Ex-Prisoners! Medway's best kept secret return with their best album yet!
We've covered The Galileo 7 before - the False Memory Lane LP from 2014 and most recently the Live-O-Graphic Sessions LP from 2016. There was also a storming 7” on State Records - 'One Lie At A Time', limited to 500 copies. If you missed out on the 7” both its A and B-side are included on this latest long-player.
Quick history lesson – Allan Crockford is one of the architects and mainstays of the Medway sound. A founding member of The Prisoners, JTQ, The SolarFlares and The Prime Movers. (I won't go into too much detail, you have Google don't ya?!) Anyway, he's never one to rest on any laurels as latest band The Galileo 7's run of releases shows. It's shaping into a body of work that easily matches the output of his previous bands.
While False Memory Lane played to that line-up's psychedelic strengths, this latest effort sees them go for a more driving freakbeat sound, aided in no small measure by the addition of drummer Mole, a man who plays like he's aided by any number of exhilarants. Though it's more likely sheer talent and ability! He can be heard on the bands previous LP, the “nearly live” Live-O-Graphic Sessions. It's that strain of up-beat mod-rock stomp that's continued into the the band's latest effort Tear Your Minds Wide Open! which is available now on good old vinyl on Damaged Goods Records.
Fans of The Move, The Small Faces, The Who, Blossom Toes, The Creation, The Fleurs de Lys and the like will find much to love here. It's that mod-into-psych sound of 1966 but made now! Crunchy and crashing guitar chords, genuinely memorable melodic songwriting bolstered by organ chords and a truly special rhythm section. Crockford's knack of songwriting shows no sign of diminishing either, he still turns out cracking songs.
I'm a little late to the party with this one, the album came out late last year and quickly sold out its initial vinyl pressing. Thankfully there's a second pressing so you should be able to track down a copy. Go on, you won't be disappointed.
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