Industry (band)

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This article is about the 1980s new wave band. For the Irish pop group of the same name formed in 2009, see Industry (Irish band).
Also known as Industrial Complex
Origin Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres New wave, synthpop
Years active 1978–1984
Labels Amstate Records
Capitol Records

Industry was an American new wave band formed in 1978 in New York. On establishment, they were known as Industrial Complex, with their name later changing to Industry. In 1981, the band became commercial but disbanded three years later. Their only album was Stranger to Stranger from 1984[1] which spawned the hit single, "State of the Nation".


1978–1981 (1978 as Industrial Complex, 1979 as Industry)
  • Andrew Geyer - vocals, guitar, tape loops
  • Mercury Caronia - vocals, drums, bass guitar
  • Sean Kelly - vocals
1981–1984 (as Industry)
  • Jon Carin - lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Brian Unger - guitar, backing vocals
  • Mercury Caronia - drums, backing vocals
  • Rudy Perrone - bass guitar, backing vocals
2014 (as Industry)
  • Mercury Caronia - drums, keyboards, vocals
  • Andrew Geyer - guitar, tape loops, vocals
  • Sean Kelly - bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Steven Northshield - guitar


Industry was founded in 1978 by drummer Mercury Caronia and composer, studio engineer, guitarist Andrew Geyer, bassist and vocalist Sean Kelly, as Industrial Complex. The band's name was later changed to Industry. Caronia and Geyer worked with experimental electronic music, odd time signatures, tape loops, synths and innovative guitaring into various methods of recording.

In 1981, Andrew Geyer and Sean Kelly left the band. Guitarist Brian Unger, new lead singer Jon Carin and Rudy Perrone (who was previously in a progressive rock band called Cathedral, with Mercury) joined the group. They signed to Capitol Records.

Their best-known single, "State of the Nation", broke through the European charts between 1983 and 1984, earning them a place as the support act for artists such as Billy Idol, Talk Talk and INXS. The second single from the same album, "Still of the Night" was less successful. The band split in 1984.


After the split, Jon Carin started a successful session musician and solo career, becoming a permanent member of the Pink Floyd live band and co-writing Pink Floyd's hit single "Learning to Fly". Unger and Perrone went on to form their own bands.


UPDATE: November 2014... Industry has reformed, and are currently writing material for an upcoming release. Shows in the NYC area are also planned.




  • Logging Time (1980)
  • Turning to Light (1981)
  • Industry (1983) (Mini vinyl LP / 5 songs)


  • "Logging Time" (1980)
  • "Ready for the Wave" (1980)
  • "Turning to Light" (1981)
  • "State of the Nation" (1983) No. 1 Italy, No. 10 Sweden, No. 89 USA
  • "Communication" (1983)
  • "Still of the Night" (1984)
  • "What Have I Got To Lose" (1984)


  1. ^ "" (in English). Retrieved 2008-10-06.