Contrastate were formed in 1987 by Stephen Meixner and Jonathan Grieve.
Their initial musical ventures were of a more improvisational nature,
based on noise and volume (not to be confused with power electronics).
Sounds emerged, sub-merged and re-emerged at varying painfully low frequencies
with extremes of treble tonality. The idea was physical confrontation through sound.
Towards the end of 1988 Contrastate's music became more subtle and considered,