Tainted Goods

by Synthetic Division

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Synthetic Division was founded by Shawn Decker in high school. "It was me, my synth, a pair of headphones and a cool name that I got from Math class." In 1999, Synthetic Division garnered respect in the music scene, performing regularly at the legendary Tokyo Rose in Charlottesville, VA. "Handing Gopal Metro of Bella Morte a copy of Tainted Goods is what got me my first gig."

Music became an escape for Shawn early in life. In 6th grade Shawn tested positive for HIV and was expelled from school. It wasn't until his early twenties that Shawn became comfortable talking about his medical resume. Soon thereafter, he began to incorporate those themes into his music. The first results of that synergy is Tainted Goods, a 6 song EP that is a glimpse into Decker's burgeoning ability as a songwriter, that ironically was hastily self-released during a time when his health wasn't holding up well.

"Nothing gets you an in into the local goth community faster than being in the process of dying," Decker says with a smile. Adding to the mystique of the release is the fact that world-reknowned HIV positive artist, Barton Lidice Benes, donated his artwork to the project. Years later, Barton's art would grace the cover of the Symptom of Life EP (2010).


released July 16, 1999

All songs written by Shawn Decker, except "Hero & Friends Theme" written by Shawn Decker and Josh D'Elia, with special guest vocalist Steve Schalchlin. Cover art courtesy of Barton Benes.


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Synthetic Division Charlottesville, Virginia

Based out of Charlottesville, Virginia and Brooklyn, NY Synthetic Division (Shawn Decker and Alan Siegler) creates a soothing style of electronic music that moves your feet as well as your heart.

Live guitar:
Bn Whitlow
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Track Name: What You Got
should I know I'm better, or should I think I'm dead or
should feel I'm better than before?
Track Name: Relapse
everyone I know, seems to think I should know
well I feel they're changing minds and I feel like changing sides, and I know I can't comply because my fears are magnified...
Track Name: I Can't Remember
was it november, maybe december...
Track Name: The Rain
who's going to fade just like the rain?
Track Name: Unsure
do I feel unsure, am I feeling insecure?

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