion call, cedes precedence to the music, a melange of the kind of heavy bass, dark tribal drumming, scraping, squealing guitar clatter, and more that ran plenty rampant at the time. It wouldn't have been too surprising in retrospect if Kommunity FK came from the U.K. rather than the U.S. -- hints of everyone from Bauhaus and Siouxsie & the Banshees to even Gene Loves Jezebel come through The Vision and the Voice. There's even a full-on punk thrasher, "Fuck the Kommunity," to close things out in a flash of humor. There are enough individual touches to give both band and album definite character, though, and at their best the group makes for an intense listening experience. The droning keyboard whir throughout "We Will Not Fall" ratchets up the clipped, threatening mood, Mata coming up with a catchy, abbreviated chorus to match his punchy guitar snarl. The percussion/keyboard-only backing on "Incompatible Decision" makes for a nice contrast to much of the album, the most defiantly unsettling thing on it. Even "Anti-Pop" is catchy in its own dank way; Kommunity FK wasn't Einstürzende Neubaten or even Throbbing Gristle, but then again, that was never their goal to begin with. Though the overall formula wears a bit thin toward the end of the album -- the trio has a good combination of sounds to draw on but then rarely varies it track per track -- The Vision and the Voice definitely needs a listen from those interested in the gloomier things. ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide


Kommunity FK arose from the LA avant-garde gloom scene with a sound somewhere between Joy Division, Christian Death and Savage Republic. The Vision and the Voice is an excellent album, starting with its Boschian cover art depicting naked figures cavorting and fornicating around a giant red penis. Patrick Mata's clear, soaring vocals nicely match his minimalist guitar work. The trio isn't afraid to try different ideas — from primitive art-punk with ominous synthesizer effects through dense, doomy punk noise and blur-thrash to neo-industrial experiments resembling a milder Neubauten. Gripping, lurking bass comes to the fore on "Unknown to You" and the circular, rhythmic "We Will Not Fall."

The band split and reformed repeatedly, keeping Mata and drummer Matt Chaikin as the only constants. One stable stretch in 1984 allowed the creation of the similarly satisfying Close One Sad Eye, released late in '85. The rough, punk/industrial edges had been smoothed out to a Comsat Angels/Tuxedomoon sheen, and the Joy Division influence (especially on the dramatic drone of "Junkies" and the "Love Will Tear Us Apart"-ish "Trollops") is noticeably greater. A fulltime keyboardist integrates synth into the compositions, and Mata's vocals are far more theatrical and dynamic. The haunting "Something Inside Me Has Died" is not only the standout track on the LP, but one of the finest gothic anthems by any American group. (In 1990, both albums were scheduled to be issued on CD by Dali/Chameleon.)

Mata spent the latter half of the '80s alternating between England, where he formed bands with bassists Cam Campbell (of Andi Sex-Gang notoriety) and Eddie Branch (ex-UK Decay/Furyo), and Los Angeles, where he continued to shuffle ineffectual KFK lineups and work with other groups, but Sativa Luvbox is the only project of his to actually result in a record so far.

[Greg Fasolino]



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