New York’s Band of Outsiders, must have truly lived up to their outsider quotient, as there is nil info or remembrances to be had on them, at least in cyberspace. The cult band in question, had ties to yet another NYC cult act, Certain General. The overlap between them will likely mean nothing to a good 99% of you, but if you want a more detailed timeline of their somewhat complicated confluence, Trouser Press lays it all out for you.
The Outsiders evoke the tenor and tonality of a group far more storied than they apparently actually were. Still, that didn’t stop them from swabbing elements from contemporaries like the Feelies, Dream Syndicate, Let’s Active (occasionally) even stretching a little further back to the Soft Boys and the Velvets. Their approach was more traditional than advanced, lending itself to a wholly earnest aptitude, which must have really flown in the face of flash and superficiality of their chosen era. Per Trouser Press:
Band of Outsiders relied not so much on hooks or abandon as an ensnaring ambience.
Acts of Faith, partially consisting of material from earlier EP releases, is a pleasurable if not a tad meandering listen. I found most of the highlights residing on side two, including a John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band cover, “Remember,” and the even brighter and livelier “Clean Saint,” which loosely suggests an affinity for John Wicks and the Records. The album caps off with the wailin’ “Weeping Willow,” a bratty, organ-laced, garage rock rave-up.
02. I Wish I Was Your kid
03. Somewhere East
05. Longer Than Always
07. Killing Time
08. In a Minute
09. Fire in the Wall
10. Clean Saint
11. Weeping Willow
Articles Origin: Band of Outsiders – Acts of Faith (1987, Sourmash)