Bands like Medicine remind me of the glory days of CD Warehouse. Â Don’t get me wrong, I love 1) vinyl, and 2) the internet’s accessibility, but there was something extra romantic about going into CD Warehouse with the thrill of the hunt, stumbling into bands you’d never heard of in the $3.99 bin.
Medicine was one of those happy accidents for me. Â I’d heard of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, but the rest of the shoegazers fell by the wayside until way later in my life. Â Their 1992 album “Shot Forth Self Living” was the album that I found collecting dust by 17 copies of No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom”, and once I brought it home…I couldn’t put it down for weeks. Â Beautiful noise it was.
Here is Medicine 18 years later…with a new album! Â To me, this is as cool as when “MBV” was released back in February. Â Okay, almost as cool.
Check out the entire album below, and then buy it for the low price of $13.
First 300 copies for sale on the site have Orange vinyl!
Eighteen years after they called it quits as a working band, 2013 finds the original members of Medicine reunited and proudly offering a newly recorded LP on Captured Tracks. â€śTo The Happy Fewâ€ť is the sound of a highly inspired group reclaiming its creative legacy, thoroughly immersed in the practice of mixing harsh noise with obsessive melodic detail and heavily groovy rocking. Returning is the core trio of lead singer/ chanteuse Beth Thompson, guitarist / vocalist Brad Laner, and drummer Jim Goodall, the same team which created the still vital, influential and controversial LPs â€śShot Forth Self Livingâ€ť (1992) , â€śThe Buried Lifeâ€ť (1993) and â€śHer Highnessâ€ť (1995) as well as a stand-out appearance in the 1994 film â€śThe Crowâ€ť.
As it happens, itâ€™s really all the fault of Captured Tracks. In 2012 C/T pulled off the seemingly impossible and secured the rights to reissue the aforementioned two original Medicine LPs in loving and expanded fashion. This was a rather emotional moment for the original band members. So much so that upon meeting up at Bradâ€™s home studio in May 2012 for the first time since 1995 in order to divide up the vinyl goodies and ultra-limited box sets, the trio laid down the basic track for what became the final song on the new LP. Emboldened by the natural ease with which they slipped back into Medicine mode, the trio spent the remainder of the year leisurely recording the new LP and enjoying each otherâ€™s company far removed from the stress and turmoil of their original early 90â€˛s run. The resulting LP is not your parentâ€™s Shoegaze record. The sonic palette and the hands, feet and mouths that utilize it may be the same, but the end result more subtly reflects the amassed life experiences and refined aesthetics of three mature artists only just now approaching the peak of their powers.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive