Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom

by Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

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The new LP by the Windy City's premier freakrock band Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, "Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom",
was recorded at Minbal Studios (now Jamdek) in Chicago with producer Mark Yoshizumi on the same type of analog tape machine used at Muscle Shoals! Special guests appear like synth-lord Bil Vermette, who's been at it since the 70s (he recorded with the group VCSR, reissued by Permanent Records, and solo on the excellent private "Katha Visions" LP), heavy sax god Bruce Lamont (of Brain Tentacles, Indian, and many more avant-heavy groups ala Relapse recs) , and Whitney "Matchess" Johnson on viola (who records for Trouble in Mind records and was in the psychsters Verma)

Big influences for PCWSyndicate include the heavy/hairy freefest acid rawk sounds ala Edgar Broughton, Pink Fairies, Les Rallizes Denudes, High Rise, and ye olde Stooges for eternity--but a bit more avant-prog/krautrock leaks into the album mix this time, like Van Der Graaf Generator/Sand/Faust invading the lengthy pained epic "No Place," and the serious Guru Guru/Can worship on the spacey groove attack of "Future to the Ancients." Even some post-punky moves penetrate the LP, where Swell Maps, Bauhaus, and Second Layer meet the communal Swedish psych of Harvester/Trad Gras on the ode to youthful drug experimenting, "Wasted All The Time." Bassist Cosmic Jru admits a serious love of "free jazz" ala Alice Coltrane, Alan Silva and Albert Ayler, and damn it, his bandmates are on board for that spiritual experimentation too. Drummer Jose "The Beast" Bernal loves a good hard boogie, ala "the Vast Beyond" and shit, Stonewall, Quo, UFO and Hawkwind are all in our collective unconsicousness.


released November 20, 2017

Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Mark Yoshi

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate is...
Plastic Crimewave (Steve Krakow) - voice / lyrics / guitar / effects
Cosmik Jru - bass guitar
Jose "The Beast" Bernal - drums & cymbals

Special Guests
Bruce Lamont - saxophone
William Vermett - synthesizers
Whitney Johnson - viola


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