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by Pray Tv

Aussie band Pray TV's acclaimed 1992 album. Brooding melodic rock with references to Joy Division, Husker Du, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. Nominated for an Aussie ARIA award.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pardirt
1:03 album only
2. Aftermath
6:30 album only
3. Sacrifice
3:44 album only
4. The Great Escape
4:54 album only
5. Don't Say a Word
2:52 album only
6. Released
4:05 album only
7. Can't Wait to Get Away
2:38 album only
8. Tonight
3:23 album only
9. Skin
3:56 album only
10. For Angel
4:11 album only
11. Sleep and Dream
4:57 album only
12. Hidden Track
0:52 album only
13. Sorry Somehow
Husker Du
4:59 album only
14. Hidden Track
0:21 album only


Album Notes
Pray TV's landmark 1992 album. Brooding melodic indie pop full of references to Joy Division, Husker Du, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. Nominated for an Aussie ARIA award. "..a devilishly clever and initially sombre opus in the Joy Division tradition" - Rolling Stone

"Absolutely thunderous guitar, Aftermath is a pretty marvellous song, alternately quietly powerful passages with more patches of rousing exhilarating axework" - Alternative Press 1994

"Pray TV comes out of nowhere with determined rock shaded by goth influence and big choruses that dwarf the last 10 years of US college rock" - New York Press 1993

"Check out Pray certainly sounds like Wasteland (Radioactive Records) has a monster on its hands" - Gavin Report 1993

"The bands second album Paydirt is hardly troubled with the narrowed buzzsaw dynamic associated with early Husker Du, preferring a more languid bittersweetness to seep through their wingtipped grunge, a leftover influence from Joy Divisions bass led sobriety, leaving space for Aidan Hallorans doleful, suppressed vocals to metaphorically hang themselves. Paydirt is prime dark introverted mania" - CMJ Report 1993

"Neater than god" - Melody Maker 1992

"Like Husker Du at their best: melancholic, melodic songs done with rough noisy sound. Simply beautiful" - Ratbeat, Finland

"Good enough title for this as it's the best thing these guys have done by yards. They said they liked Died Pretty, and they've learnt the idea of making their songs ebb and flow in much the same way. This one has a pack of tracks that tend to start slow, build to maniacal crescendos, and then smolder back down to embers once again. If they don't do that, they start in a burst of flame and then collapse into a slow burn. The moody vocals riding over the top give it a Joy Division-ish sort of feel, and unlike a lot of other bands that use JD as a reference point, Pray TV remember that the predominant backing for Joy Division was guitars and they blaze away in good style with simple but tasty chord changes. Really fine." - NOISE FOR HEROES MAGAZINE

'Pay Dirt bubbles along with interesting ideas...take 'Aftermath', a devilishly clever and initially sombre opus in the Joy Division tradition. It builds inexorably until you notice it's gone from moribund to thumping.....their music is an amalgam of the thrashy and languid, often unnervingly subdued - there are a few explosions, and we're never let off the hook' - Rolling Stone



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M.L. Downey

Stunning and racuous punk rock that is thrilling throughout
Paydirt” is a rollicking ride through the darkness of existence. Powered by exhilarating lead guitar and pummeling drums, the songs are delivered with grating vocals that careen between desperation and anger. Sort of like a more punkish Psychedelic Furs, Pray TV puts it all together in the stunning album-closing “Sorry Somehow” that angrily rails against everything with thunderous music. The instrumental title song opens the album with surprising delicacy and iron. “The Great Escape” is almost pop except for the feedback-laden chorus. “For Angel” is a driving lament for someone lost. “Tonight” and “Sleep and Dream” are slower, less raucous explorations of despair. However, the thrilling punch of tunes like “Can’t Wait to Get Away” are what pull you back from the brink.