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Wellwater Conspiracy

Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives

(Time Bomb)

Wellwater Conspiracy sounds like a good name for a goth band, but thankfully they’re not that. This Michigan band is one of the few modern groups that have convincingly co-opted the sounds of the 60s, while remaining strangely contemporary. “Compellor” is a blast of swirling organs and fuzzy guitars reminiscent of late 60s rock, particularly The Doors. In fact most of this record makes me think of The Doors cross-bred with Nirvana—while Wellwater Conspiracy has picked up on the 60s trippy grooves, they’ve also digested a good dose of punk urgency. That keeps Brotherhood of Electric from being blatantly retro and gives the songs their visceral edge. If Jim Morrison had been a punk and not a hippie, he may have made a record like this.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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