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Album Review

The Beatnik Filmstars' unflinchingly noisy presentation of unflinchingly poppy songs provides some of the more joyously buzzy moments in nineties rock, and Phase 3 is no different; if anything, the record packs in a few more hooks than the releases surrounding it. The Filmstars' deconstructive breakdown seems a bit more pronounced, as well — the album bashes through recklessly melodic rock, laden with the same tape hiss and overloaded consoles of all Filmstars releases (save, perhaps, Boss Disque), then falls apart completely into unformed scratchiness, and the end result is an accessibly fractured exploration of the two extremes in the band's work.

Biography

Formed: Bristol, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Bristol, England's Beatnik Filmstars debuted on the indie rock landscape with the Maharishi album on Big Sky Records in 1991. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Jarrett, the band was instantly compared to some of the United States' brightest indie rockers. After releasing a series of EPs, they returned to full-length form with 1993's Laid Back & English CD on Land Speed Records. 1994 saw the release of Astronaut House on La Di Da Records, and in 1995, California's Slumberland Records joined...
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