Saturday, February 6, 2010

Monster Island - From the Michigan Floor,LP,1997,USA



Following my post ages ago of their LP Dream Tiger, here's their 1st. one.Folk psychedelic tunes with eastern influences...dreamy!
"Cary Loren, founding member of seminal '70s anti-rock outfit Destroy All Monsters (which, at one point, included former Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and former MC5 bassist Michael Davis), emerges on this 1998 release showing his psychedelic roots. From the Michigan Floor is a period piece, and the period, stylistically, is somewhere between 1967 and 1970. Full-fledged psychedelic revivalism going on here, bathed in sitars, bells, vague religious musings, and even a reference to the Kent State shootings. Beginning with "Lady of Shalot" (adapted from a Tennyson poem), Loren's acoustic guitar and gruff vocal delivery (which sounds almost identical to Giant Sand's Howe Gelb) weave through 11 songs about death, Jesus, war, magic mirrors, and Japanese movie monsters with such conviction that it doesn't take much suspension of disbelief to imagine this album is some lost psych-rock gem. The warm production of Warren Defever (from His Name is Alive) helps matters, as does the sitar playing of Outrageous Cherry member Matt Smith, who appears almost throughout the album. Erika Hoffman of Godzuki is also featured prominently, singing and playing violin and bells. Highlights include the ironic "Happy Girl," sung by Hoffman in a Nico-esque deadpan accompanied by head-bobbing handclaps and shakers, and the following track, "Blue Revolution (Yves Klein)," which somehow makes lyrics like "the void shot out a flame from the heart of the earth" make sense. Overall, the album is pretty mellow and subtle; no fuzz guitar freakouts really. Rather, Loren chooses to explore the folkier side of psych with From the Michigan Floor. Similar in tone to albums by other latter-day psych revivalists like Bardo Pond, In Gowan Ring, and Bent Leg Fatima.
Jason Nickey, All Music Guide"
get it here

6 comments:

The Bomber said...

nice...lets hear

John said...

aahh... nice thing you got going on here~*

Anonymous said...

awesome... cool psychout flower-child vibes!! purchase the LP or CD here: http://thebookbeat.com/

Anonymous said...

At the time I saw Destroy All Monsters (late '78)live, there was nothing "anti-rock," whatever that means, about them (be advised that I believe labels to describe music are a lazy way out). It was definitely a basic MC5/Stooges hybrid punk band, heavy and powerful and occasionally funny. Those who did not see them, and that appears to be most of you folks, often seem to go by the arty Cary Loren stuff, but weirdly avoid describing the late-'70s band, who rocked mightily. They basically then evolved into Dark Carnival, who had a run for quite a while. I taped a DC show, still not in digital format, in the early '90s, and have access to more that you won't find online. And how about a profile on the fabulous Algebra Mothers???

Mr Floydsack said...

thanks :)

Mr Floydsack said...

thanks :)