Medicine had quite the 2013. The Los Angeles trio of Brad Laner, Beth Thompson and Jim Goodall, reunited after eighteen years of dormancy and released To the Happy Few, their first studio album in as long. After the album’s release, the band played two shows, one at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, the other in their hometown at The Echo. Rounding out the year was Laner’s very special performance with M83 (Laner has contribution credits on the critically Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming) at their Hollywood Bowl Show in September.
This Saturday for Record Store Day, Medicine start their 2014 off right with the release of their Part Time Punks Live LP on tri-color vinyl. The LP features eight tracks recorded for a Radio Session at PTP following their LA show last year.
Next weekend, April 26th, the band will take to the stage again, playing The Church on York, one of LA’s newest venues. Also recently announced, Medicine will perform at Austin Psych Fest, happening the first weekend of May.
Eighteen years after they called it quits as a working band, 2013 finds the original members of Medicine reunited and offering a newly recorded LP on Captured Tracks. To The Happy Few is the sound of a highly inspired group, thoroughly immersed in the practice of mixing harsh noise with obsessive melodic detail and heavily groovy rocking. Returning is the core trio of lead singer/ chanteuse Beth Thompson, guitarist / vocalist Brad Laner, and drummer Jim Goodall, the same team which created the still vital, influential and controversial LPs “Shot Forth Self Living” (1992) , “The Buried Life” (1993) and “Her Highness” (1995) as well as a stand-out appearance in the 1994 film “The Crow”.
As it happens, it’s really all the fault of Captured Tracks. In 2012 C/T pulled off the seemingly impossible and secured the rights to reissue the aforementioned two original Medicine LPs in loving and expanded fashion. This was a rather emotional moment for the original band members. So much so that upon meeting up at Brad’s home studio in May 2012 for the first time since 1995 in order to divide up the vinyl goodies and ultra-limited box sets, the trio laid down the basic track for what became the final song on the new LP. Emboldened by the natural ease with which they slipped back into Medicine mode, the trio spent the remainder of the year leisurely recording the new LP and enjoying each other’s company far removed from the stress and turmoil of their original early 90’s run.
The members of Medicine stayed quite busy with music in the interim between 1995 and 2012: Jim Goodall recorded and toured with his legendary evil country western band Jon Wayne which had its first LP reissued by Jack White’s Third Man label. He also toured as a member of UK noise gods Whitehouse and recorded with Current 93. Beth Thompson made a collaborative album as The Shway and performed with The Furry Things. Brad Laner has released a bunch of solo and collaborative LPs under various names and recorded with the likes of Brian Eno, M83, Caribou and Blinker The Star.