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Everyone seemed to go crazy for Deserter's Songs and All Is Dream, and they're very good but does anyone else think Yerself Is Steam and See You On The Other Side are cast iron classics?

Shane Murphy, Tuesday, 2 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Car Wash Hair, Chasing A Bee and Frittering are all classic, classic tunes. Apparently a few songs from Deserter's Songs were actually written around the same time as Yerself...

Haven't heard all of Boces but I love Bronx Cheer.

electric sound of jim, Tuesday, 2 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Dont know much about their albums but I did see them back in 92/93? opening for My Bloody Valentine and just recently saw them a couple months ago (January, I think). I remember enjoying the show from 9 yrs back more.

cash lone, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

OLD! they are a band that lends well to this dichotomy. yrself is steam, boces and see you on the other side are all great, deserters songs is turgid crap, i cannot even bear to try all is dream out, after the disappointment of hearing deserters song for the first time (and i did try to like that album, i really did)

gareth, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Interesting that See You On The Other Side (probably the only really great record they made or ever will make) is now considered "old".

Ian, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

i consider see you on the other side as old on subjective/personal criteria really, i always have, because i bought it when it came out (as i did with the previous 2) and loved it straight away. i bought deserters song when it came out, and i have never warmed to it, so i see the break between the 2 there. i suppose from a more objective format see you on the other side would be considered late period or, more likely, a bridge between the 2, what with it being post-baker and all.

also, the 95 shows still had the intensity and invention and the sets spread across the 3 albums, the 98 onwards shows were rocky and proper, the focus was more classicist, there were more covers of 'classic rock', much of the band (on the uk shows) were absent (no suzanne etc). i felt the break to be here, instinctively - there was also that "we've survived the drugs and the madness" type thing that makes bands dull and survivoresque

gareth, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Jim - i must admit Bronx Cheer is the only Boces track i bother with. And SYOTOS is the only Rev album I listen to in it's entirety.

Nowadays I wish he'd just sing in a normal range more often - that strangled cat falsetto shtick gets right on my tits.

dan, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Old. Still play 'Yerself is Steam' more than the rest put together. That intensity must have been impossible to sustain without mental/narcotic damage but my how bright they burned, espec live.

stevo, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

See You On the Other Side is among the best albums I have for a sunny day of drinking OR driving. I've not listened to it in about a year but I'm digging it out when I go home. It's a shitty battered up tape version of it.

Ronan, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Both. I think all of their albums are great, for different reasons.

hstencil, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

old Mercury Rev = w/David Baker = good
new Mercury Rev = w/out David Baker = mediocre

o. nate, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Frittering" seconded

Paul, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

If there's One Thing I Can't Stand, It's UP!!! -Classic line. -Car Wash Hair is one of my favorites along with chasing a bee too. I also dig Boces. I haven't listened to any of the new stuff, because I haven't listened to them in about 8 years, but I really loved them at one time. Now I have to go spend more money on records.

Deadman, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Ah "Frittering," glorious wonderful beautiful "Frittering." That whole album, actually. I picked up one of the immediately-out-of-print original Rough Trade versions of the album in late 1991 and rapidly grew obsessed with the band, especially since nobody but nobody knew who they were over here at the time. Mm, good memories. There's a reason I rant about the album here -- but I like later Rev too, really.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Ned's fine entry on 'Yrself is Steam' convinced me to track down the CD some months back, and boy is it ever incredible. I can't believe how much gorgeous noise they pile onto the first track alone! Just when you think it couldn't possibly get any louder, the sky tears open, but it's not a "fuck-you" move - it's beautiful.

Clarke B., Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I like 'em straight through, altho the Deserter's Songs schtick didn't really deserve/need a sequel. I used to start off my college radio show to "Syringe Mouth."

bnw, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I loved tht first album when it came out but I haven't played it in full since 92. They recorded it on film tape apparently which gave it that other worldly trademark sound. For me though, their one moment of pure Godlike genius is "Downs Are Feminine Balloons" from Boces. One of the most emotional sounding songs of the past 10 years.

