Medistation is Eric Strand from Swedish band The Orange Revival. The self-titled EP ploughs the noise pop and alt. rock furrows conjuring up something Alan McGhee would have loved to sign to Creation. We’re talking The Jesus and Mary Chain, early Primal Scream and Spiritualized. Jake Garcia of The Black Angels and Cobian Modeste from The Buttertones make guest appearances. 5-track 12” EP on Fuzz Club.
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According to older, wiser Norman sources, Fuzz Club are effectively ploughing their trade as a Creation Records tribute label here. I barely know what that means, but I’m inclined to believe it has something to do with Medistation making a kind of noise music entrenched in alt-rawk melodis and Ride-ian shoegaze. If you’re after something a little more streamlined for the FC section of your record shelf, this is it: an EP that uses light patches of distortion to anchor rock songs moving idly with the wind.
For me, the record starts earning its stripes on “I Never Knew”, a fuzz pop song trying its best to speak country slang, brought forward acoustic strums and booming twang. The whispered vocals cast over the song, extremely quiet but deafeningly loud -- the way shoegaze frontmen who still want to be the life of the party do it. Muffled but massive, they continue into other areas of gleeful cornball, offering the lick-heavy “The World is Weeping”, where the band take the opportunity to do sly, twinkling riffs and plenty of snarling over a tightly wound, snidely chugged rhythm.
No doubt this record will take legions of fuzz heads back to their lovely ‘90s existence which was the only time worth having ever, the way they talk about it, but there’s plenty to enjoy on its own terms here: the more serene moments of this record are simply lovely, should you choose to give in and let them go cheesy. “Anything For You” may be one of the most embarrassing things I’ve heard this year, but it’s also one of the most beautiful, a lovely picking pattern embedded like a half-finished weave, with extra distorted guitars and synths creating something halfway between lullaby and anthem.
Just lovely. By the way, the dude from the Orange Revival is on this record. Probably should've mentioned. It's early.
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