A RETROSPECTIVE COMPILATION of the early studio work of Karma Sutra has been released in digital and vinyl formats by Sealed Records.
Be Cruel With Your Past and All Who Seek To Keep You There brings together the material from the band’s first two demo sessions, contributions to two Mortarhate compilations and a third studio session.
Through Sealed Records’ Bandcamp site, the album is available for purchase in black and in white vinyl versions (complete with a 40-page print booklet) and as a digital release.
KARMA SUTRA – Be Cruel With Your Past And All Who Seek To Keep You There LP + 40 Page booklet
Karma Sutra were an anarcho pacifist band from Luton, Bedfordshire who formed in the early 80’s after the demise of the legendary the Phallic Symbols. Karma Sutra only had one release at the time – an album self released in 1987 called Daydreams of a Production Line Worker which came towards the end of their lifetime. Sealed Records now release the earlier years of demos and compilation tracks on a 15 track round up. Be Cruel with Your Past and all Who Seek to Keep you There includes their first and primitive demo The New Economy Roast from 1983. It’s very basic and has a Bullshit Detector Compilation quality to it. A few years later came the second demo Shoppers Paradise which is the best material Karma Sutra recorded. Six tracks of well produced classic 80’s anarcho-punk with a driving sound. It’s passionate, tuneful and politically aware. How this wasn’t released at the time on vinyl, is a travesty. Also included is two tracks from the Mortarhate Compilations Who? What? Why? When? Where? and We Don’t Want Your Fucking Law!. Finally the last three tracks were from the final line up of the band and were recorded with Spon from UK Decay adding more post punk elements to the sound.
The LP comes with a 40 page booklet of Lyrics, handouts, fanzine interviews and statements. Releases December 10, 2021. SEAL-011.