Posts Tagged ‘Psych-Rock’

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I love the Hey Colossus album “In Black And Gold” released earlier this year and I bought this Split 7 on the strength of it. Their track is great as is the White Manna number. Good, strong rock music

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Jessie Jones’ new song “Lady La De Da,” off the California singer’s self-titled solo debut for Burger Records, out July 24th. Just a couple years ago, Jessie Jones was fronting the band Feeding People, from Orange County. A band that deftly navigated the void between psych and garage rock. How she ended up there and where she’d go next were the stuff of myths and rumour,  whereas before she’d traded evangelical Christianity for music, by 2013 she’d hit the eject button on the rock ‘n’ roll world for some sort of cosmic soul journey.

Clearly she came back, but not an unchanged woman. This shows on her impressive self-titled debut, a diverse and huge-sounding collection of jangly pysch-pop and mystical acid-blues in the California tradition. Just like in the band Feeding People, Jessie Jones’ Grace-Slick-styled vocals kicked-up-an-octave voice is the best part, though a coiling sitar proves to be stiff competition for the spotlight on “Lady La De Da.” the entrancing song, which begins a little like The Doors’ “The End” and finds Jones moaning to the gods about wish fulfillment.

 

The psych rock mystery of Kelvin Hurts is odd, but one that plays second fiddle to the quality of their music; a killer combo of lo-fi, garage and psych.

As far as I know the person Kelvin may not even exist. Is it a solo act? A group? Who even knows? The only thing I think I can say he is from Christchurch in New Zealand at least thats what it says that on their bandcamp page, Nevertheless whoever Kelvin Hurts is, his work is simply a great sound. The mystery man/group has already dropped two EP’s plus a single of weird psychedelic lo-fi garage rock jams via his bandcamp page.

So with fair few releases under his belt, all of which have seen little to no push for exposure, which is honestly a shame considering how many people I believe will absolutely enjoy these songs. Kelvin Hurts released  the most recent EP Dry Lips in late November 2014,  featuring five tracks of awesome psych,  which have been menacingly slaughtered by what distinctly sounds like a Roland Space Echo. The majority of Dry Lips is crammed with epic instrumental jams, which makes the overall experience feel vast and expansive even though these tracks are relatively short.

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Furthermore Kelvin Hurts recently released his latest single Females, an oddly tripped out garage rock concoction. Reminiscent of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees, Kelvin Hurts still manage to stand on their own on this one. What can I say; I find it very refreshing, if you are a fan of any 60’s psych rock revivalism Kelvin Hurts certainly succeeds.

Kelvin Hurts may be a  mystery , however the sounds are a joy to listen to the myth Kelvin Hurts.

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Happy Fangs is San Francisco’s war-painted and wiry rock trio poised to release their first LP, Capricorn on January 27, 2015. Happy Fangs is a band of three front-persons. Vocalist Rebecca Bortman, formerly of My First Earthquake & guitarist Michael Cobra, formerly of King Loses Crown, played their first show as Happy Fangs in 2012. She brings her high-energy vocals. He brings his grit-pop guitar. Together they make punk anthems to make The Beach Boys, Blondie, & Bikini Kill proud, Happy Fangs’ live shows juxtapose strong black and white visuals with their contrasting pop meets rock sound. Each show is a flurry of enthusiasm, loud guitars and hard-hitting drums—the trio writes an original song at each show based on an audience’s suggestion. Some people say rock is making a comeback. Happy Fangs is proof that rock-n-roll is here to stay.

January marked the one-year anniversary of the addition of drummer Jess Gowrie of Sacramento’s I’m Dirty Too, a duo with Tycho’s Zac Brown. Together, the band creates rambunctious anthems, which SF Weekly describes as “insanely fun riot grrrl ferociousness.”

 

 

Los Angeles psych band Allah Las,  with a version of the Rolling Stones cover “STONED” on this psych based tribute and among these 14 mind blowing psych rock versions of classic Rolling Stones songs performed by the newest leaders of experimental space rock! . Includes Clinic’s hallucinogenic take on “I Know It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It),” The Vacant Lots’ stimulating version of “She Smiled Sweetly,”and the Allah-Las’ gorgeous “Stoned,” Pure X’s haunting “Beast Of Burden” and many more!

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It’s of no shock that A Million Billion Dying Suns come from San Francisco, home to the Summer of Love and Haight-Ashbury. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the group is psychedelic necessarily, there’s a certain fuzzy interstellar overdrive groove to this material – think of the Flaming Lips if they were floating in space – that some may consider to be such. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the experience of listening to the group’s new album is heightened by ingesting a handful of magic mushrooms before putting this one on the turntable.

First song and promotional track “The Garden” blazes a trail through the atmosphere and rocks out in a distorted fashion. “Real Life”, meanwhile, is what you’d get if T. Rex slashed their speakers. “Afterall” has a baroque style with an introductory harpsichord figure and reverby guitars that bring the song right into the soft rock ‘70s. Basically, what you get with AMBDS is a musical adventure, a trip into the heavens and the inner mind. Even when it doesn’t quite gel, the sheer scope and ambition of this album raises it a notch or two above the standard garage rock or psych rock fare. Smash your heads on the psychedelic rock to this, my friends. A Million Billion Dying Suns are out to expand your consciousness.

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The Blank Tapes together with German psych rockers The Roaring 420s will embark on a six-week tour through Europe in this winter’s most compelling transatlantic psychedelic double feature!

As if this itinerary is not epic enough, both bands will also be releasing a limited edition split cassette tape for the tour on Melotron Recordings out of Greece!

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a young noise-rock trio named Boom Said Thunder is leading a charge as one of the best new local bands of 2015. Boom Said Thunder released a furiously beautiful full-length record in 2013, then trotted off to Brooklyn for some sonic soul-searching and to pursue some things outside the realm of music

Come January 23rd, the band is back in their hometown for a show at Great Scott in Allston. with the fantastic and upstart shoegaze/psych project Burial Sound And they come armed with two new blistering tracks, “Summer Twin” and “Carnivore,” which you can listen
We’re not exactly sure what the future holds for Boom Said Thunder, but that’s not important. These two fuzzed-out noise rock jams should keep us going through the winter periods of this month.

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The organ on this is sublime, Manchester’s Blossoms offer a lighter take on psychedelia, one that’s steeped in classic British pop songwriting” “Not content with being lumped in with Manc music’s current psych revival, Stockport five-piece Blossoms have opted to invent their very own sub-genre: Ethereal Nostalgic Sonance.” –
“Psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic, a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors – Blossoms are Stockport’s newest and arguably one of the new bands to watch.

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Carlisle psych-rockers The Lucid Dream have unleashed ‘Cold Killer’, the first track taken from their forthcoming second album – listen to it exclusively here.

The reverb-laden, krautrock-inspired cut will feature on Mark Emmerson, Wayne Jefferson, Mike Denton and Luke Anderson’s self-titled follow up to 2013’s Songs of Lies and Deceit, due out on 30th February.

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