David Gunnip, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Old Mercury Rev or new Mercury Rev? Why not both? Yerself is steam, see you on the other side and deserters songs are all cast iron classics, and All is Dream is pretty darn good too. Wish the rev added more old numbers to their set though. Saw them at the ambassador dublin and all we got from their pre-deserters stuff was frittering and car wash hair. Not a note from SYOTOS! They should add Coney Island Cyclone, Empire State and Sudden Ray of Hope. Very Sleepy Rivers would be cool, but not the same without David Baker

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

eight months pass...
I never got into Deserter's Songs and i just (woefully and reluctantly) premiered All Is Dream last night -- they have so much less style without David Baker. Hell, Baker's semi-solo Shady World had better stuff on it than either of the last Rev albums.

Lego My Ego.

christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 18 December 2002 19:37 (nineteen years ago) link

I still think "BOCES" is their best, and have no idea why fans hate it. (I can understand why the band hates it, given all the personal shit going down at the time.)

donut bitch (donut), Wednesday, 18 December 2002 20:17 (nineteen years ago) link

i side with everybody finding at least some merit with both 'old' and 'new' Rev
love Deserters Songs too; though the only time i saw them live was when Boces was still new and Baker was with the band -- superb musical mayhem on stage, from the off -- to which the simultaneous ending of Asia's(!) gig on the neighbouring festival stage lent additionan'n'unbounded strangeness for 15 minutes
...and then the no less maindboggling press conference of Rev's afterwards -- at 2 o'clock at night! (dunno whether my tape with Baker's - surprisingly coherent - wordstream is still on a shelf somewhere)

t\'\'t (t''t), Wednesday, 18 December 2002 22:40 (nineteen years ago) link

Boces is one of my favoutite albums of all time- "Boys Peel Out" is a beautiful, beautiful song, a blueprint for a new genre of music that has yet to be followed.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 19 December 2002 07:33 (nineteen years ago) link

Another one for old AND new.

'Yerself is steam' - the sound of the record is great. 'Chasing a bee' really sets the album up.

I think I marginally prefer 'All is dream' to 'Deserters Songs' out of the later stuff - it's just that bit more coherent thematically.

Saw them recently and enjoyed it immensely, but wish I'd seen the earlier incarnation as well.

James Ball (James Ball), Thursday, 19 December 2002 10:30 (nineteen years ago) link

I'll take one album from Old Merc Rev and one from New Merc Rev, please.

I love Yerself is Steam and Deserter's Songs for entirely different reasons, but I find both See You On The Other Side and All Is Dream unbearably cloying and melodramatic.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Thursday, 19 December 2002 12:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Hey, all the stuff on Lego My Ego still sounds great. Thank god.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Friday, 20 February 2004 19:02 (eighteen years ago) link

Just got Grasshopper's solo project (with Suzanne Thorpe in tow) -- for those who long for the Rev's early work, seek this:


christoff (christoff), Friday, 5 March 2004 18:38 (eighteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
Heh, I came to this thread because I am listening to "Frittering" again and...I see I already went on a bit about it. :-) Still one of the finest rock epic songs of its kind recorded -- with perspective I now see it more logically as an extension of Neil Young's late seventies melancholia, but with a different sound and style, majestic and less inclined to solo, more to simply progress forward in a stately downward spiral.

Search out, if you can, the UK single of "Carwash Hair" on CD -- "Carwash Hair" itself, very different and lovely demos of "Chasing a Bee" and "Coney Island Cyclone" and an untitled half-hour noise/collage piece that's surprisingly...well, catchy, almost.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:47 (seventeen years ago) link

i think those are on the 12" single too.

for some reason, no record store in nyc will buy the grasshopper cd from me.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:58 (seventeen years ago) link

my copy of that grasshopper cd was absurdly cheap, too. it's a nice little record i thought

the surface noise (slight return) (electricsound), Friday, 4 February 2005 00:02 (seventeen years ago) link

gotta love SMPTE for the Devil.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 4 February 2005 00:03 (seventeen years ago) link

it was my brother who started this thread, which is its most interesting feature, from my perspective.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Friday, 4 February 2005 00:12 (seventeen years ago) link

six months pass...
I am listening to "Boces" again for the first time in years and I remember why I love it. Noisy messy beautiful chaos.

