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The Prefab Messiahs / Press

“If you want to hear the soundtrack of the roots of the original punk scene with a contemporary twist, rather then one that’s embedded in dated values and references, then no one, and I mean no one, is doing this better than The Prefab Messiahs right now. The influences from the original 60’s garage and psychedelic scenes feel authentic and this is coupled with the spirit of the first wave of the garage revival, of which The Prefab Messiahs were a part. What makes this album truly stand out is the fact that it doesn’t feel like an anachronism in any way, shape or form, 'Music For Concerned Citizens' is quite simply a psychedelic happening for the modern age.”

“Fans of more recent practitioners like Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, King Tuff etc. will be right at home here, but these guys did it first. No need to respect them just for their pioneering qualities though, the songs themselves are irresistibly catchy too.”

“The Prefab Messiahs are a bit like garage rock superheroes—flying in from out of nowhere just when we need them the most...a mind-melting mix of 60s psych, 80s post-punk and modern garage rock with just enough social and political commentary to bring us back to the current year.”

“The Prefab Messiahs are a post-punk band with actual credibility...an “art-damaged psych-pop collective” eager to prove their worth. And they’re proving it pretty hard.”

“Much like the rest of The Prefab’s work, ['Psychsploitation Today'] is beautifully timeless. It simultaneously feels like it belongs in the ‘60s, ‘80s and in the current age.”

“['Psychsploitation Today'] is the shit with bells on.”

“As one might gather from this new video and track (“Psychsploitation"), these dudes have not traveled all this distance merely to know the place for the first time. They've come to own it.”

“[IMPOSE Magazine feature interview - click the link to read]”

“THEE Best Psych Record of the Year [2015, 'Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive'] ... This is a Big Fucking Deal for all of us Psych-Garage nerds out here.”

“While other bands simply try to revive the past, the Prefabs redefine it—creating an album that sounds anything but dated.”

“In the face of the unprecedented attacks on the pillars of democracy, there were some great protest songs in 2017 worth noting, including The Prefab Messiahs' “The Man Who Killed Reality.””

“Fans of Thee Oh Sees, early Mercury Rev, Wayne Coyne's sparkly glitter cannons, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Pink Mountaintops and In The Red Records should certainly hop along for a ride on the Prefabs' scooter.”

“['Psychsploitation Today' is] a gem...It’s a shredder of an album that’ll shock the senses and melt brains.”

“'Timeless' is a cheesy word used in Hallmark cards, but The Prefab Messiahs tempt a use of the word”

“'Psychsploitation Today: The Video Album' is the best psychedelic influenced film since the Beatles piled into a van on their Magical Mystery Tour.”

“Check out ["College Radio''] and feel yourself falling into the timeless space that is the Prefab Messiahs’ music, as the vintage clips melt with garage inspired psychedelic punk. Drawing from influences and experiences spanning entire decades, Prefab Messiahs are without a doubt ready to stand the test of time.”

“The Prefab Messiahs were one of the coolest things going in Massachusetts (or elsewhere) in the ’80s, even if no one knew it at the time...these Worcester heads have weathered the test of time to become the should-be prototype for all underground rockers the Bay State has spawned since...Sometimes things happen that are so worthy of your excitement it’s legitimately hard to put it into words. This is one of those things”

“Cheese is only good for a few years, but a fine fruitcake goes on maturing for decades.”

"These guys are serious and fun at the same time and very few have been able to pull that off."

“'Psychsploitation Today' mines the same scuzz-rock/post-punk territory these Wormtown freaks were cranking out when your cool uncle was still in short pants.”

“If The Monkees ever recorded real garage music it might sound like 'Weirdoz Everywhere'”

“Art punk masterminds of the college rock era”

“It’s as if [for 'Peace Love & Alienation'] the Ramones teamed up with Joy Division, took some LSD, listened to The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, and then decided to write an album.”

“The Prefabs assembled a timeless, killer sound that’s on par with the best sounds from any era. Why they haven’t been name-dropped incessantly over the last 30 years is a mystery.”

“Thirty years after their initial run, it seems the world at large has finally caught up to the Prefab Messiahs...If you’re looking for something far-out but far from ponderous, this is the sound for you. Dig it.”

“Amazing early-80s DIY/basement psych/goofball garage band...The Prefabs have an umbilical to the UK DIY sound with a riotous Swell Maps/Desperate Bicycles style filtered through an American teen garage aesthetic...The group shared bills with Mission Of Burma and Willie Alexander back in the day, but even in that company were a real anomaly. ['Peace Love & Alienation' is] a revelatory reissue, highly recommended!”

“The universe inhabited by The Prefab Messiahs resembles one of R. Crumb’s psychedelic posters—there’s plenty of room for cartoon characters and bright colors, and it also feels as if there’s a slight whiff of madness to it all.”

“[Ad Hoc's Artist Profile on The Prefab Messiahs - click below to read] ...'Even thirty years later, the Prefabs' ethos is still a breath of fresh air'”

“[the WFMU Blog's in-depth interview with The Prefab Messiahs - click below to read]”

“They were way more than normal dudes playing outsider music. They were as punk as Gang of Four, but had a playful pop sound like Sparks.”

