Pre-Med are a band that have been on the UK’s space rock scene since 2004. The band is fronted by multi instrumentalist Danny Faulkner with a rhythm section made up of ex-Hawkwind and Bedouin players Alan Davey and Dan Thompson. Phil Oates provides the guitar and the band is completed by keyboardist Andy Teszner.
The album is just over one hour long and features 11 of the best space rock tracks I’ve heard in a very long time. With a name like ‘Einstein’s Day Off’ we expect a nuclear blast through the cosmos and the album does not disappoint.
The album kicks off with ‘Bang Goes The Theory’ that starts off by creating a space vision letting the listener slowly drift to the stars until about a minute in then BANG! The rock part of Space Rock blasts in. The rhythm section of Davey and Thompson driving the Pre-Med space craft at warp factor 5.
Next up is ‘CERN’ a lengthy tune that rocks as hard as the first track with astounding lyrics by Danny’s Brother Martin Faulkner, describing the affects of and existence of such devices as the Hadron Collider. ‘The God Particle’ is a shorter instrumental allowing the listener once again to drift in to the cosmos, (this song should defiantly by part of some major Hollywood blockbuster) as you really do imagine yourself weightless on some tripped out space walk.
The next two songs ‘The Robonaut Project’ and ‘Fear is Temporary’ give both the lighter side synthesizer space and that gravitational pull back to earth with the guitars and drums while being held together with the mesmerising vocals. ‘Einstein’s Day Off’ is along the same vein as the previous two songs but a special mention has to go the lyrics, giving an insight to how Einstein may have perceived how mankind has turned his genius into a weapon – War plus hatred equals nothing at all.
‘Biosphere’ is a little slower than the previous songs with emphasis on the synths sound and haunting vocals. The listener is brought back to Earth with a crash with ‘The Stargazer’s Apprentice’ where those pounding Bedouin rhythms are back featuring a classic Davey bass lines as well as those fantastic sounding guitar and vocals. ‘Energise’ lifts the beat as the engine room throws a couple more dilithium crystals into the mix and the music accelerates once again keeping the space roots with an interstellar guitar solo.
The penultimate track is ‘Fragile Ship’ that is so catchy you will find yourself humming and singing along for days. The final trip is ‘Event Horizon’ that gently brings the listener down to Earth with a spacey instrumental allowing you to catch your breath and realise that this album is out of this world.
Unfortunately with all psychedelic / space rock, it is compared to Hawkwind. Although I don’t like to do this, it is the easiest way for me to give an insight to the albums sound. Imagine Electric Tepee with the charisma of Robert Calvert thrown in and you’re not a light year away from ‘Einstein’s Day Off’.
To any space cadet out there this incredible album is a must have. I’m already looking forward to festival season to get the full effect of this album live.