Recoil In-depth Biography
After officially splitting from Depeche Mode} in 1995, longtime member Alan Wilder} finally went ahead with his side project, Recoil}. Wilder} started Recoil} in 1985, but efforts were halfhearted due to his responsibilities with DM}. But despite such conflicts of interest, Recoil} issued a set of early demos entitled 1 + 2}, which coincided with the release of DM}'s 1986 album Black Celebration}.
As the '80s were coming to a close, Wilder} and his original bandmates were becoming international superstars with the chart-topping success of 1987's Music for the Masses} and 1990's Violator}. Subsequent Recoil} EP releases such as 1988's Hydrology} and 1991's Bloodline} were naturally lost in the scope of events. In 1997, Wilder} was freshly ready for Recoil}, following up with the project's first album Unsound Methods}. This album, a cathartic set of techno-bombastic scores, brought in a wide-range of artists such as spoken word sassy girl Maggie Estep}, Songs of Faith & Devotion} session vocalists Douglas McCarthy} (Nitzer Ebb}) and Hildia Cambell}, and Recoil} mainstay Siobhan Lynch}. Unsound Methods} was critically labeled as "difficult" and "dark," but it didn't distract Wilder}. Certainly that was the reaction he was searching for. Three years later, his cunning musical mystery continued on Liquid}. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide