Parastatic are – Jon Garrard, Neil Caffery and Rachel Casey.

2015’s Recall Fade Return marks a welcome return from Tyneside krautedelic spacerockers Parastatic. Retaining the hypnotic repetitive elements of debut album Lost Highway, Recall Fade Return has a more more propulsive and at times urgent dimension, aided by the addition of Rachel Casey on live drums, shifting the band’s sound into a space somewhere between post-rock, shoegaze and kosmische. As Drowned in Sound remarked of Lost Highway, “You can very easily find yourself lost in its spacey groove”.

 

Rachel replaces synth / drum programmer Richard. In Rachel’s own words, “I had just been a human sacrifice for an art/music performance with my previous band. Neil and Jon probably saw me awash with blood (red paint) playing drums and guitar in my knickers and bra with wilder men dancing around me chanting. Clearly I was their next choice for a drummer.”

Recall Fade Return reviews:

“Parastatic infuse their spirit of experimentation with an irresistible sense of directness…” 7/10
Drowned in Sound

“Total obliteration of the senses guaranteed.”
NME

“‘Recall Fade Return’ is a damn fine album, an album of diverse colour and texture, skilfully woven into a warm expansive soundscape.”
Louder than War

“Epic…A strange hybrid of Spiritualized, prog and New Order.”
Steve Lamacq, 6 Music

Recall Fade Return is one of those game changing albums… a moment in a band’s career when they hit upon a sound so good that it would be foolish not to run and run with it. It is an album that from the off just oozes with confidence and grace and not a moment goes by when you aren’t thrilled by something new.”
Echoes and Dust

“Excellent stuff.”
Lauren Laverne, 6 Music

“the musical equivalent to opening a door and stumbling into a confusing and dreamy alien landscape.”
NE:MM

Recall Fade Return is great of example of sonic motility and mobility. The nu-Kraut revival continues.”
Both Bars On

“The ten track album executes a flawless dance of loop and layer …” 8/10
Shout4Music

“like bathing in liquid sunshine; a post-rocking delight seeking out nirvana among the heavens and damn well finding it.”
The Crack

Biography

Formed in dank basement in Newcastle at the end of 2011, parastatic was the coming together of long time collaborators Neil Caffery and Jon Garrard with electronica maestro Rich Telford.  The combination of their various musical heritage resulted in their debut album in 2012 Lost Highway, which nodded towards krautrock and early 80’s synth-pop and drew critical praise in the UK and beyond with Mark Radcliffe proclaiming them “Prog on the Tyne”.

The band toured the album until mid 2013 when Rich left the group to devote more time to his new-born.  Neil took on synth duties and the band fortuitously recruited multi-instrumentalist Rachel Casey on live drums – taking the band’s sound into a more direct, propulsive dimension.

2014 saw parastatic complete their second full length – Recall Fade Return, due to be released on March 9th 2015 on 104 Records.  This record is less indebted to straight up krautrock and hints at more complex influences locating the band on an oscillating line between kosmische, shoegaze and post-rock.

Over the last couple of years parastatic have played across the UK alongside some of their favourite artists – Damo Suzuki, Moon Duo, Warm Digits, Eat Lights;Become Lights, The Early Years, Baltic Fleet and many more.

They will be touring the UK in March 2015.

The forthcoming album ‘Recall / Fade / Return’ looks likely to build on the critical acclaim received for the band’s debut record – ‘Lost Highway’.

‘You can very easily find yourself lost in its spacey groove’  Drowned in Sound

‘’GlaxoChem’, the kind of space-drone that Jason Pierce was messing around with in the early 90s, with a repetitive guitar loop that recalls ‘Electric Mainline’. Soon to be joined by another insistent beat, it quickly resembles the type of sonic textures Neu! were exploring twenty years previously and it works fabulously.”  Sound of Confusion

 

“The kind of propulsive, joyous, trancelike music that bundles up the likes of Neu! The Orb and Spiritualized into one pulsating whole…a cloud-scraping slab of motorik bliss which feels like the band have managed to bottle the essence of the sun coming up in the morning.”  The Crack

With pulsating bass lines and sweeping synthesiser melodies throughout this LP is a revelation in looping, much like Tall Ship’s debut ‘Everything Touching’, this album is a definite testament to the fact that it does not take structural complexity and mind-numbingly deep lyrics to create a perfect song.” Shout4music

 

‘Each track is hypnotic.. You can’t help but be lulled into some kind of musical trance’ Narc

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