Circa 1983-84 was a blooming time for America` s 60`s garage psych folk revival movement and all the consequenced arguing about the necessity and authenticity of it. HEAD DOWN HAND OUT , the amazing debut mini LP of Washington DC `s CRIPPLED PILGRIMS arrived then just in time to obscure both questions & answers, and make any conversation about a vanity!
Jay Moglia, genious composer of the band (the rest personel was Scott Wingo, Mitch Parker -bass, Dan Joseph - drums), draws the perfect balance between yesterday and today(1984), between post punk impetus and folk mysticism, between sound delirium and melancholic forces tight and controlled to last for a lifetime.
Head Down Hand Out is an album you get addicted to listen again and again, as if behind the near and there layers there are always new spaces you can never reach. If our brain has recepting departments for ecstasy the music brings, i can not tell how many of those mind cells this album has burnt inside mine.
Unfortunately CRIPPLED PILGRIMS was a very short lived band. By 1985 they had already disbanded. They left behind one more (inferior than this) LP "Under Water" (1985, Fountain of Youth).