Posted in music | tour dates on June 8, 2012

DOWNLOAD: The Prefab Messiahs - "Franz Kafka" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Prefab Messiahs - "Prefab Sun" (MP3)

by Andrew Sacher

Bobb Trimble (not a recent photo)
Bobb Trimble

Psychedelic cult enthusiasts take note! Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders and The Prefab Messiahs kicked off a short tour together this week and it comes to NYC for a show TONIGHT (6/8) at Death by Audio with Weyes Blood & the Dark Juices and Spectre Folk. Doors are at 8 PM. The flier for tonight's show is below.

If you aren't familiar with Bobb Trimble, he released two psychedelic folk full lengths in the early '80s which garnered little to no recognition but have since gained a cult following. Ariel Pink and Thurston Moore are fans of Bobb and his material has seen recent reissues from a number of labels including Secretly Canadian and Mexican Summer. You can stream some tracks below.

Meanwhile, The Prefab Messiahs may be even less known than Bobb. They're from the same Worcester "Wormtown" scene of the early '80s and Bobb's produced some of their material. While Bobb was crafting gentle loner folk, The Prefab Messiahs were more interested in the post-punk scene that had been going on at the time, though they bring in a strong influence from '60s psych/garage rockers like 13th Floor Elevators and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

The Prefab Messiahs didn't actually manage to release anything during their short span as a band (1981-1983) but their material finally saw a release on a 1998 anthology CD-R titled Devolver. In 2011 we got more from the vaults; the "Franz Kafka/Prefab Sun" 7" on Almost Ready Records, and the Peace, Love, & Alienation compilation on Fixed Identity, which was remastered by Jay Rajeck, who has also worked with Ariel Pink. The band have reunited a few times in the past, and are back this year for their 30th anniversary. Stream some tracks from the 2011 reissues below and download a couple above.

Weyes Blood
Weyes Blood

While seeing two "lost legends" on one bill should be enough, if you're going to the Death by Audio show tonight, be sure to get there early for the openers. Spectre Folk (who count Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley as a member) are on the bill and Weyes Blood, along with her band The Dark Juices are playing as well.

Weyes Blood (aka Natlie Mering, who was a member of Jackie-O Motherfucker) has a few releases under her belt, having most recently put out The Outside Room in 2011 via Not Not Fun. It's a dark, creeping psych folk album that probably wouldn't exist if guys like Bobb Trimble hadn't helped lay the groundwork for this type of music. It's pretty great, and her set tonight is definitely worth showing up for. Stream the track "Romneydale" from The Outside Room below.

A list of all dates, song streams, and some videos below...

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The Prefab Messiahs w/ Bobb Trimble - "Franz Kafka" in 2008

Bobb Trimble - "Armour of the Shroud"

Bobb Trimble - "When the Raven Calls"

The Prefab Messiahs - "The 16th Track"

The Prefab Messiahs - "Don't Go to the Party"

The Prefab Messiahs - "Franz Kafka"

The Prefab Messiahs - "Prefab Sun"

Weyes Blood - "Romneydale"

Bobb Trimble

Prefab Messiahs

Bobb Trimble/The Prefab Messiahs -- 2012 Tour Dates
6/8 Brooklyn NY - Death By Audio w/ Spectre Folk, Weyes Blood
6/9 Worcester MA - The Firehouse w/ Secret Lover

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Comments (14)

YTIN.ASNIL DOES NOT APPROVE. This guy is way too soft to be holding any gun.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 1:56 PM

Maybe a woman's .22, at best.

YTIN.ASNIL LIVES.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 1:57 PM

No H in Worcester. Except maybe at the end of Woostah.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 2:19 PM

god BV commenters really are the worst

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 2:19 PM

Nice Phil Spector impersonation there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 2:51 PM

Show YTINA.SNIL praise.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 3:04 PM

THIS LOOKS SHOPPED. I CAN TELL FROM SOME OF THE PIXELS AND FROM SEEING QUITE A FEW SHOPS IN MY TIME

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 3:30 PM

of course it's shopped, it's a publicity shot.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 3:45 PM

wow... terrible... if Hawkwind ran an abortion clinic for shit psych-rock bands that never made it, Bobb Trimble and The Prefab Messiahs would be first in line

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 3:22 AM

uh, 2:19a, worcester is known as a crack town, but there is also lots of H.
2:19b, go to Syria and see if you still feel that way

Posted by d boy | June 9, 2012 4:32 AM

machine gun in one hand guitar in the other, bizarre.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 8:44 AM

what does YTIN.ASNIL mean? i'm 12.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 1:40 PM

He would look better if he was holding a giant pita triangle up in the air instead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 9:48 PM

Who the fuck is this cracker clown shit, and why is he pretending to have been in any way noteworthy from 45 years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 8:50 AM

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