Wednesday

salvation army

...back in the paisley underground hype of the early 80's when the los angeles suburbias were getting a second wind of LSD inflected pop noise one of the first on the scene were the salvation army who put out a fantastic LP full of pogo punk acid pop(sort of like buzzcocks all melting and tripping)...this is the sound of the sunset strip brought up the years, the sound of loves '7&7 is' single given an injection of amphetamine and stood in front of a strobe light until the neon melts away time, teenagers on a trip to tomorrow...a whirlwind rush of mind bending backward guitars, flashing cymbals, phasing, cheap NOWsound keyboards, the whole thing just slips and slides in the glow of lava lamp light shows capsizing the wigged-out patterns that crawl across the wobbly walls...its a stomp in the mind soup of inter-dimensional travel, a flip out in the marshmellow factory, the fastlane to ZAPville, down the psychedelic dragstrip to the centre of the mynd...a lot of bands working in the garage-punk-power-pop geekworld think they somehow can sound like this but really, no one ever comes close, this is otherworldy in its melding of 60s acidpunk/70s amped up pogo blitz, the join cannot be seen, so perfect is this creation of drugpop it only can appear once and then disappear leaving something beautifully intangible yet solid, to last into the eons of shamanic grooving, to dwell where the bohemians congregate...they had to change their name after a run in with the other salvation army who didn't feel they could compete with these psyched out hollywood punksters, so they became the three o'clock but somehow the change of identity defused the explosive quality of their sound, never again did they achive symmetry of ideas and enthusiasm and after the first 12inch EP it all went blandly downhill to nowhere and beyond...
...salvation here...

3 comments:

DJ Useo said...

Thanks for the chance to hear this.I bought all the 3 o'clock,but I could never find this one.

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spacedsaviour said...

this is their best effort, undoubtably...