Medicine – ‘Home Everywhere’

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Medicine have returned with their latest LP ‘Home Everywhere’ and once again upturn our preconceptions! The off-the-wall song writing goes out of its way to avoid any conventional structure or formula, with unpredictable melodies to suck you in. It’s hard to follow on first listen but this is not background music, ‘Home Everywhere’ demands an active listener!

The experimental rock vets blend classic psych rock with dubby noise and off kilter rhythms. It’s a fresh sound that tips it’s hat to the past but still sounds ahead of its time, an impressive effort considering ‘To The Happy Few’ only landed last year. The album is strung together with solid vocal performances, much of the melodies have a 60s pop feel, backed by trippy harmonies to fill out the mix.

There’s so many ideas packed into each song, you’re bound to latch onto something different each spin. It’s like listening to a regular album, an album in reverse and an album played at half speed, all at once. This will be too ambitious for some, where do you draw the line between unique and quirky? The latter half of the record has less twists and tangents, it settles into a welcome groove on ‘It’s All About You’.

After more than twenty years making music, Medicine are still taking risks and indulging in creative twists that make ‘Home Everywhere’ a fearless record. It’s bold and full of character but at times there’s just too much going on. The shoegaze and noise rock label doesn’t apply to this album at all, Medicine have developed their own niche. I’m not sure what substances were used to get there but I want in. Available now via Captured Tracks.

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Medicine - 'Home Everywhere'
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PRO'S
  • Ambitious songwriting & sounds
  • Inventive & genre defying
CON'S
  • Not as cohesive as 'To The Happy Few'
3.7Overall Score
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Medicine – ‘Turning’

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Veteran rockers Medicine will release their new album ‘Home Everywhere’ on October 28 through Captured Tracks. The San Fernando trio have posted the lead single ‘Turning’, an experimental psych pop piece. Following the release of Medicine’s reunion album ‘To The Happy Few’ last year, the group continued recording. The result is nine fresh tracks, part Brazilian-inspired noise pop and part experimental drones! Guitarist Brad Laner tells Exclaim! about the title track, an “11-and-a-half-minute, multi-part album-within-an-album which begins as a sprightly celebration of domestic bliss and ends with a comely invitation to leave the planet.”

 
Medicine – ‘Turning’

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Medicine – ‘Something Goes Wrong’ (Live)

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Clash have premiered a cut from Medicine‘s forthcoming ‘Part Time Punks Live‘ album, a special Record Store Day release (April 19) thanks to Captured Tracks. On tri-colour vinyl no less! Here’s a new/live version of ‘Something Goes Wrong’ from the San Fernando rock vets. Recorded for radio shortly after the release of ‘To The Happy Few’ in late 2013. You’ll find the original version on 1993’s ‘The Buried Life’.

 
Medicine – ‘Something Goes Wrong’ (Live)

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Medicine – ‘To The Happy Few’

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Medicine’s eighteen year draught ends this week with the release of their new album ‘To The Happy Few’ via Captured Tracks. Chances are you’ve already had a listen (via Spin) but if not, take a listen to the album stream below. There’s been plenty of press flying about, including a fresh interview by Philthy Mag. 2013 has been very kind for new music and Medicine do not disappoint – from the opening singles ‘Long As The Sun’ and ‘Its Not Enough’ its clear that these shoegaze vets have something new to say. Their mix of rock and psych pop is more vivid than ever and its not a safe (or expected) listen either. ‘To The Happy Few’ deserves to snare a new generation of fans – something that Captured Tracks has been working hard to do since announcing their re-issue series. What’s more, Medicine are already planning a follow up!

 
Medicine – ‘To The Happy Few’

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Medicine – ‘It’s Not Enough’

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Captured Tracks have posted ‘It’s Not Enough’ the second single from Medicine’s forthcoming LP ‘To The Happy Few’ (out August 6)! I know a lot of people were crying tears of joy when the band announced their return (from an 18 year hiatus) with the lead track ‘Long As The Sun’ back in April. The trio have since announced an album release show at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg on August 16 with Weekend in support (tickets)! In other news, Captured Tracks have recently revealed plans for re-issues by Skeptics and Earth Dies Burningmore here.

 
Medicine – ‘It’s Not Enough’

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Medicine – ‘Long As The Sun’

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Apparently its Christmas. Medicine are back, new album, the works! 18 years after disbanding Medicine have announced a fresh LP called ‘To The Happy Few’ featuring the first single ‘Long As The Sun’ (limited free download), available on August 6 via Captured Tracks! The 2013 line-up features the original members (singer Beth Thompson, Drummer Jim Goodall and singer/guitarist Brad Laner). You’ve got to hand it to Captured Tracks for helping re-engage the band with their ‘Shoegaze Archives’ series, re-releasing ‘Shot Forth Self Living’ and ‘The Buried Life’ – read more here.

 
Medicine – ‘Long As The Sun’

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