Trayce (trayce), Sunday, 7 August 2005 10:18 (seventeen years ago) link

And yes yes yes, Bronx Cheer is the happiest messiest coolest song ever.

Trayce (trayce), Sunday, 7 August 2005 10:19 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...

Haha I was going to revive this and I did last time! Oh man. Yes. Boces is awesome. I get it out a few times a year and love the crazy psychrock messy gloriousness of this album. Yrself is Steam, also great.

Trayce, Thursday, 14 June 2007 09:22 (fifteen years ago) link


Boces is amazing, one great final track away from perfection (maaaaan, if it had ended with Frittering)...and Yerself Is Steam is almost as good.

Deserter's Songs is almost unlistenable, barring 'Tonite It Shows'. All Is Dream, fortunately, is a considerable improvement.

What I've heard of SYOTOS is fairly glorious, but I don't actually own it.

Just got offed, Thursday, 14 June 2007 10:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I took me years to realise 'Yerself Is Steam' was a pun, or play on words :(

onimo, Thursday, 14 June 2007 10:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Same here!!! I felt so stupid :(

Trayce, Thursday, 14 June 2007 10:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Now you, go to my Bell Hollow thread~!

Trayce, Thursday, 14 June 2007 10:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd go with Middle-Aged Mercury Rev - "Boces" and "Deserter's Songs" are both completely brilliant. SYOTOS has some serious dud moments, but is redeemed by "Empire State" and "Peaceful Night".

Newest Rev stuff just makes me...sad. I tried listening to "Hello Blackbird" and it sounded like the background music/soundtrack to a book on tape.

I took me years to realise 'Yerself Is Steam' was a pun

I glanced upthread just as I was about to post this, and just had my MIND BLOWN. I feel like an idiot.

cavendish, Thursday, 14 June 2007 13:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't think of another band who, having seen them live, I totally went off almost instantaneously.

"Yerself Is Steam" is the best - the long version with the extra tracks. "Boces" is rubbish except for a few tracks. Never really got into "See You" but I tried listening to it recently and it didn't make too much of an impression. I think you had to be there for "Deserters Songs", it seems to be be pretty much unlistenable to me now. I bought "All Is Dream", played it once and never played it again.

Tom D., Thursday, 14 June 2007 13:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Define "new". I find "Deserter's Songs" their best ever, but that album is now 9 years old and they haven't quite managed to follow it properly.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 14 June 2007 13:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I think you had to be there for "Deserters Songs", it seems to be be pretty much unlistenable to me now.

Could this be true? I find it hard to believe. Loved the record when it came out but havent pulled it out in a year so. Will reassess this weekend.

kwhitehead, Thursday, 14 June 2007 16:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Deserter's Songs is almost unlistenable
UH. Although they pushed it much further out live, which is probably tainting my memories of it. Live it was v. v. good

stet, Thursday, 14 June 2007 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

re: Yerself is Steam

I rocked the Poster Children's "If You See Kay" for several months before "getting it"...

henry s, Thursday, 14 June 2007 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I think you had to be there for "Deserters Songs", it seems to be be pretty much unlistenable to me now.

The problem is, between that and The Soft Bulletin, you can hear what would become ten years of unlistenable, tedious BS on the part eight million bands who heard those albums and thought they were the invention of rock and roll.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 June 2007 16:59 (fifteen years ago) link


Tom D., Thursday, 14 June 2007 17:01 (fifteen years ago) link

So yeah, you had to be there. I heard it right when it came out and loved it, and really have no desire to listen to it ever again. (This said "Goddess on a Hi-Way"'s line about 'we explode like two bugs on glass' is an all time winner.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 June 2007 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah I'm curious about all the Flaming Lips comparisons. Ive listened to Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi and I can kinda hear it I guess.

Trayce, Thursday, 14 June 2007 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

The Flaming Lips connection never held water for me. If anything, new Mercury Rev sound like Supertramp filler tracks.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 14 June 2007 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I have deserters songs and I never listen to it, did they just keep heading off into noodly oblivion?

