Life-Affirming Fuzz From Above
Flying Saucer Attack inspire the sort of devotion from their fans that makes them more of a cult than a band. Its rare that I meet anybody whos heard of them but whenever I do, we speak about them with reverence. They are a truly special band. I first encountered them while nursing a broken heart and living in a flat in Camden, Bath in 1995. It was love at first listen.Ima sucker for feedback and FSA main man David Pearce had that rare talent of being able to transform sheets of squalling white noise intosomething beautiful.With Movietones Rachel Brook (Pearces girlfriend at the time) on bass, FSAs self-titled debut album was released in 1993. It was sub-titled Rural Psychedelia and there isdefinitely something agricultural about the unrefined distortion of the compositions.Unlike Kevin Shields, Pearce didnt attempt tohone or control thefeedback, he just let it rip. Maybe this was born of necessity (most of the early FSA material was recorded on a four-track) but it is stillbrave to choose to deliver your musical vision in such an abrasive way. If you strip away all the feedback on Wish there is a fragile, spectral folk song at the core. Its like Nick Drake collaborating with Spacemen 3. But Pearce was no one trick pony. Matt Elliot of Third Eye Foundation played percussion on early FSA material and his tribal bongos underpin Pearces haunting ambience on Popol Vuh 1 – a hypnotic tribute to the cult krautrockers. The album had a profound affect on me. I found the billowing gusts of extreme noise strangely soothing as I wallowed in my misery, chain-smoking and staring out of my bedroom window to the hills on the outskirts of the city. Id lost one love but found another.
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