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1 Jan 2017

Major Stars "The Rock Revival" 1998 US Psych Rock








Major Stars  "The Rock Revival" 1998 US Psych Rock
The band name and album title are only partially ironic. On their previous releases as Crystalized Movements, and then as half of the Magic Hour with Damon & Naomi and part of the jam band Vermonster (probably the best band ever named after a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream concoction), Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar were just as likely to lean toward the spacy-floaty side of psychedelic guitar rock as not. The Rock Revival, however, is entirely true to its name: These four extended tracks are full-on hard rock jams, featuring extended skronky guitar solos, wah-wah-inflected Hendrix-ian guitar solos, piercing metallic guitar solos, and what-on-earth-is-that-noise guitar solos, occasionally all at the same time. Drummer Tom Leonard (Luxurious Bags) and bassist Dave Lynch (Vermonster) stick to the pummeling rhythms, leaving the rest of the sonic field open to Rogers and Biggar to freak out in to their hearts’ delight. The over the top 17-minute climax, “The Deep End,” is a must-hear for any fans of extended psychedelic guitar duels, but the entire album will appeal to anyone with fond memories of Blue Cheer, Television, or the Bevis Frond….by Stewart Mason…allmusic…….. 


“Major Stars, men (and woman) who have made many records, up the pile one more with The Rock Revival. Guitarists Wayne & Kate come to Major Stars straight from Magic Hour, whose quick ascent from snarly West Coast-influenced rock band to all instrumental thugs brought many a tear To helpless Galaxie 500 fans. Bassist Tom Leonard has been at one time or another a member of every non-Magic Twisted Village ensemble, and Dave laid down the big beat in Vermonster. Now that these four have reconvened, they are taking their LOUD polystructural ROCK to the people. The Rock Revival consists of four songs. The first, ‘Rock Revival Theme,’ is a purely free bit of tape captured at one of their bi-weekly recording sessions. 'On’ follows, a lovely little tune that then gets masterfully deconstructed for 13+ minutes. 'Strange Reaction’ is the token short song that sets up the epic 'Deep End,’ their live instrumental tour-de-force. Throughout the disc they jump in and out of structure and freedom like no other post-Isle Of Wight rock ensemble can. And they’re that loud. Really. Go see them fuck up the upcoming Terrastock in SF.”…… 

Biography: 
Mixing musical improvisation and trends jam band (my note: improvisation and jam seem to sound redundant … but, finally , is given in the original text) with hard rock psychedelic traits, Major Stars was formed at the end 90s by the action of several veterans of the Boston music scene. The singer and guitarist Wayne Rogers, guitarist Kate Biggar (also known as Kate Village), bassist Tom Leonard and drummer Dave Lynch formed the original lineup of the band, who released their first album, “Rock Revival” in 1998 by label Twisted Village. This was followed by “Space / Time” in 1999, and the group spent the subsequent two years recording their third album, “Distant Effects”. 

The album appeared in 2002 by the label Squealer Music, Virginia; the same year, Major Stars toured alongside Acid Mothers Temple, opening the shows of Japanese band, and performed at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The tour ended in May 2003, and the band, immediately, set up camp to New York aiming to record their fourth album, aptly titled “4”. However, personnel changes soon plagued the group. At the time of the release of “4” (spring 2005), Major Stars had lost a member (Lynch) and won three other (drummer Casey Keenan, bassist Dave Dougan and vocalist Sandra Barrett), and Tom Leonard exchanged the down the guitar. The group went on as a sextet, releasing “Syntoptikon” in 2006 and “Mirror / Messenger” in 2007. In 2010, Major Stars edited his seventh album, “Return to Form”, the label Drag City (Alex Henderson)………. 

“Major Stars, men (and woman) who have made many records, up the pile one more with The Rock Revival. Guitarists Wayne & Kate come to Major Stars straight from Magic Hour, whose quick ascent from snarly West Coast-influenced rock band to all instrumental thugs brought many a tear To helpless Galaxie 500 fans. Bassist Tom Leonard has been at one time or another a member of every non-Magic Twisted Village ensemble, and Dave laid down the big beat in Vermonster. Now that these four have reconvened, they are taking their LOUD polystructural ROCK to the people. The Rock Revival consists of four songs. The first, Rock Revival Theme, is a purely free bit of tape captured at one of their bi-weekly recording sessions. On follows, a lovely little tune that then gets masterfully deconstructed for 13+ minutes. Strange Reaction is the token short song that sets up the epic Deep End, their live instrumental tour-de-force. Throughout the disc they jump in and out of structure and freedom like no other post-Isle Of Wight rock ensemble can. And theyre that loud. Really. Go see them fuck up the upcoming Terrastock in SF.”-Twisted Village….. 

Credits 
Bass – Tom Leonard 
Drums – Dave Lynch* 
Guitar – Kate Biggar 
Guitar, Vocals – Wayne Rogers 

Tracklist 
A1 Rock Revival Theme 7:16 
A2 On 11:51 
B1 Strange Reaction 4:17 
B2 Deep End 16:46 

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