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    Timing is everything, they say. Of course, when you’re too far ahead of the curve musically-speaking, timing can also be a bitch. Give enough passage, however, and others eventually catch-up, understand… even emulate.

    Such is the case for self-proclaimed micro-legendary weirdoz The Prefab Messiahs. Originally together from 1981-1983, they played basement and club shows fairly often. Armed with borrowed guitars, puny amps and a mission to confound the status quo, the Clark U. undergrads began a unique post-punk musical trajectory through the burgeoning-yet-insular Wormtown (Worcester, MA) underground. Aside from the 1983 cassette Flex Your Mind, though, no recorded material was available from them until 1998’s Devolver CD-R – an anthology of their recordings from the early ’80s. Several songs on the album were produced by their friend and outsider psychedelic singer-songwriter Bobb Trimble.

    Fast-forward three decades later with the official remastered release of Devolver via Burger Records, followed by a well-received eight-song maxi-EP of new material entitled Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive (2015), and it seems the stars have finally aligned for this art-damaged psych-pop collective. These two releases witnessed not only a new appreciation from a younger fanbase (not much older than the original one the band first started out with over 35 years ago), but also rave reviews from media, who traced the lineage from the Prefab Messiahs to many of today’s garage-psych scuzz-pups, such as Oh Sees, King Tuff, White Fence, Ty Segall, et al.

    Now The Prefab Messiahs are set to release their latest full-length platter of new material, Psychsploitation Today. On it, the fuzzed-out foursome of Xerox Feinberg, Trip Thompson, Doc Michaud and Mattyboy Horn have cooked-up, arguably, their most far-out and fantastical effort to date. The new record continues the path of melding timely social commentary with equal measures of jangle, left-field garage-pop and hooks aplenty.

    Prefabs’ front dude Xerox Feinberg, a self-described “Lost Generation Wanna-be Spokesperson,” describes the the band’s approach on Psychsploitation Today thusly, “The new album is really a mental and sonic continuation of the things we were obsessed about from the beginning — mashing up the sounds and attitudes of ’60s garage-psychedelia with post-punk ’80s stuff and dragging all that into whatever ‘today’ is — while generally trying to poke people in the ribs and skewer some of the Big Shams behind all the Shiny Facades. We still don’t do songs about girls’ names or feeling good. We’re still trying to toss everything into the mix including the kitchen sink. We’re still bemused and shocked and disgusted with The State of Things — and also in love with the noises in our heads and guitars. We like to think that The Prefab Messiahs’ work is never done.”

    The Prefab Messiahs’ Psychsploitation Today will be available on cassette, CD, digital and streaming formats January 26, 2018 via Lolipop/Burger Records.

    PSYCHSPLOITATION TODAY TRACK LISTING:

    1. PSYCHSPLOITATION
    2. THE MAN WHO KILLED REALITY
    3. SOMETIMES SUNNYDAZE
    4. EVERYTHING U NO
    5. GELLOW MOLD
    6. HAVING A RAVE UP
    7. OUTTAYERHANDS
    8. MONSTER RIFF
    9. WARMSINKINGFEELING
    10. LAST DAY ON EARTH

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    THE PREFAB MESSIAHS’ “PSYCHSPLOITATION TODAY: THE VIDEO ALBUM” FEATURING ALL 10 MUSIC VIDEOS FROM THE ALBUM (FEEL FREE TO POST & SHARE)

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  • RECENT PRESS ACCOLADES FOR THE PREFAB MESSIAHS:

      • “Psychsploitation Today offers more garage goodies with tongues firmly planted in cheeks, fuzz boxes (and phasers) set on stun, and hooks aplenty hailing from all directions. Everything is played with gusto and gumption, ‘60s influences are proudly pinned to sleeves, but the Prefabs also inject their own ‘80s take on garage/psych that’ll have us digging our paisley shirts and Beatles boots out storage.” – Jeff Penczak, SHINDIG! MAGAZINE

    “The Messiahs deliver straight-up fuzzed-out garage rocking, and do so rather well. There’s been some comparisons to the Bay Area’s Castle Face crew, e.g. The Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and White Fence, but their weird edge and refreshingly serious lyrical focus hits my garage spot a little differently, and that’s cool.” – Joseph Neff , THE VINYL DISTRICT

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

    “Are The Prefab Messiahs condemning psychsploitation or pursuing it? Both, maybe, Whatever the hell they’re up to, it’s commendable hoot.” – JR Moores, RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE

    Pazz & Jop: Protests and Escapes ~ 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.” – Ted Leibowitz, THE VILLAGE VOICE

    “The New England band’s acid-tinged rock/pop is as tough and tuneful as anything else from the early ‘80s garage revivalist explosion they originally knocked around in.” – Michael Toland, BLURT MAGAZINE

    “The Prefab Messiahs are a post-punk band with actually credibility, considering they formed in 1981 amid the peak of DIY basement guerrilla-style attacks on the status-quo of pop. Fast forward three decades later, with a little help from local heroes Burger Records, and this Boston-based four-piece is releasing an album of brand new material, saturated with years of experience as an “art-damaged psych-pop collective” eager to prove their worth. And they’re proving it pretty hard on their forthcoming album, Psychsploitation Today. Keep your ears on this band.” – Maya Eslami, WHAT YOUTH

    “… a contemporary psych classic.” – AJ Phink, THE PUNK SITE

    “You might be thinking they’re a new band, cranking out garage rock jams like some of your favorite artists: Ty Segall, King Tuff, Thee Oh Sees, but The Prefab Messiahs have been rocking out since the ’80s”. – EARBUDDY

    “The Prefab Messiahs crawled from the basements and alleyways of Wormtown (Worcester, Mass. to the uninitiated) in 1981, died in 1983 and has been resurrected all these decades on to deliver a new and impressive gospel to a generation with its eyes open and tongues extended, excited about receiving a holy communion in which traces of the lysergic and psychedelic abound. These dudes have not traveled all this distance merely to know the place for the first time. They’ve come to own it.” – Jedd Beaudoin, POPMATTERS

    “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. If the groovy organ tones, ’60s garage riffs and catchy choruses are all a bit too blissfully fun for you, the lyrics often swing more to the pessimistic side.” – JR Moores, THE QUIETUS

    “… continues to be one of the best left field surprises of the past few years. Using the psychedelic sounds of the mid-to-late ‘60s as their modus operandi, the Prefabs have put together a solid set of day-glo tunes with their latest long player. Even though their sound most definitely hearkens back to that golden age of jangly Rickenbackers and Beatle boots, the group is not content to simply be a revival act regurgitating the sounds of yesteryear. There’s a punk energy and urgency to these proceedings.” – STYROFOAM DRONE

    “Fake news? Alternative facts? Worcester rockers the Prefab Messiahs hold nothing back with their scathing indictment of President Donald Trump with ‘The Man Who Killed Reality,’ a bright bit of psychedelic rock bolstered by a satirical cartoon of the president on a rampage of mass destruction. Not subtle, no, but it’s a great bit of protest rock that captures the defiance of an earlier era and recasts it for a modern audience.” – Victor D. Infante, THE TELEGRAM

    [9/10 ] “Joyous lyrics shared over some glorious `60s garage psychedelia.… had me happily drifting off almost to another dimension. Brilliant.” – Damian Sullivan, MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC