New Release from Swordfish: Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

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Limited edition of 300 copies on coloured vinyl housed in heavy duty 1960′s USA style tip-on sleeve

Chicago’s Plastic Crimewave Syndicate is led by Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow on guitar and vocals, creator of the beloved psychedelic magazine Galactic Zoo Dossier (published by Drag City) and former head of Plastic Crimewave Sound, who toured with Comets on Fire, Acid Mothers Temple, and Oneida – and released several LPs which were acclaimed in the Wire magazine, Mojo, and even by head-druid Julian Cope.

The new Syndicate configuration is filled out by bassist Anjru Kettering, formerly of windy city acid-rawk gods the Great Society Mind Destroyers; Dawn Aquarius on synth, who was part of Herbcraft and Cursillistas, Brainshadows and Oracle Offering; and Jose Bernal, who has pounded the skins for Bionic Cavemen and Dead Feathers as well. PCWSyndicate has opened for Loop, Hawkwind, Keiji Haino, and backed Djin Aquarian of Ya Ho Wa 13, plus played gigs with younger psych acts like Woods, Purling Hiss and Quilt – and toured the USA. Now their debut LP hits on the Birmingham, UK label Swordfish, home to luminaries like Roky Erickson, Acid Mothers Temple and YHW13. Recorded by Brian Sulpizio (Health and Beauty, Ryely Walker Band) at the swank analog Minbal studios in Chicago, PCWSyndicate were allowed to explore the outer dimensions of their sound.


“Far heavier than the classic psych bands ever got on vinyl, their sound is dense, authentic and unforgettable. My ears will hum for weeks.” – John Barrett, Western Herald.


“A lo-fi maelstrom of distortion, thundering grooves and unintelligible vocals, alternately howling and menacing along in a reverb and delay-soaked freak out.” – Tim Ferguson, The Active Listener.


“Plastic Crimewave-He’s a guy, he’s a band, he’s a multi-coloured forward-thinking arthole of Tardis Dementions. He’s a Futuretro freak, he’s a sibilant gas, he’s a rock’n roll-a-holic”
 – Julian Cope, Head heritage.


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