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The Prefab Messiahs


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Worcester MA, United States (1981 – 1983, 2012 – present)

The Prefab Messiahs began as a proto-lo-fi post-punk left-field garage pop band associated with the “Wormtown” (Worcester, Massachusetts) punk/arts scene of the early 1980s. Stylistically, their early sounds have been compared with Television Personalities, Swell Maps, Josef K, White Fence, Thee Oh Sees, The Clean, and King Tuff.

Originally together from 1981-1983, they played basement and club shows fairly often. Aside from the 1983 cassette Flex Your Mind, though, no recorded material was available from them until 1998’s Devolver CD-R anthology. Several songs on the album were produced by their friend (outsider psychedelic singer-songwriter) Bobb Trimble.

At their first-ever gig, the band distributed a simultaneously prank-ish and poker-faced “manifesto”, using 60s rock album liner notes as a wobbly template. It began:

“…Was it only 3 or 4 weeks ago that the future PREFAB MESSIAHS first pooled their cosmic energies and talents, and – crooning their messages about our Plastic Age – decided to totally revolutionize Pop Music? The Concept was shocking in its boldness – 4 young men with a Destiny – from the Store 24 to Mister Donut their eyes burned with what they saw, even as they lapped it up faster than a small order of McDonald’s fries. Reality could not keep the PREFAB MESSIAHS down! Still, if the Media is the Message, just what are these guys talking about? In short, they’re talking about you and me and no one in particular – about the kind of Eternal Struggle that most “bands” and “musicians” don’t even realize exists…”


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