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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’ “EVERYTHING U NO” VIDEO (FEEL FREE TO POST & SHARE)

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    THE PREFAB MESSIAHS’ “PSYCHSPLOITATION” VIDEO (FEEL FREE TO POST & SHARE)

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    THE PREFAB MESSIAHS’ “THE MAN WHO KILLED REALITY” VIDEO (FEEL FREE TO POST & SHARE)

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    THE PREFAB MESSIAHS’ “SOMETIMES SUNNYDAZE” VIDEO (FEEL FREE TO POST & SHARE)

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    FOR MORE INFO ON THE PREFAB MESSIAHS:
    https://theprefabmessiahs.bandcamp.com

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    https://www.lolipoprecords.com

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  • HERE’S WHAT WAS WRITTEN ON THE STONES THROWN AT 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
    • 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 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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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.” – MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
    • “Much like the rest of The Prefab’s work, this record is beautifully timeless. It simultaneously feels like it belongs in the ‘60s, ‘80s and in the current age. With songs as strong as ‘Outtayerhands,’ ‘Sometimes Sunnydaze’ and the title track, I feel confident that this album will continue to sound fresh 20 years into the future.” – Keith Hadad, RECORD CRATES UNITED
    • [ALBUM OF THE WEEK] “… a shredder of an album that’ll shock the senses and melt brains.” – Rob Duguay , MOTIF MAGAZINE
    • “The Messiahs are as weird as ever on Psychsploitation Today, locking into a psych sound of the mid/late ‘60s when it was hip to be as weird as possible; the whole record is a swirling conglomerate of surf and garage music, chanky tamborine, chorus-drenched harmonies, and a not so subtle nod to the current administration in power.” – Charley Ruddell, THE DELI
    • “The Prefab Messiahs’ new slab of psyched-out, fuzz-pop goodness, Psychsploitaion Today, is politically charged and crammed full of all the reverb, fuzz and jangle you can handle.” – 3HIVE
    • [4/5 stars] “On Psychsploitation Today The Prefab Messiahs continue their love of 1960s garage pop/rock jammed full of guitar and brilliant harmonies.” – Aaron Badgley, SPILL MAGAZINE
    • [4/4 stars] “… a contemporary psych classic.” – AJ Phink, THE PUNK SITE