Under For was Martin Hall’s continuation of his Ballet Mécanique project after this group split up in 1982. Hall and drummer Michael Karshøj then joined forces with avant-garde guitarist Per Hendrichsen who Hall had been working in Pesteg Dred.

Under For only released one studio album, Apparently All the Same (1984), yet this title remains one of Hall’s most significant releases during the eighties. The group’s legendary concert at the classical festival ISCM World Music Days in October 1983 is included on the 2009 special edition of the album.

Apparently All the Same was one of the few Scandinavian releases from the period that was praised by British music magazines such as New Musical Express and Sounds. In October 1984 Under For also released the 12” single Free-Force Structure, a single that received a favourable review in NME as well. Furthermore Under For appeared in Claus Bohm’s film Totem from the same year.

A reproduction of the Danish indie magazine SAM NYT’s Under For feature 1984 is available here.

Apparently All the Same 1984
Design: Martin Hall

Free-Force Structure 12″ single 1984
Design: Martin Hal

Michael Karshøj and Martin Hall 1984
Photo: Henrik Möll

Lena Walsh and Per Hendrichsen 1983
Photo: Martin Hall

Martin Hall 1983
Photo: Lena Walsh

Martin Hall 1983 and Michael Karshøj 1984
Photos: Jacob Thuesen/Henrik Möll