—Force Of Fusion
REAGAN YOUTH - Vol. 1
“The artwork is misleading…”
Overdosing In Republican World #1
Pink Reason’s Cleaning The Mirror has an enduring worth. It was a record Kevin was incapable of besting, and his follow up records expressed an inability to play within a band with the same potency and depth of feeling as had his early solo / stripped back instrumentals, a problem he’s obviously bested with his latest single, ‘Ache For You’. This fanzine is another indication that he’s pulled it together and achieved some kind of productive development in his life: the baby he’s holding on the front cover of the single might be an indication of where this came from. Kevin allows his vulnerabilities and compulsions to colour his music and writing, which expresses a rare kind of self confidence that comes from being either very afraid or entirely unafraid, and I’ve always found his work compelling. His Australian tour is generally regarded as diabolical, but there were moments; of course, they weren’t when he played incredibly obtuse versions of ‘Freebird’, as despite the genius of the concept, he just couldn’t fuckin’ jam, man. It sounds like he can, now: the new band is incredibly wound up, the guitar playing is on point. His best record since Cleaning The Mirror. Overdosing In Republican World features writing of varying quality but always on fascinating subject matter: Russian film, punk music, Eastern Europe art, drugs, crime. Kevin can tend to overdramatize (the title is obnoxious) and he can even ham it up a little, but he’s got an evident tolerance for being maligned and misunderstood. He’s probably trusting his readers will read it sympathetically: I did, because I think that this is fanzine writing at its best. It’s open and vulnerable and unguarded and remarkably free of cynicism and suspicion, effervescent in many areas with an enthusiasm and respect for his subject that is entirely contrary to the mean-spirited, joyless writing one is accustomed to reading online. It has the power of not being disappointing, because it is singular and because it is well-conceived and is the product of an evidently laborious writing / art process, and it comes with the most fervent recommendations.