Comprising of guitarist Dean Wareham, bassist Naomi Yang and and drummer Damon Krukowski, Galaxie 500 were a band who went against the anthemic trends of their time, which probably goes some way to explaining why their music is more relevant today than many of their contemporaries. Their sound, which was devoted to urban alienation, was anti-theatrical and languid, a kind of reversed expressionism.
The trio's sound is reminiscent of the work of elements of the Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd and Television but they have a distinctive sound all of their own that has filtered out the vitality of these artists. 'On Fire' (1989) is their masterpiece, a personal work that has an existential anesthetic that has echoes of the acid-rock past.
But the sound of the band is ethereal, sleepy, ghostly that touches on the inner language of the subconscious devoid of emotional attachment and moral isolation in an post-industrial landscape. 'On Fire' evokes a passionless community who are only capable of articulating the emptiness of their lives in a vocabulary of negative words.
Galaxie 500 are the only band who are able to invoke the confessions of people who do not even know anymore how to grieve for their own sorrow. These dirges were the exact opposite of the anthemic call to arms of rock'n'roll of over-rated bands like U2 and Coldplay.