Trayce, Thursday, 14 June 2007 22:28 (fifteen years ago) link

say what you will about the flaming lips but they never did fully lose their love of noise (it's kinda hard to imagine mercury rev recording a collaboration with lightning bolt at this point), and i'd probably take dippy self-aggrandizement and obnoxious omg wtf lol antics as a way to stay in the spotlight over the rev's slow petering out into "worthy of a two-and-a-half-star review in rolling stone" release pattern/ongoing rep-tarnishing.

let's go do some crimes (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Sunday, 20 January 2013 01:32 (nine years ago) link

what do they even do now?

Cinematic mom pop

horizontal hold, Sunday, 20 January 2013 01:39 (nine years ago) link

Bizarre. I pulled out Boces and played it for the first time in years pretty much at the exact time last night that this revive came up. Oh well - Boces is fantastic. YIS is one of the all time evers - Frittering - my god. I've not heard the 3rd much at all - I know I have it but I've not put much effort in.

There's a lot of strange stuff on Spotify - was there a lot of post - DS albums? Hmm.

kraudive, Sunday, 20 January 2013 01:56 (nine years ago) link

Never heard of this before: http://open.spotify.com/album/3kDihlAmqg2HS9wSAVq0C4

'Separate Lives', by Phil Collins & Marilyn Manson (PaulTMA), Sunday, 20 January 2013 02:13 (nine years ago) link

They have a few obscure releases from the '90s. I know they have a 7" live split with Spiritualized.

horizontal hold, Sunday, 20 January 2013 02:23 (nine years ago) link

their live shows around the deserters period were incredible
otm, the one i saw (late 98?) was outta site.

tylerw, Sunday, 20 January 2013 02:47 (nine years ago) link

"Yerself" doesn't do much for me production-wise-- I'm not a fan of Fridmann in general and that record is especially sonically squashed. Vocals and guitar annoy me, they pop out in this frustratingly intrusive way. I dunno, I've heard rehearsal space recordings from psych bands that sound pound-for-pound deeper and more interesting that this record. I don't think I've ever switched off a record in frustration more often.

I've listened to "Boces" a bunch and I like it!

― friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Sunday, January 20, 2013 1:14 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I did hear that YIS was recorded with no 2 members in the studio at the same time, might be a bit of an exaggeration but I think it was mainly individual overdubs done at different times.
Don't think they'd played live until after that was recorded. something like their 6th gig was a Dylan support or so I heard.
Think they'd all been involved in an art project or something which meant they weren't really a band until after it was recorded. & they picked their name from a Chris Roberts review where the 2 words appeared out of a field of text Exploding Plastic Inevitable style or at least that 's the way I'm remembering reading it at the time they emerged.

Stevolende, Sunday, 20 January 2013 12:10 (nine years ago) link

their live shows around the deserters period were incredible
otm, the one i saw (late 98?) was outta site.

― tylerw, Saturday, January 19, 2013 9:47 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

OTM seconded. Saw them in the summer of '98; "Tonite it Shows" live was a wonder to behold.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:43 (nine years ago) link

I saw them about that time and hated them with a hatred rarely matched before or since... hold on, hwne was "Soft Bulletin"?

Designated Striver (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:48 (nine years ago) link

... 1999, yes so it was around that time because the Flaming Lips were supporting them and absolutely annihilated them

Designated Striver (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:50 (nine years ago) link

@ Stevolende that is very interesting!

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Sunday, 20 January 2013 16:09 (nine years ago) link

something like their 6th gig was a Dylan support or so I heard.

That's true. Here's a quote from David Baker from back in like 1993:

We did play one show with Bob Dylan. I don't think anybody at that show remembers us playing except for the fact that there were six people on the stage making them deaf. It was at Yale University. We played our regular stuff for 2000 people who didn't know we were going to be on. We figured it was the wrong thing to do to play with him because we're not like him. But we figured that it would make sense. The crowd was old and young. It was the young republicans sitting there getting mad, and screaming at me afterwords, yelling 'You fucking shattered my ears' or something. And then this old guy, maybe about 50 years, grabs me and I'm going 'Oh shit, maybe this is big mistake.” But he goes 'That was fucking awesome. I haven't heard anything like that since Hendrix.' So it was the older people, the ones who talked to us, who seemed to like it. The younger ones were saying 'That's not music.'

horizontal hold, Sunday, 20 January 2013 19:03 (nine years ago) link

I just remembered what I think the art project was, think it was films, nature/wildlife films and possibly specifically subaquatic ones.
So the future members of at least the 1st Mercury Rev were a pool, or part of a pool of local musicians doing film soundtracks which is why they were coming in at different times and overdubbing. The films provided the original supposed coherence, if I have the picture right.

