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Frankie and the Witch Fingers’ latest LP, “ZAM”, bleeds beyond borders and boundaries. Its opening preternatural sounds bubble up out of the primordial soup, spilling into our world, invading the inner recesses of the listener’s mind. Like a two-headed snake wrapped around the skull, the album pendulates between winding instrumentals and dancey riffs that pop like supernovas out of the black void. Just when a song goes one way, it propels another through long stretches of a cosmic inferno.

Bringing glimmers of krautrock and funk, its eleven tracks unleash a versatile and tenacious weight, slithering between the sexy, the aggressive, the vivacious, and the disorienting—until the living invasion is felt—”ZAM”—a supernatural entity summoned by four madmen obsessed with tearing open a gateway to dark space. After being pulled apart atom-by-atom, the listener is reconfigured on the other side, born unto starry wasteland.

Where head is separated from body. Where music is seen and apocalyptic soundscapes flow to revelation. A funhouse undercurrent pulses through the album’s epoch, reflecting a carnival mosaic shrewdly lulling and doggedly brutal. As one track bleeds into the next, that hour of running time becomes wormhole travel, until the listener returns earthbound, transmuted, craving more odyssey.

ZAM is out now via NYC’s Greenway Records

Frankie and the Witch Fingers’ upcoming LP, ZAM, bleeds beyond borders and boundaries. Its opening preternatural sounds bubble up out of the primordial soup, spilling into our world, invading the inner recesses of the listener’s mind. Like a two-headed snake wrapped around the skull, the album pendulates between winding instrumentals and dancey riffs that pop like supernovas out of the black void. Just when a song goes one way, it propels another through long stretches of a cosmic inferno.

Bringing glimmers of krautrock and funk, its eleven tracks unleash a versatile and tenacious weight, slithering between the sexy, the aggressive, the vivacious, and the disorienting—until the living invasion is felt—ZAM—a supernatural entity summoned by four madmen obsessed with tearing open a gateway to dark space. After being pulled apart atom-by-atom, the listener is reconfigured on the other side, born unto starry wasteland. Where head is separated from body. Where music is seen and apocalyptic soundscapes flow to revelation. A funhouse undercurrent pulses through the album’s epoch, reflecting a carnival mosaic shrewdly lulling and doggedly brutal. As one track bleeds into the next, that hour of running time becomes wormhole travel, until the listener returns earthbound, transmuted, craving more odyssey.  (Record Company Blurb)

Los Angeles’s Frankie and The Witch Fingers latest double LP is out now!,
“…the band is melting down details from Krautrock, funk, soul, psych, and space then ladling them into the loving cup atop the alter of Hawkwind.” – Raven Sings The Blues,
ZAM is the kind of record that does not want its listeners to catch a breath, and perhaps the ever-expanding universe of indie-rock — indie-rock of the psychedelic persuasion, to be exact — needs more of this.” – Shindig
“The album leans on everything from krautrock, funk and psych to prog and garage rock, ensuring an adrenaline-pumping trip no matter what.” – Paste

“They’ve produced an album that is both an expansion and a refinement on what has come prior; broader in its scope, maturer in its delivery, and braver in its exploration. In a word: sha-fucking-ZAM!” – The Skinny
“On this sonic manifesto, Frankie and The Witch Fingers flirt with prog and experimental music, but use these concepts more for inspiration rather than strict instruction, resulting in high-energy headbangers with white-hot guitars and ferocious drums.” – LA Record

ZAM is the best rock n roll has to offer.” – ANON Magazine
“…it’s clear that the psych rock outfit have been knocking back the black milk.” – Popbollocks

Still high off the cosmic chemtrails from their instabuy 7″ Pleasure, psych garagemen Frankie and the Witch Fingers are teaming up again with NYC label Greenway Records for a brand spankin’ new full-length album titled ZAM, their fifth LP in their quickly expanding catalog.  The boys are venturing even further from the garage roots on this one, exploring everything from krautrock to funk, but still maintaining their exquisitely disorienting flavor of psychedelia.

ZAM is out March 1st on Greenway Records and the lead single just premiered “Realization” has “an unavoidable hypnotism in its funky guitar interludes, and after its rhythm-driven sonics and meddlesome lead vocals have left the station, there’s no chance of halting or derailing the psychedelic steam train.”

Don’t miss Sztuka Naiwna’s video for “Pleasure”  and catch the band on tour 

ZAM is available on red and black splatter vinyl colorway limited to a mere 200 copies

A couple months ago, LA psych rock marauders Frankie and the Witch Fingers released “Tea,” the thrashy b-side to a brand new 7″ that drops this Friday. Now they’ve released the record’s other single “Drip” as well as its freaky, claymation-infused music video.

