Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive

by The Prefab Messiahs

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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.

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released 10 March 2015

Xerox Feinberg - vocals, gtr
Doc Michaud - gtr, organ, vocals
Trip Thompson - bass, vocals, kazoo, Kaossilator, Monotron
Ned Egg - drums, tambourine

Jesse Gallagher - backing vocal on "Weirdoz Everywhere"
Gary War - Monotron on "Bobb's Psychedelic Car"
Kurt Heasley - studio support

recorded by Doug Tuttle and Jesse Gallagher at Nightime Sunshine, Cambridge MA
mixed by Xerox and Trip at Distractionland, Callicoon, NY
mastered by Patrick Haight at Spot-On Sound, Palm Springs, CA

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Left-field DIY garage-pop-psych provocateurs! Originally launched during the 80s Wormtown (Worcester MA) scene. Dada-addled daydreamers, wobbly genre grinders practicing art-punk without a license, Bobb Trimble cohorts and well-intentioned nogoodniks. Ushered in both The Winter of Love and the Age of Peace Love & Alienation - and it's never too late to catch the reflection waves! ... more

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Track Name: Ssydarthurr
You may travel very far in a psychedelic car
Mental mushrooms growing mold clog your life as it unfolds
Ssydarthurr! Ssydarthurr!

And deep inside a German book
A princely price to have a look
Your friends could never spell the name
But you came out just half insane
To wander dazed through muddled years
Awash in desperate, happy tears
You earned yourself the third degree
Who told you you're too old to spree?

Dripping from a garbage can, once you thought you saw a plan
You've still got dreams piled in heaps - not awake and not asleep
Ssydarthurr! Ssydarthurr!

And every place you try to go
Mad hucksters still put on a show
With squawking horns and shiny things
To tickle all the human beings
Who push and shove amid the glare
For love and sex and plastic ware
And push through clouds of wobbly goo
That screaming sound is probably you!
Track Name: Weirdoz Everywhere
Hey heh heh heh

Where I come from you'd never know
Like moths attracted to the glow
You know just what I mean - soul-sucking suburban scene
Weirdoz Everywhere

Hey heh heh heh

Some sort of truth is what I sought
A school of knocks is what I got
Feel like a leper clown - can't get arrested in this town
Weirdoz Everywhere

So I say - hey hey heh heh

Here come the weirdos - look at them all
Here come the prefab messiahs
So help us all

Here come the weirdos - can't count them all
God bless the prefab messiahs
So help us all
Track Name: Orange Room
He lives in an orange room so you don’t have to
He lives in an orange room just to upset you
He lives in an orange room - don’t look inside there
He lives in an orange room - you cannot hide there

Squirrels in the wall, Drunks down the hall
Useless college degree
Dead-ender jobs, hated by snobs
Dread what the future will be!

He lives in an orange room - that’s what he’s after
He lives in an orange room - ignore the laughter
He lives in an orange room amid the clutter
He lives in an orange room - what does it matter?
What does it matter?
Track Name: College Radio
In a triple decker town where the sky is like a frown
And the factories and dreams have all closed down
There's a DJ seldom seen, goggle eyes and skin of green
In the basement at the...
College Radio, College Radio, College Radio

And if you get on the air, you might feel sort of like a star
Careful not to touch that dial, 'cause the signal can't reach very far

You're a rebel in a dorm, thinking just outside the norm
Digging records from the local scene
Cut some classes, take a chance - buy an amp and make a stance
You'll be heroes on the...
Underground Radio, Underground Radio, Underground Radio
Track Name: Booshwa Sally
Don't go out with Booshwa Sally
She'll take you and she'll water you down
Don't go out with Booshwa Sally
She'll take you where you'll never be found

It's so easy to be swayed by her charms
She'll buy you bracelets that will rip off your arms

Booshwa Sally
Booshwa Sally
Booshwa Sally
Booshwa Sally

Don't go out with Booshwa Sally
She'll take you where you'll never be found
Don't go out with Booshwa Sally
She'll take you and she'll water you down

It's so easy to be swayed by her charms
She'll buy you bracelets that will rip off your arms

Booshwa Sally
Booshwa Sally
Booshwa Sally
Booshwa Sally
Track Name: Bobb's Psychedelic Car
When your harvest of dreams has grown a crop of only weeds
Starved and shriveled up and dead
When all the people pushing carts amid the parking lots
Are just voices in your head

Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car
Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car
Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car

The empty stores that line the butchered streets so sad so gray
Watch you skidding in the rain
The winking signs along the interstate announce the news
Every place is now the same

Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car
Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car
Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car

Behind the wheel just push that junk right off the vinyl seat
Give my rusty door a shove
My breaks are shot, squeeze right on in, there's half a tank of gas
Hear the tires squeal the love

Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car
Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car
Hitch a ride in Bobb's Psychedelic Car
Track Name: Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive
Sip a cuppa coffee from your daily grind
It's a full time job not to lose your mind
You gotta do what you gotta do
Gotta do what you gotta do to survive

Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive
Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive
Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive

Never mind the answer - what's the question again?
Hide out in your garden 'til you cash it in
You gotta go where you gotta go
You gotta go wherever to escape the hive

Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive
Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive
Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive
Track Name: Prefab Flashing
[sound collage]
Ee, ee, ee
Heh heh heh heh heh
Nice headband ya got there, honey!
What...?
Heh heh heh heh heh heh
What, what...?
What does it matter?
What, what, what, what...?
Don't tell me what to do!
Ssydarthurr!
And yer done!