Asparagus Tea LP awhile back but didn't give it a concerted listen until fairly recently. Boy, was I missing out big time. From what I've been able to discern, much was made at the time of DoG's psychedelic tendencies. I suppose that's par for adding a sitar (of all things) into the mix, but this Boston trio was way post-punk if you ask me, with rich shades of Nice Strong Arm and Fire in the Kitchen bubbling to the surface. Both tracks on this 45 fall well within the late '80s Homestead Records realm - dark and austere, with some pleasant mystical ambiance thrown in to ward off anything too gratuitously brooding. The A-side "Tear it Down" appears to be exclusive to this single, while "Trip" would find it's way onto the aforementioned Asparagus Tea. Lost in Tyme blog did a nice write-up of the album, but since the download link has expired, I might be offering it here if anyone is game.
A. Tear it Down
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