I suppose that the absence of any considerations apart from trying to make the best noise they can is what makes this music tick.
Now this demo is great, it’s really urgent music; even if I do wonder if Blind Television can exist outside of their own precocious little bubble. That’s often the point though; great music does live in its own moment and for us to deny the moment would be to forsake the magic. I’m reliably informed that the band members in Blind Television come from the middle of nowhere in Sweden and are all in their teens. To believe that the three tracks they’ve made - brimming with power and determination - is the work of a bunch of malcontent teens takes some doing. It’s something about the confidence in the vocal flourishes in Mario Savio – which now and again sound like The Pretty Things in their psych rock pomp. There’s a feel of those 70’s acts that took Barrett seriously like The Soft Boys.
Aside from Mario Savio, there are 2 other tracks - A Lot of People Think A Lot of Things is a tremolo-led stomp with some kind of mumbling vocal – it’s great because it sounds totally committed and utterly lost pretty much at the same time. Suburban Behaviour is a rant over a driving riff. It’s like a dreadfully undercooked Sabbath demo.
They do feel like they were recorded in the middle of nowhere, and I suppose that the absence of any considerations apart from trying to make the best noise they can is what makes this music tick. So it’s a funny little demo release, a non-story, maybe a stillborn sound… but one that I’m currently enjoying a lot.
I have no idea whether anyone will share my enthusiasm for this. Nor do I care.