Stevolende, Sunday, 20 January 2013 19:33 (nine years ago) link

There was some relationship/collaboration with Tony Conrad too, right? Or am I remembering that wrong?

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:05 (nine years ago) link

'That was fucking awesome. I haven't heard anything like that since Hendrix.' So it was the older people, the ones who talked to us, who seemed to like it. The younger ones were saying 'That's not music.'

This rules.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:06 (nine years ago) link

As much as I like it Deserters' is like half a record, counting up the incidental tracks

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 20 January 2013 21:37 (nine years ago) link

There is something very stilted and dead about all Mercury Rev to me, if you ever loved The Olivia Tremor Control you don't need any of this fucking rinse.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Monday, 21 January 2013 00:20 (nine years ago) link


I like OTC fine but they are way more retro pastiche than Mercury Rev ever was

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 21 January 2013 00:33 (nine years ago) link

Which goes to show that retro pastiche>>>>>standard widely acceptable overproduced retro with cloying pity me schtick.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Monday, 21 January 2013 01:10 (nine years ago) link

Uhhh, wut? Have you actually heard any early Mercury Rev?

emil.y, Monday, 21 January 2013 01:22 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I kind of feel like we've suddenly begun talking about some other band called Mercury Rev. Maybe there were two.

dlp9001, Monday, 21 January 2013 01:33 (nine years ago) link

"Pity me schtick" is not something I've ever associated with (any incarnation of) Mercury Rev.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Monday, 21 January 2013 01:38 (nine years ago) link

Sorry folks I will stay off this thread. I just immensely dislike them and shouldn't even be on here. For what it is worth I bought Yersrelf Is Steam when I was a teenager and hoyed the fucking cassette in the bin after 2 days.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Monday, 21 January 2013 01:42 (nine years ago) link


john. a resident of chicago., Monday, 21 January 2013 03:33 (nine years ago) link

"Pity me schtick" is not something I've ever associated with (any incarnation of) Mercury Rev.

"it's not time for the real live sign, it's not time for these fears of mine" *wall of feedback*

Cunga, Monday, 21 January 2013 04:58 (nine years ago) link

"The Dark is Rising" is some old sad sack down by the river stuff tho. There's that Neil Young influence that's kind of mopey.

Cunga, Monday, 21 January 2013 04:59 (nine years ago) link

I can definitely hear the Neil influence, but I always interpreted the tone of that song as winking/wistful, rather than wallowing.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Monday, 21 January 2013 05:09 (nine years ago) link

Single link argument for BOCES:


ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Monday, 21 January 2013 06:15 (nine years ago) link

"Something For Joey" live from the Phoenix Festival (1993)


ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Monday, 21 January 2013 06:22 (nine years ago) link

David Baker also produced the one and only Comet album "Chandelier Musings" (1996). Here's the closing track from it.


ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Monday, 21 January 2013 06:24 (nine years ago) link

Mercury Rev >>>>> Olivia Tremor Control

horizontal hold, Monday, 21 January 2013 06:54 (nine years ago) link

I once thought that the name of a good box set of early Rev would be: "Emotion Recollected in Insanity"

Cunga, Monday, 21 January 2013 09:04 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

New Mercury Rev...




The Light In You tracklisting:

The Queen Of Swans
You've Gone With So Little For So Long
Central Park East
Emotional Freefall
Coming Up For Air
Autumn's In The Air
Are You Ready?
Moth Light
Rainy Day Record

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 19 June 2015 17:06 (seven years ago) link

was there not a major shake up in the line-up leaving only Grasshopper and JOnathon wassisface as there from Yerself days and everybody else leaving. So the band on See You On The Other Side is still basically the old band, een with Baker having departed and whatever after that as a newer band?

I love the early line up anyway, wish I hadn't lost all the live stuff I'd managed to get hold of by them when a harddrive crashed. Seems way too familiar a story from a couple of years back, lost a load of stuff by several bands that I'd been dying to get before getting it then it vanished overnight.

