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Gary War just got a right glowing write-up in esteemed spod rag The Wire, a weighty academic tome even I can relate to these days. That "Hypnagogic Pop" malarky though, I thought it was the NME's job to pigeonhole the latest sounds? This album, 'Horribles Parade', is indeed a very odd creature. Coming over like euphoric, drunken 80's pop played underwater inside a rusty oil drum, there's ...

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Horribles Parade / Galactic Citizens by Gary War
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 01 October 2009
Gary War just got a right glowing write-up in esteemed spod rag The Wire, a weighty academic tome even I can relate to these days. That "Hypnagogic Pop" malarky though, I thought it was the NME's job to pigeonhole the latest sounds? This album, 'Horribles Parade', is indeed a very odd creature. Coming over like euphoric, drunken 80's pop played underwater inside a rusty oil drum, there's definitely similarities to Blank Dogs' warped, mystic lo-fi vision in that these wonderful melodies blaze through the insane vocal gurgles & muddied atmospherics. At times, beneath the aquatic distortion and fluid textural assault, this record sounds to me like early Teardrop Explodes as played by Northern English cabaret proggers Cleckhuddersfax but at other junctures I hear a metronomic, perverted krautrock with erratic basslines, virtually electro-esque drum pulses, diving, swooping alien synths with this coat of truly bizarre aural glue holding the crazy mess together. Yes, Gary War is a weirdo & his vision of future pop is absolutely terrific. I mean 'No Payoff' sounds like early Felt on acid drowning in a fishtank!! Some of the bass playing on this record is totally fucked up & freeform! There's nods to 60's psych garage but also a truly warped love of bands such as Devo & the more extreme DIY end of UK post punk - Swell Maps & the home taping/experimental scrawl of the Messthetics endorsed suburban outsider scene Yet all in all Gary War sound like Gary War - intergalactic explorerers out to screw with your head. Murky, perverted Pop with it's head buried in a particularly tasty compost heap teeming with all kinds of unique bacteria & strange eco-systems, coming out reeking of individuality plus an healthy whiff of happy madness. CD has tracks from 'Galactic Citizens, Vinyl is beautifully screen printed! On Sacred Bones.

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