Gleaming Spires ‎– Songs Of The Spires

Posh Boy ‎– PBS 125
Vinyl, LP

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): PBS125A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): PBS125B
  • Pressing Plant ID (Edge of label, Side A): [Alco Research And Engineering, Co. stamp]
  • Rights Society: BMI

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January 14, 2017
If you like the Sparks, you should consider checking out the Gleaming Spires. This Los Angeles duo – who later drafted additional members – concurrently played with the Maels in the early-to-mid 1980s, and they made for a very ideal match. "Are You Ready for the Sex Girls?" is a really obnoxious (but good) semi-hit that benefited from its Rodney on the ROQ connections, but the other material on Songs of the Spires is even better. It's a nice and eccentric synthesizer-heavy new wave LP with quality melodies. David Kendrick later became Devo's drummer, and you can kind of see why after listening to this. A worthy find.

This was never released on CD, but Posh Boy gave this an expanded digital reissue in 2010; it includes the entire Life Out on the Lawn EP, plus a 1982 B-Side ("Walk Right") and an unreleased song ("That's It, Forget It"). That should have been awesome, but the sound quality sucks on everything other than the new track because it was mastered from vinyl. It's also so damned tinny that I have to boost it up 13 dB just to get it to sound halfway normal, only to find that most of the closing fade-outs have been abruptly cut short. The list price is relatively cheap enough to partially make up for the sonic deficiencies, but this is something that deserves better treatment. It would be great if a reissue label like Collectors' Choice would come to the rescue.