“Drip” begins with up-tempo, stabbing guitar riffs that build into a sonic explosion of punk-infused garage rock. In addition, the track features a brief but powerful midpoint breakdown of piercing lo-fi noise, before charging along into wonky, heady psych soundscapes. The Josh Bruce-directed video doubles down on the song’s wackiness, plunging us headfirst into a trippy fantasy world of stop-motion clay monsters, kaleidoscopic Star Trek backdrops, and shape-shifting castles. Also, snakes, witches, ghouls and even weed-smoking goblins pop up in this clip that blends zany animation with gothic imagery. Overall, it’s a perfect combination of Frankie vibes.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers are about to embark on a massive European tour, followed by a few U.S. dates, which you can view below. The Drip/Tea 7″ came out on May 18th via Let’s Pretend Records. However, there’s only 300 total copies, so be sure shop it quickly, watch the mind-melting video for “Drip”

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The Band

Guitar + Vox + Tambo: Dylan Sizemore // Guitar + Vox: Josh Menashe // Bass: Alex Bulli // Drums: Glenn Brigman // Cackles + Screams: Alexandra James, Zachary James, Alex Bulli, Josh Menashe, Dylan Sizmore

As the diamond hits the plastic on Frankie and the Witch Fingers’ Brain Telephone, a sonic tornado swirls out of the speakers and into your ears like a psychedelic party-line flipping a black-and-white world into technicolor. The quartet cooks up a cachophonic soup of sounds which boil over as the troglodytic beat and the fuzzy phased-out guitars melt together. From here, the spell gets sweeter.

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A rock n’ roll groove laced with slap back and heady lyrics quickly connects your call to the Witch Finger’s acid boogie shack nestled deep in the belly of Los Angeles.  A transformation occurs as mind bending shadows appear on a yet-to-be-named purple planet with lush gardens of grinning neon fungi bopping and swaying along to each catchy hook and chorus. The serpentine tape reels capture Texas barn burners, hallucinogenic Chuck Berry guitar licks, and middle-eastern rave-ups along the way as well.  This adventure is littered with evil caricatures and surrealistic visions that will warble your mind, if you stay on the line.
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Frankie and the Witch Fingers are a swift kick in the ass for garage psych. Their hooks are sharper, the production isn’t vintage for the sake of vintage, and the recorded material captures the energy of the band’s eccentric live performances perfectly. That’s exactly what they do once again on their new album, Heavy Roller.-Heavy Roller is the descendent of “Helter Skelter,” “Sweet Jane,” “The 99th Floor” (and a bunch of other echodelic Texan rockers) and even some Syd Barrett-via-Robyn Hitchcock psychedelia, especially as you get deeper into the album. Put them on opening slots for Night Beats, White Fence or the Growlers and they’d be on the road for a year.

The key thing to know about these retro psych rockers is that their hooks are snappy, their guitars and organ rebound up and down like championship ballers and you can hear many influences, past and present, with everything in their style that includes Beatles, 13th Floor Elevators, Flamin’ Groovies and Thee Oh Sees. From the big soaring “Fuzz God” to the hypnotic closing keeper “Merry Go Round,” Frankie and the Witch Fingers consistently keep things moving, interesting and memorable. If old school or new school psych rock is your thing, Heavy Roller should be added to your list to pick up!”

Frankie and the Witch Fingers are The Band :

Mind – Dylan Sizemore ,Limbs – Josh Menashe, Eyes – Alex Bulli,Soul – Glenn Brigman

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Based in Bloomington, Indiana, FRANKIE & THE WITCH FINGERS drop their cataclysmic 12″ debut tomorrow on Permanent Records. The album is home to a scathing new set of LSD-cured garage rock.

After a couple of other early releases (a first cassette on Nice Legs Records and a 4-way split 7″ on Stroll On Records), it’s about time they’ve got a full-length to share. Their record showcases fearless punk snarl with a bright, twangy surf flare, not to mention an added dose of wicked, psych-fueled tones. The LP is rife with sizzling guitars that fall somewhere between fuzzy and wiry, backed by rollicking bass lines and explosive percussion. This all creates a bone-rattling sound and you can feel the elements at work as the ground rumbles beneath your feet.

These guys shake out hook after hook and every last one of them has the power to stick to you like glue. “Flower Pedals” sets the tone immediately and opens with a monstrous tidal wave. “Knife Fight” comes with a groovy little hook and it’s as invigorating as they come. Sharp-edged guitars aim for the throat, fortified by trashcan soloing and a bout of ear-piercing fuzz to close out strong. Guitars come with a neon glow in “Revival,” backed by the skuzzed up croon of frontman Dylan Sizemore whose voice recalls the Cosmonauts or even Ty Segall. Colorful synth swells saturate the air as you drift deep into spacey psychedelia. “Lou Reed” is streaked with lysergic, desert-bound guitar rays shining through the murky backdrop. They hold it together with a steady beat as the air is warmed by a cloud of glowing synths. They slow down the pace with “Smiling,” built with cooing vocals and bouncy bass lines for a completely hypnotizing affair.

It’s limited to 500 pieces with 150 on “potion pink” vinyl

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the sound is drowned in fuzz and catchy vocal melodies, something I can get behind.The band is originally from Bloomington Indiana, but the band are looking to move to LA. Which makes complete sense considering whats been going on down there recently in the garage rock scene. This band is only going to get better and if that move does happen, hooking up with some of garage rock’s finest will definitely push this band forward. The record drops February 17th on Permanent Records

 

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Franke and the Witch Fingers based in Bloomington Indiana, describe themselves as Fuzz driven Psych Pop with influences like The Sonics, The Nerves, Nazz and the 13th Floor Elevators,

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Fuzz driven Psych Pop from Bloomington Indiana