Curiously, I've just come across two bands with the name Siam, both of which will be featured here over the next few posts! This particular post concerns the Israeli band, featured on a previous Systems of Romance compilation.
This particular band formed in the mid-1980s, releasing a 12'' in 1986 (as Saiam) and this full length record in 1989. Material was recorded for a second LP, but was scrapped as the band split. A few tracks saw the light of day on a posthumous collection, released in 1996. As for this LP, it's definitely a new wave classic, chock full of post-punk rhythms, big hooks, and buzzing synths. Some tracks follow a similar rhythm driven sound as my last post, while others have a more anthemic feel akin to the likes of New Model Army and The Alarm. My favorite track is still the synth-driven "Changing," but there's definitely lots to love here.
Also worthy of note: this band features contributions from Hadar Goldman, who was one of the key players in Intensive Care Unit, previously featured here. I do believe that's a photo of Goldman on the cover, who is often credited on electric viola. Word on the street is that the band reunited in 2006 and is working on new material.
Without any further ado, here's the info for this release:
Siam- War and Peace and Inbetween LP 1. Choices 2. Private Jokes 3. B.R.O. (Dance Mix) 4. You Are Siam 5. Don't Want To Understand 6. In The Realm Of 7. Changing 8. Tel Aviv Down Town 9. Life Goes On 10. Changing (Live)*
*bonus track, also featured on the band's s/t collection.