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Sphex - Time/Leaving This Crazy City 7" (Supreme Echo)


"Absolutely killer reissue from small-town Ontario Seventies rockers
Sphex, whose story is told in great detail in the booklet, but to
paraphrase they obviously never got much recognition outside their
hometown due to your typical bad timing/tough luck story. They recorded
these songs as part of the soundtrack to a film, which were released as a
small run single a little too late to save them, and then an ill-fated
tour nailed the coffin closed. The proto-punk tag doesn’t seem so
fitting for this one. What you can hear are some prog leanings, but they
thankfully cater to the more space-rock side of the genre than
sprawling Yes-like bores. They’re rockers for sure though, prog-style or
not. Guitar player is a total cape-wearing nut and his playing carries
the tunes all the way. “Time” certainly summons up some phased-out
spacetime bliss, with teenaged hot licks splayed all over while the band
steers the vessel with some surprisingly talented drumming and steady
rhythms. “Leaving This Crazy City” might actually warrant the proto-punk
tag, sounding like a more well-mannered Soggy. It’s a killer
riff-driven hard rocker that chugs with a certain punk-like menace, and
the soloing on this side sounds more Stoogey than the noodly work on
“Time”. As I’m sure I’ve said 100 times before, it’s so rare these days
to find unheard-of gems like this, and the quality of both tracks is
pretty impressive. Singer might be a Seventies hard rock stereotype, but
the thud on Side B is certainly worth a look. Impeccable packaging
again, well done on all fronts." (Rich Kroneiss Termbo)

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 01 August, 2012.

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