Ike Yard

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Ike Yard
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresNo wave, electronic, post-punk, experimental
Years active1980 (1980)–1983 (1983), 2007 (2007)–present
LabelsDisques du Crépuscule, Factory, Acute
MembersKenneth Compton, Michael Diekmann, Stuart Argabright
Past membersFred Szymanski

Ike Yard is an experimental band founded in 1980 in New York and consisting of members Stuart Argabright (vocals), Kenny Compton (bass), Fred Szymanski (synthesizers/ programming) & Michael Diekmann (guitar). Formed in the later days of New York's no wave scene, they recorded for labels like Disques du Crépuscule and Factory in the early 1980s, and were the first American band to be signed to the latter UK label. Initially drawing on early krautrock and dub-influenced post-punk, their work increasingly incorporated drum machines and analog electronics.[1] After releasing their 1982 debut album, Ike Yard dissolved at the beginning of 1983. Argabright later recorded as Dominatrix.

After Acute Records released the well-received career anthology Ike Yard: 1980–82 Collected,[2] the band reformed as a three-piece unit with original members Stuart Argabright, Kenneth Compton and Michael Diekmann in 2007. only a year after Acute records released a well-received career anthology titled Ike Yard: 1980–82 Collected.[3] After a hiatus of roughly 28 years, Danish/Swedish imprint Phisteria released Öst, a limited edition 10-inch,[4] which was followed by their latest full-length, Nord, Phisteria licensing the album to Desire Records for worldwide distribution.[5]


  • Night After Night (EP, 1981)
  • A Fact a Second (LP, 1982)
  • 1980-82 Collected (compilation, 2006)
  • Öst (EP, 2009)
  • Nord (LP, 2010)
  • Sacred Machine (EP, 2017)
  • Rejoy (LP, 2019)


  1. ^ "Review of Ike Yard: 1980-82 Collected". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  2. ^ "Review of Ike Yard: 1980-82 Collected". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  3. ^ "Review of Ike Yard: 1980-82 Collected". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  4. ^ "Ike Yard Discog's Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  5. ^ "Nord release page on Phisteria Records". Phisteria Records. Retrieved 2012-10-18.