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“We don’t want people to be able to hear each other after they have heard Negative Pegasus. We want them to be without any of their sense and to be completely out of their minds” – Todd Jordan

After a period of dedicated to folk, I enjoy also exploring the wide range of “under the radar” English bands.
A newly formed band with a debut album, with the recommendations of NME, and The 405, it’s the Brighton trio, Negative Pegasus.
 

With the debut 'Looming' the band push to the extreme the current trends: reverb, distortion, that calls itself shoegaze and is known as psychedelic. Don’t get me wrong, this is an experiment in pushing to the extreme.
 
“We don’t want people to be able to hear each other after they have heard Negative Pegasus. We want them to be without any of their sense and to be completely out of their minds” – Todd Jordan
 
An album recorded in 17 hours in an abandoned factory can only bring interesting results. The bass sounds, improvisation and acidic environment [by which I think the reviewer means LSD – translation note] and in great effect and are given new life, making them my favourite DIY band in the world at the moment; a mixture of new wave, postpunk and shoegaze.
 
Then adding the guitar recalling the garage rock of the strokes, then breaking the tension with a vagueness of doom ("Ottoman Silver", "A Single Fuck") they fly through the first side of the disc.

They are an amalgam of protopunk ("The Black Thigh") shoegaze ("Floating Omen") and psychedelic jams that can at first seem as though they are “too much of a stretch” (if you grant me the loanword), but the way "Psychic Energy" demonstates turns the incoherent chaos of their instruments into a moment of genius is their saving grace, and this time lives up to the hype.

 

by Fabiana Electra Giovanetti

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