And psychedelia is useful. Because nostalgia is notoriously myopic, it's therefore important to open the mind. It's no secret that video games have been tools to acquaint American youth with the logic of military thinking. In fact, Sega itself was contracting US weapons manufacturer Martin Marietta for military information technology around the time Altered Beast came as a pack-in cartridge for the Genesis console. And it only gets deeper from there. Consider, then, Rise From Yr Grave a soundtrack to what happens when the military-entertainment complex backfires. These men have trained their fingers on various triggers for years, yet have powered-up to create a record of blissful, progressive music that invites congregation. I don't know what you march to, but that's a beat that could go on forever.

RISE FROM YR GRAVE | released by Altered Gee | at Strange Maine, 578 Congress St, Portland | Feb 16 |

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