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  War Sucks  
  Mind Expansion Records  
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  Indoor Miner  

War Sucks sees the return of former Spacemen 3 man Pete Kember AKA Sonic Boom and according to the blurb, it "covers the whole gamut of Spectrum's unique & influential take on Pop, Psychedelia, Rock & Experimental formats." Of course, this would depend greatly on how liberal your definition of pop is and whether you think that making records that sound not unlike the ones you made twenty odd years is ago is "experimental" or not. If you were a fan of Spacemen 3, however, I'd say that this EP is pretty much essential.

First up we get the title track, a heavily percussive six minute take on an old Red Crayola track with some inspired, deranged psychedelic organ playing in the distance. The instrumental Razzle-Dazzle Mind is next up and is undoubtedly the killer track for me, with its Stooges-like riff and a real pounding beat. It's not a million miles away from the Spacemen's Revolution, but it's fabulous all the same. Apparently a vocal version is expected for the new LP, which really is something to look forward to.

Walking & Falling is a virtually unrecognisable cover of a Laurie Anderson spoken piece, which throbs and pulsates its way beautifully into Over & Over, another excellent track, albeit one which brings to mind several numbers on Spacemen 3's Playing With Fire.

So not much in the way of new ground, but then I don't think too many folk are going to be too surprised by that. Kember does what he does, and War Sucks finds him doing it very well indeed.

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