Franz Kafka / Prefab Sun

by The Prefab Messiahs

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A self-described "1982 Wormtown vault extraction", released both as a 7" vinyl single by Almost Ready Records (Brooklyn) and digitally via Bandcamp. Full info at tiny.cc/Prefabs-Kafka

"Cobbwebbed-basement mystery surrounds this early-80s Worcester MA combo that dared (if they were even aware of it) to infuse proto-lo-fi post-punk clatter with drizzles of off-kilter psych and lashings of garage-pop melodicism -- all informed by an attitude combining cryptic social digs, bone-dry wit and Dadaist pranksterism. Anthology Recordings (a one-time digital retailer of rare/collectible music) declared that The Prefab Messiahs "manage to perfectly execute the difficult joining of punk, psych, and garage." Some have waxed less analytically, too: in psych-legend Bobb Trimble's song 'Armour of the Shroud', he wrote 'Well the Rolling Stones come to town / don't throw the Prefab Messiahs out of bounds / God save those dreamers / they're all that's left sometimes."

The handsome 7" package features art & layout from Prefabs singer Xeth "Xerox" Feinberg and band photos by the aforementioned Mr. Trimble (the band's friend, guru, and sometime producer).

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released 18 January 2011

Xerox Feinberg - gtr, voc, 7" cover art/layout
Doc Michaud - gtr, spoken intro (on "Franz Kafka")
Trip Thompson - bass, back voc ("Prefab Sun")
Billy Brahm - drums on "Franz Kafka"
Tony Serrato - drums on "Prefab Sun"
Thom Moore - live sound on "Franz Kafka"
Jeff Lipton - 1998 restoration & mastering
Joe Turner - 2010 additional engineering
Kris Thompson - project & mastering supervision
Bobb Trimble - guru, 7" cover photo
Harry Howes - label honcho

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Left-field DIY post-punk 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: Franz Kafka
[lyrics by Xerox Feinberg]

One morning, as I awoke from uneasy dreams
I found myself transformed in my bed -- into Franz Kafka!

One day I woke up and I was Franz Kafka
One day I woke up and I was Franz Kafka
I -- I was metamorphosized
I, I, I, I, I, I, I became a grasshopper, oh yeah

One day I woke up and I was Franz Kafka
One day I woke up and I was Franz Kafka
I -- I was metamorphosized
I, I, I, I, I, I, I became a grasshopper, oh yeah

Franz Kafka!
Track Name: Prefab Sun
[lyrics by Xerox Feinberg & Trip Thompson]

I had a vision driving home from the shopping mall
Dishpan hands grabbed for me and I began to fall
Twinkie wrappers bind the dreams the Golden Arches state
Walking down the aisles there, I saw the Savior's face

In swirling clouds of TV fuzz transcending time and space
The pizza trays and drive-in banks all beg for our embrace

Under a Prefab Sun, under a Prefab Sun
Under a Prefab Sun

As I awoke from behind that steering wheel
I didn't know what I'd find or what I'd feel
Twinkie wrappers bind the dreams the Golden Arches state
Walking down the aisles there, I saw the Savior's face

In swirling clouds of TV fuzz transcending time and space
The pizza trays and drive-in banks all beg for our embrace

Under a Prefab Sun, under a Prefab Sun
Under a Prefab Sun