Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"(Don't Give Up On ) Beautiful Things" by The Prefab Messiahs is a trip

(Don't Give Up On ) Beautiful Things is a 60's style psych acid tripping toned song from The Prefab Messiahs' latest foray into time travel rock called "Psychspolitation Today". The title of the album is both candid and twistingly true. I mean the sound on Beautiful Things is so perfectly psychedelic from the heavily effected vox to the harmonies and "la la la's" sang lovingly while walls of guitars march along. There is an electronic nod that updates the sound but pretty much the band goes for a perfect homage to the time.

This from a band who coalesced their sound lovingly in the early eighties and found a resurgence around 2015 smack dab in the middle of the Burger Record stew of bands and music built out of punk and sock hop punk like King Tuff, Tomorrow's Tulips, Shannon and the Clams, Ty Segall, White Fence and more who borrowed heavily from iconic proto rock and psych rock flavors. The Prefab Messiahs might not push the envelope as much as some but the lush hazy sound fits perfectly within a mix tape of Burger / Lolipop Records bands and sounds.

Robb Donker

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