Sudeten Crèche was created by Yvette Döll in 1980, using experimental sounds and tape loops containing a mixture of voice, short-wave radio interference and synthesisers to the backdrop of an SR-88 Drum Machine. In the summer of 1981, Paul Carlin joined and the pair began creating music. Later that year the pair were joined by Mark Warner. None of this earliest Sudeten Crèche material was ever released and only a few analogue tapes exist today.
1982 saw the band release their first tracks, 'Dance' and 'Are Kisses out of Fashion?' on, ‘Europe in the Year Zero’, a compilation EP to benefit ‘No Nukes’. The remaining tracks on this split EP came from Colour-me-Pop and Yazoo, also debut releases for these artists.
The following year, the band recorded and released 'Kindergarten’, an EP on the influential label, illuminated. By this point Warner was no longer present and Baz Voce (guitar, synth) and Tim Wharton (bass) were part of a new line-up. That same year, Sudeten Crèche supported Nico on the UK leg of her European tour.
The four pursued different paths in the years that followed, including a number of production projects; Döll also ran a number of successful labels, notably American Phonograph, Saderal and Intrigue as well as special projects, A&R for Illuminated.
In 2005, following Carlin's return from a long spell in the US, Carlin and Warner were reunited and began creating material together under the Sudeten Crèche project. This resulted in a handful of releases, including 'Wounds' in 2007 and 'A Kiss from the Creche', a self-released CD EP featuring new material. In 2009, Minimal Wave, re-released original material from the Europe in the Year Zero and Kindergarten EPs. Carlin and Warner conducted a short European tour in the spring of 2011, which took in London, Paris, Antwerp, Berlin and Vienna, however, by 2013, the working partnership between Carlin and Warner had dissolved.
Döll and Carlin began assembling and reconstructing original Sudeten Crèche material developed between 1980 and 1985 with a view to creating a retrospective album representative of that early period and has this formed the basis for their live sets since 2016.
Sudeten Crèche's most recent release, 'Nothing is True' (on Slow Club Productions), features three new tracks as well as a reworking of 'Nightlife in Köln', which dates back to 1983.
The band is currently completing the retrospective, with a view to release in late 2020 and intend to follow this up with a new album for release in early 2021 - more details to follow.