Album Review

Prisoners Go Go Band – “Live At The Butchery With Special Guests On Fire” – [S-S Records]

surferrosa   11/8/2011   12-inch, A Library

Prisoners Go Go Band has only one record and this is it. It was created during the early 1980s in South Africa, under apartheid and culturally conservative society, where punk and alternative music recieved little attention. This band has three members, one white guy and two South African Indians. Ther music here is interesting, largely imporvised and varying in styles and track lengths. To quote from the liner notes: “We would come in and plug in, and play. We would just mess around untill a sound or riff or some element emerged that seemed to generate its own logic, and we went with it. We would leave the tapes running, and we got hours of these esperiments doun on tape. Eventually, we put together collages (the four ‘units on the lp’)” This is pretty much exactly what this record sounds like. With influnces like Can, Red Crayloa and Derek Bailey, you can certainly hear echoes ofpsych and musical experimentation here. The music is lo-fi, gritty and often times minimalist with a touch of electronic sound. Some tracks are more abstract than others, a few have a more jammy, rock feel (last track on Side A and second track?? on side B which is followed by a cool drum break). Mostly instrumental, though there are a few vocal tracks. Apparently, this record has not been heard by many. It is a limited pressing issued by the band, it got no radio airplay was never sold in any record?? stores. Originally, these guys just gave/sold pressings of this record to their friends. What we have here is a reissue. Make note: there seems to be a pretty vague correlation between the tracks marked on the back cover and the actual breaks on the record. This record is?? a bit different and uite delightful. I believe it may appeal to a variey of tastes. There is some really great information in the liner notes inside, check it out for more insight. -Surfer Rosa

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