1960s throwback Paul Messis makes records that sounds like they were recorded in a garage plastered in Byrds posters, wearing cuban heels and orange flares. Garagey pysch-punk with a jangly shimmering edge, these tracks wouldn't sound out of place on a vintage 1960s compilation album. Limited to 500 copies, this double-A comes in a vintage-looking paper sleeve.
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- Nightmares / Penny Arcade by Paul Messis
5/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 19 August 2014
Paul Messis does that 60s thing. He's got da fuzz, he's got da tremelo, he's probably got a Rickenbacker, his buddy plays pretty good, fast, psyche drums and he's definitely got a Byrds record or two at home. The intro to 'Nightmares' begins with the first few notes of 'Eight Miles High' before veering off into not-getting-sued territory by changing the notes a little bit. The track is pretty decent to be honest but Messis can't hold a note to save his life. Cold i know...but true.
Flip it and 'Penny Arcade' delivers a folksier affair (complete with Dylan-esque harmonica bits) in keeping with earlier Byrds material and has strangely familiar melody...I'm thinking The Stone Roses? Not sure. His singing certainly has a lot in common with our Ian's.
People might say this is reminicent of a lost tune you might find on Nuggets. I'd like to think Jac Holzman would have spared us.
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