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Broken Prayer - Misanthropocentric AKA Droid's Blood LP

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(Sorry State Records)

Came home with a couple copies of this after I drove Droids Blood on tour last month.

I was not really a big fan of Broken Prayer at the time, so I kinda bypassed this LP when it came out. Going back to it a few years later, and having become a devotee of the New American Weird that is Droids Blood, this particular LP sounds a lot better to me, it neatly sets the stage for the compelling statement that Droids Blood has become, and for understanding Droids Blood I am better able to understand and appreciate Broken Prayer, it all makes more sense to me now.

Broken Prayer came out of Chicago, I'm lead to believe the original songs kinda came from the ashes of Scott's previous band Civil Progress, leading to this awkward "hardcore with keyboards" style that they grew into over time. By this second LP, Broken Prayer had really come into its own, a unique and fascinating mixture of "full-bore hardcore, jittery synth-punk, and a dark pop sensibility" that "embraces originality, modernity, and earnestness where so many bands are content with a detached and ironic retro sensibility", to borrow the words of Sorry State boss Daniel Lupton (I couldn't have said any of that better myself). It's a cool record that's full of compelling ideas and exciting moments.

A line-up change and a new name leads us to the current day Droids Blood, I will talk more about them in the demo tape description. I am really captured by this band right now.

If you are like me and you like to track how bands change and artists grow, this is a necessary moment in this lineage of bands.