Unlike their comparatively peaceful recordings, the live Flying Saucer Attack were a racket of trebly guitars and visceral improvised semi-compositions ensuring that live attempts were often a mess/inspired often at the same time. This live document is a rare chance to hear the beast in action and for this special 2LP vinyl edition comes with a bonus Jim O'Rourke re-work of some of the material.
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Flying Saucer Attack novice, right here: Clint just thought it’d be funny to see me squirm through an exposition of a band he knows things about. As far as I can understand, this Bristol lot made relatively peaceful and utterly scenic fuzz music as a studio band, doing the space rock thing with come-in-peace aplomb. In some live iterations, though, things went south of space and they delivered a droning racket -- ‘In Search of Spaces’, culled from various gritty live recordings in the early ‘90s, is testament to their more viscerally motivated side.
It sounds great and full of what I imagine are many of the bands hallmarks -- while it whines, grinds and simmers, the folksy influences remain front and centre, with strums meeting a psychedelic wall of wah or a dense fog of percussion. There’s beauty in the noise, because Flying Saucer Attack could never do one without the other (so I presume): a lovely melody or a matter-of-fact bassline will punch through the distorted miasma, if only to fall behind again, offering the band’s cosy arm before withdrawing it again.
It feels like Flying Saucer Attack’s noise pop has been replicated through and through in the modern era, with bands like Dirty Beaches, Rangers et al getting a whiff of what can be done with a groove and a box of noise toys. ‘In Search of Spaces’ might not be the best example of the band, but it is a thrilling and often just as lovely version of their classic outer-world noodling.
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