Executive Slacks – The Bus , Thirty Years // Cinema , So Mote it Be (Red Music) 1983. Executive Slacks were another really cool old Philadelphia band that is all but forgotten today. Influenced strongly by Killing Joke, these early industrial noisemongers would have been a good fit alongside Ministry and Front 242 on the early Wax Trax! Records label. In fact, these guys were making quite a ruckus while Al Jourgensen and company were still trying to sound like Depeche Mode. Instead, Executive Slacks recordings were released on the Fundamental and Red Record labels and I think that may be why they are more obscure to a lot of folks than Ministry. I have not heard their later recordings but this, their first release, captures them in all of their nihilistic glory. The standout track for me is Cinema which musically reminds me of Red Exposure-era Chrome and has some great New Wave vocals. So Mote it Be is excellent as well and sounds like it could have come off of Voice Of America-era Cabaret Voltaire. If all these names I am dropping are any hint, then yes, I think this EP is up there in the top echelon of proto-industrial. Never having been a huge fan of industrial as a genre, this release has enough new wave sheen to it to transcend the limits of its genre.