Alchemy Records


Destroy The Nations
When In London Sleep At The York Hotel
The Byron Bog
Dog Face Man
Oh Brian Dibb
Destroy The Nations Again


I have given the album a good few listens now and I just have to say it blows me away.  Absolutely incredible.  I listen to a lot of Sonic Youth, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, etc. and I must say I've rarely heard music of the Spasm Band's intensity.  The instrumentation is fantastic--the 'prattavarius' stands out expecially.  I'm a big fan of the crest and valley, ebb and flow approach.  My favourite aspect is the wholly organic nature of the tracks--nothing forced--just pure improvised expression.
There is so much love and violence seething in every sound.  "The Byron Bog" is the stand-out for me--it goes everywhere (no)music should go.  On the whole, I'd say there is far too much art in this album to reduce it to mere rock, but I was far too rocked to just call it art.  Primal fury and sonic exploration at its pinnacle. - Steve McCready