They say that you have your whole life to put out your first record, one year to put out your second, two more years to put out your third, then another eighteen to put out your fourth record. Well, maybe they don’t say that, but that’s what Medicine has done.
Medicine is a shoegaze/noise rock trio from Los Angeles. They released three albums in the early-to-mid 1990s, then disappeared. Their 1992 debut record Shot Forth Self Living was universally regarded as a breathtaking masterpiece, and some considered it to be America’s answer to Loveless. They followed it with 1993’s The Buried Life, which saw the band expand so something like eight members. They went back to the “original” three-piece lineup for the 1995 album Her Highness. Then, they hung their skates up. Except for a weird album in 2003 that wasn’t really Medicine, they didn’t play together.
Last year, the great folks at Captured Tracks reissued the first two Medicine albums plus an EP as a lush box set. Simultaneous with that, they reissued the first two records individually in “luxe and reduxe” fashion. I was very quick to snap up a copy of the deluxe and reduxe Shot Forth Self-Living, and it’s quite special. Back in September, I wrote a little bit about that reissue, and a lot about the marvelous song “A Short Happy Life”.
While the band was in the studio working with the label on the reissues, they started working together again on new material. After months and months of hearing that they had an album put together and that the release was eminent, we finally got some more concrete news today.
Two months ago, they teased us with an album name and the first single “Long as the Sun”. Today, we were treated to another new song, and we learned the street date for the new album. August 6 is the release date. No pre-sale yet. Today’s song is the new one that they shared with us today:
“It’s Not Enough” by Medicine
This is the “original lineup”. Although there was a different lineup prior to the release of Shot Forth Self-Living, it’s usually understood that the “original lineup” was Beth Thompson (vocals), Brad Laner (guitars) and Jim Goodall (drums). On that weird 2003 album, it was just Brad Laner and Shannon (daughter of Bruce) Lee, who had been an occasional backing vocalist in the band.
This doesn’t have some of the blistering sonic assaults that made Shot Forth Self-Living so good. It’s more “beauty” than “beast”, but it’s still basically the same brand of Medicine. I expect the album to have plenty of that sonic assault stuff. I can’t wait.