“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... [song lyrics]”

“Anyone see these guys with Bobb Trimble??? Video from '83 is great. Also, can't stop listening to 'Cousin Artie'”

“The fuzzed-out mind-screws and tremolo riffs on "Beyond All That" make good on the flyer/manifesto's premonition. In a voice of stirring intellect, [Xeth] Feinberg ridicules the meaninglessness of "cool," and those masked subscriptions to conformity that still prevail as the social norm. With a slogan that sounds as relevant in 2011 as it did in 1982, the collection's liners declare "these times demand the evolving drone of the Prefab Messiahs.”

“Listening to Devolver, you have to wonder why The Prefab Messiahs have stayed on the fringes of the underground for so long, relatively unknown to anyone apart from the most avid record collectors. The unconventional, rebellious and highly inventive free-spirit of the Prefab Messiahs’ music definitely deserves a broader appreciation...long may the Prefabs franchise continue!”

“This collection of songs is the equivalent for this [blog] site of the feeling a noise rock fan gets when they finally check out Sonic Youth or a krautrocker hearing Hawkwind for the first time. That realization that the band you've always wanted to hear stopped playing before you even knew you were looking for them.”

“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.”

“Volcanic Tongue persuaded me that I needed [The Prefab Messiahs'] 12". They, of course, were right - it's a charming, addictive record of which I've grown very fond....There's a sort of stumbling, fumbling genius at work on "Prefab Sun".”

“The Prefab Messiahs were more interested in the post-punk scene...though they bring in a strong influence from '60s psych/garage rockers like 13th Floor Elevators and Quicksilver Messenger Service”

“A reminder of the very fringes of Reagan-era punk, more underground than most and coming on like The Fugs on a mall tour, set to burn the food court to the ground.”

“...Hopped up on crazy juice and infusing post-punk, left-field garage/psych/pop, and general art damage with heady bumps of WTF... How to describe Peace, Love & Alienation? Well it isn't too far from the twisted and frenetic mind of John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) actually.”

“Oddball Worcester, MA, garage-psych types the Prefab Messiahs, whose early-’80s work was recently reissued on the digital-vinyl set Peace Love & Alienation, top a cool [Death By Audio] bill”

“In an age when every band older than 10 years is reforming, anniversary touring and reissuing, its good to know that there are still weird corners of the universe that rightfully get their second chance.”

“The range in style of Prefabs musical output exemplifies the fascinating and peculiar nature of the magnitude of musical directions being explored. But more than that, the mad enjoyment its members seen to be having in their rocking out comes through contagiously loud and clear.”

“In the current climate of punchy garage rock, this is one of those bands you could say was ahead of their time, or that artists have come back around to appreciate the same things the Prefab Messiahs inherently knew.”

“The Prefab Messiahs come at you like a gritty inside joke leftover from a college acid trip. You were either there or are trying to catch up. A strange brew that mixes together sarcastic 60's counter culture rhetoric, new wave goofiness, and some of the best lo fi Casio drum machine rhythm tracks you're likely to hear”

"...a fantastic glimpse into a little-known Northeastern scene of weirdo underground rock...manages to perfectly execute the difficult joining of punk, psych, and garage"

“Franz Kafka” is a absolutely dazzling psych-punk ass kicker and the best part is it’s going to catch you completely off guard. Once it’s over with you still won’t know what the hell hit you as it comes together with breakneck speeds, blazing guitar solos and frenetic vocals, all with a raging energy you can feel the heat radiating off of. “Prefab Sun” on the other side gets it’s toes wet in the pop pool a little more than the last, with metallic guitar chords and a sun-shining solo about halfway through to bring it all home.”

“The band occupies a pre/post wasteland between punk, paisley and psych revivals that ends up lumping them into the too late for glory too soon for fame kind of category. They've got some of the same impulses that made The Twinkeyz heroes to a scant few and even caught the ear of Bobb Trimble (who missed his own share of glory in his heyday) who had a hand in some of their recordings. These two tracks certainly show you what the vast majority of the buying public in '83 were missing out on though and its a welcome bit of unearthing from the label.”

“Psychedelic iconoclasts The Prefab Messiahs... "Desperately Happy" [is] a punchy, chromatic garage pop tune that is full of social commentary by turns tongue-and-cheek and sincere”

“PREFAB MESSIAHS play a fun brand of '80s garage pop, too smart and enthusiastic for paisley or Beatle boots...Seems like the most suitable reaction against hardcore punk imaginable, turning towards '60s garage psych and giving it a go. A really fun "fuck you" of a garage record.”

“I want everything that I am a part of to be like this at the level of ethos at least.”

“I’ll be damned if A-side “Franz Kafka” didn’t knock me on my ass from the first listen. When I get the funds together for my 45-jukebox, this one is going in there for sure – think lo-fi Television Personalities, Modern Lovers or even The Clean. Completely stoked on this record.”

“Their psych garage mash up of The Television Personalities and the 13th Floor Elevators couldn't be more on trend in 2012 if they'd arrived wearing pajamas with the world's biggest scouse brow.”

“The Prefab Messiahs are early’s ‘80s pre-AND-better-than-Paisley-Underground tunes that sound like the Twinkeyz without the hallucinogens. Great stuff.”