Its an insidious combination: freak-out dance-rockers from the future who've traveled back in time to release a barrage of strident guitar riffs and reverbed vox over throbbing synthscapes, dancebeat breakdowns, and maniacal moogs galore. Think GVSB meets Prince, cryogenically frozen, thawed, and thwarted. But wait, it gets better: an OTD deep-cover investigation reveals that the members of The Campaign For Real Time might not really named Rory Stark, Lee "Big Game" Bronson, Kittie Charlemagne, Vinnie Krakatoa, Falconer Model 7 and Buckingham "The Brick"!! In fact, they may just be people who used to be in rock bands!! Very possibly they are Garrison's Ed McNamara, Hip Tanaka's Brendan Quigley (who, ahem, still makes puzzles for a living), and ex-Cracktortch drummer/New Alliance master(ing)man Nick Z.
But we had to be sure, so on Tuesday a spy slopped on down to the video shoot for "Something Is Wrong" (audio streaming here), the advance single from their debut album Yes . . . I Mean No (US: Curve of the Earth; UK: Big Scary Monsters). Like the album, which was recorded and produced by Ethan Dussault, the video was hatched at soon-to-be-demolished New Alliance studios. On camera duty was Maureen McNamara, whom Quigley says has worked on clips for the Go-Go's and the Grateful Dead -- perfect for the homage-to/parody-of early music videos the band is going for. "The whole video is in the same vein as the Monkees," Quigley said, "and that's basically because I just want to do a scene for scene remake of Head." Make sure to catch the Campaign crew at Great Scott on the 19th of the month (don't worry, we'll remind you later) for their CD Release show with recent New York transplants Mad Man Films and Certainly, Sir (replacement being found). Here's one of our favorite tracks of the new album to convince you. LISTEN: Campaign For Real Time, "In Your Dreams" (mp3)