Do still have the Roskilde 92 thankfully.

Stevolende, Friday, 19 June 2015 21:33 (seven years ago) link

lol self-parody tracklist

this band needs to stop

imago, Friday, 19 June 2015 21:55 (seven years ago) link

I love everything they did from Yerself Is Steam to All Is Dream but this new song is not great. Sounds like something from The Secret Migration. They should have changed things up a bit more. I was hoping this album would be their Embryonic.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 19 June 2015 22:03 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I really, really wanted this to be good but that song has shot down my expectations.

cwkiii, Friday, 19 June 2015 22:56 (seven years ago) link

I love both Yerself Is Steam and Deserters Songs but really dislike everything else they did, kinda feel like those are the only two you need. See You On The Other Side is way tweer than DS. Remember All is Dream being just unlistenably melodramatic and soft focus and never bothered with anything else.

Matt DC, Friday, 19 June 2015 23:56 (seven years ago) link

there's quite a major one missing from that summary

imago, Friday, 19 June 2015 23:58 (seven years ago) link

Boces wasn't really considered major at all the last time I bothered paying much attention to Mercury Rev (about 14 years ago). I remember loving Bronx Cheer and being faintly underwhelmed by the rest and have never really bothered to go back.

The first one is the only one I ever get the urge to play these days, but even then I still really love it.

Matt DC, Saturday, 20 June 2015 00:07 (seven years ago) link

Boces>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>everything else

cwkiii, Saturday, 20 June 2015 04:27 (seven years ago) link

It's really weird to see a band grow and change so much from album to album only to end up at fucking All Is Dream and be like "OK, cool, let's just do this forever."

cwkiii, Saturday, 20 June 2015 04:30 (seven years ago) link

I think All Is Dream is a great album but it would have been nice if they'd developed from that sound. The Secret Migration was such a boring retread of that album. Judging by this new single the new album could well be the same. Maybe the album is more varied. I can't believe after seven years away they thought this was good enough.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 20 June 2015 13:51 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...


PaulTMA, Monday, 3 August 2015 11:57 (seven years ago) link

Was just listening to this. It isn't horrible. At all. I'm not sure what to think.

dlp9001, Monday, 3 August 2015 15:05 (seven years ago) link

The big crashing Coldplay drum pattern was not exactly what I was hoping for. Surely The Secret Migration is not anyone's favourite Rev album? I liked Snowflake Midnight just fine. Probably alone there.

PaulTMA, Thursday, 6 August 2015 12:26 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

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Dancing on the Pylons, Saturday, 15 July 2017 18:17 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Was surprised to see they were playing a small club in my town last week, and despite hating just about everything since All is Dream I got a ticket out of curiosity & nostalgia. And I gotta say they pulled it off, it was pretty good!

I wasnt sure what to expect having never seen them live, I wasnt even sure if it would be just Jonathan & Grasshopper blooping around w/keyboards or what, but it was a 5-piece rock band, heavy on guitars with a few Yerself Is Steam songs and even a tune from Jonathans tenure in the Flaming Lips. Idk how it would have played at a fest or something, probably wouldnt have worked on a big stage, but in a small club to 100 people I was very pleasantly surprised.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 16:36 (one week ago) link

Yeah when I saw them a few years ago for the first time at last, for a Deserter's Songs tour, it was very enjoyable. They've found a niche and it works well for them.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:20 (one week ago) link

I loved teh David Baker years and glad to see taht at least Spotify has a couple of live sets from that era around.
Not seen them in like 29 years apat from on TV. There was a good 3 song set on something in 99 I think on the bBC part of a larger celebration.
Haven't listened to their later stuff much but those first 3 or 4 plus whatever live sets from the time and the mopping up compilations that came out at teh time are all great.

I heard the live set that came with caribou's Swim cd when i bought it in Rough Trade when it was current and it reminded me really heavily of that early era MR. The Caribou Vibration Ensemble, not sure if there is any more of that stuff anywhere that sounds that similar to that set with Marshall Allen cos I think they went through a number of different lineups live but do hear similarities with taht specific set.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:57 (one week ago) link

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