BURGER Records BRGR772 / KLYAM Records KLYAM-005
Recommended If You Like: Thee Oh Sees, White Fence, King Tuff, 13th Floor Elevators, Outrageous Cherry, Black Lips, Electric Prunes
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"The Prefab Messiahs blew minds and started fires with their unique brand of garage rock... Fortunately, this singular group survived the temporal dustbin and lives on to mess with a new generation.”
—Chris Collins, Boston Hassle
Indeedily-doo: Energized by a shockingly great 30th Anniversary mini-tour—and BURGER Records’ reissue of their early-80s anthology Devolver —wiggy art-punk popsters The Prefab Messiahs have cooked up their first new audio hi-jinks since originally disbanding in 1983(!). Hands down, 'Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive' is a solid garage-psych-meets-power-pop slam.
The Prefabs defiantly pick up where they left off and go Way Beyond, connecting-the-dots to 'THE NOW' for anyone who has been intrigued by their prophetic proto-lo-fi garage-psych-pop sounds!
This new batch of songs etches a loose "Siddhartha"-like trajectory—partly inspired by the band's early experiences—of a desperately idealistic journey from suburb to school, forming a band, encountering life’s pratfalls, and finally—battling disillusionment and self-doubt—gaining enough insight to keep dreams alive in a messed up and uncaring world. Dig?
"Weirdoz Everywhere" alternates irresistible garage-blast turnarounds and power-jangle verses; "College Radio" rings out in sweet'n'sour homage to the medium's embrace of young hopefuls; "Bobb's Psychedelic Car" is a trippy-yet-bracing tip of the hat to their original guide & guru, outsider psych legend Bobb Trimble.
The sessions were captured by ace knob-twiddlers Doug Tuttle (ex-MMOSS, now solo on Trouble In Mind) and Jesse Gallagher (recorded Quilt's 1st LP for Mexican Summer). The final mixes were conjured by the band themselves, and Burger's mastering guru Patrick Haight applied the final happy-glaze.
The crazy dreams encapsulated here all conspire to live on timelessly, even without pausing to take heed of the title track’s mischievous prodding.