Radar Men From The Moon are, not entirely surprisingly, a space-rock band, travellers on psychedelic lunar pathways. With lots of distortion and riffs.. On debut Subversive I they keep it instrumental, to let the power of the band’s sound really fly unimpeded Just 500 copies of this 12” out there, released by Fuzz Club.
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You stumble into this record thinking it’s an EP, but what’s the word I’m looking for here, “lol”. Nope. Radar Men From The Moon are scoping out the sky in search of space, crafting longform tunes that assemble endless psychedelic suites of music: “Neon” alone goes from a flatlining rhythmic pulse to a shredded jam based in the same frame of repetition, climaxing slowly by overlaying more guitars, more synths, more drums, more universe. The band’s ideas are sparse but crucial, showing them off as excellent builders of way-easy structures; importantly, though, is their love of detailed bait and switch, the way they suddenly switch tone or let a melody burst open, as on the sparkly end-game riffs of “Neon”.
Bless these dudes for making ‘Subersive 1’ sound weirdly like psych’s answer to goth music: the guitars are often cooked up smoky and doomed, as if random person with baritone is about to jump on the mic (they never do). “Hacienda” seems to coalesce these gloomy atmospherics with the heavy, stoned out adulations of the Heads, while “Deconstruction” is jaunty and hypnotic in its grooves but has tones to dispirit the Cure. So… a record of grinding repetition that sounds like it’s tearing out of its body in two different directions. Okay.
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