A self-described "1982 Wormtown vault extraction", released as a 12" vinyl 45rpm EP by Fixed Identity and as a digital release by the band.
30 years after The Prefabs' humble-yet-brash beginnings, the release features 8 newly Jay Rajeck-remastered songs from the Prefab' shoebox tape archives (Jay has also done mastering for Ariel Pink, Martin Newell, etc).
As well as having two Bobb Trimble-produced tracks, 'Peace Love & Alienation' contains live cuts, a reverb-soaked Casiotone doom-pop nugget ("Sacred Cow"), a living room ethno-forgery excerpt ("Rice 4 a Sheik"), and a screwy dub-punk experiment ("Prefab City Dub").
The impressive 12" vinyl package features a foldout zine insert with archival show flyers, art, writings, etc.
Cobbwebbed-basement mystery surrounds this early-80s Worcester MA combo that dared (if they were even aware of it) to infuse proto-lo-fi post-punk clatter with drizzles of off-kilter psych and lashings of left-field garage-pop melodicism -- all informed by an attitude combining cryptic social digs, bone-dry wit and Dadaist pranksterism. Anthology Recordings (a one-time digital retailer of rare/collectible music) declared that The Prefab Messiahs "manage to perfectly execute the difficult joining of punk, psych, and garage." Some have waxed less analytically, too: in psych-legend Bobb Trimble's song 'Armour of the Shroud', he wrote 'Well the Rolling Stones come to town / don't throw the Prefab Messiahs out of bounds / God save those dreamers / they're all that's left sometimes." As it turns out, Mr. Trimble produced two songs here: "The 16th Track" and "Desperately Happy", adding backwards bass and real blows against Satan to the former.
Xerox Feinberg - gtr, voc, VL-1
Doc Michaud - gtr, voc, VL-1
Trip Thompson - bass, voc
Billy Brahm - drums on 2 (middle), 7
Tony Serrato - drums on 2 (start/end), 5, 6, 8
Egg Al - spoken intro on 1, voc/perc on 4, gen'l mania
Jeff Lipton - 1998 transfer & restoration
Joe Turner - 2010 additional engineering
Jay Rajeck - 2011 mastering
Kris Thompson - project & mastering supervision
Bobb Trimble - producer on 5 & 8, tone generator + backwards bass + scripture on 8, guru, pied piper
Taylor Richardson - graphics coordination
Fixed Identity - LP format release