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Prison Behaviour: Snake Fever EP – “soundscapes to accompany your worst nightmares”

Mark Greenwood shares his latest work as Prison Behaviour.

For almost three years, Mark Greenwood has been releasing music as Prison Behaviour.

Also a part of local experimental favourites, Cavalier Song, with his Prison Behaviour project, Greenwood explores various sonic landscapes which vastly differ from the live environment to the studio.

Live, Prison Behaviour is a pulverising experience. Not too dissimilar to the behemoth that is LONESAW, however whilst the latter bludgeon you with a sledgehammer, Prison Behaviour tends to inflict damage with a chisel. Think Suicide with the same punishing aesthetics of Swans.

Following last year’s LP, Exertions (Of Power), on the Snake Fever EP, Greenwood provides more soundscapes to accompany your worst nightmares.

Prison Behaviour - Snake Fever EP

It starts with the eponymous track. One could mistake it as a lost archival cut featuring Mark E. Smith and Kraftwerk in an alternative universe.

Forever Sunday follows and sounds like the sordid ditty New Order wanted to write.

“Lose your mind on the borderline“, sings Greenwood on Borderline. Along with the closing Bad Language, both are skinny trance-y number soaked in sweat, booze and tobacco.

The Snake Fever EP undoubtedly continues the good run of form for Greenwood. For those who aren’t yet attuned to the world of Prison Behaviour, this is as good a place to start as any.

Snake Fever EP is out now. Purchase from Bandcamp.

By Simon Kirk

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