Mason's California Lunchroom (2018 Remaster)

by For Against

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Anthony Childs
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Anthony Childs Finally listening to this for the first time. Great Dreampop guitar sound. Vinyl boxset still seems to be available (as of Feb 7, 2020) so if you're on the fence take the leap! Favorite track: Tagalong.
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brantly In the mid 90's I searched high and low for this record based on the undying adoration of the venerable Jack Rabid's hugely influential Big Takeover magazine, but could not hunt it down. I naturally secured a shit digital copy years later, but now to hear this glorious record on vinyl is like listening to Cherubs fucking. Unnerving, catchy, spidery fretwork, impassioned-yet-restrained vocals and For Against's always light-yet-forceful take on dark, shimmering indie rock is in full bloom on here!
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Seesick 03:36
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Vacuum 04:26
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Crossed 02:37
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Tagalong 04:32
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Hindsight 05:04
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Coursing 02:01
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Vista 03:10
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Infamous 04:02
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Mirage 03:12
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Blow 05:15

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It was surprising-gratifying last decade, when Lincoln, Nebraska stalwarts For Against finally garnered the cult popularity they’d long deserved—at least in Europe, where generous, rapturous crowds hailed them as “darkwave” pioneers. Back home, though, it took this era’s shoegaze explosion/revival to bring them equal underground acclaim, accelerated by Captured Tracks’ 2014 Box Set, compiling their two LPs and EP, 1987-1989. It even received a 7.8 in Pitchfork, suggesting, “If they had gained a tenth of the attention Interpol attracted, it would have been a wonderful world!”

That richly deserved, delayed recognition is bound to heighten with these reissues of their three ’90s records.

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released November 23, 2018

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