Franz Kafka / Prefab Sun

Desperately Happy
Release date
18 Jan 2011
Running length
2 tracks
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A self-described “1982 Wormtown vault extraction”, released both as a 7” vinyl single by Almost Ready Records (Brooklyn) and digitally via Bandcamp.

Cobbwebbed-basement mystery surrounds this early-80s Worcester MA combo that dared (if they were even aware of it) to infuse proto-lo-fi post-punk clatter with drizzles of off-kilter psych and lashings of garage-pop melodicism — all informed by an attitude combining cryptic social digs, bone-dry wit and Dadaist pranksterism. Anthology Recordings (a one-time digital retailer of rare/collectible music) declared that The Prefab Messiahs “manage to perfectly execute the difficult joining of punk, psych, and garage.” Some have waxed less analytically, too: in psych-legend Bobb Trimble’s song ‘Armour of the Shroud’, he wrote ‘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.

The handsome 7” package features art & layout from Prefabs singer Xeth “Xerox” Feinberg and band photos by the aforementioned Mr. Trimble (the band’s friend, guru, and sometime producer).

released 18 January 2011
Xerox Feinberg - gtr, voc, 7” cover art/layout
Doc Michaud - gtr, spoken intro (on “Franz Kafka”)
Trip Thompson - bass, back voc (“Prefab Sun”)
Billy Brahm - drums on “Franz Kafka”
Tony Serrato - drums on “Prefab Sun”
Thom Moore - live sound on “Franz Kafka”
Jeff Lipton - 1998 mastering

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