8 posts tagged psych rock
by Flashing Red Lights
album Faster Horses
Flashing Red Lights Truck Stops
The new Flashing Red Lights, (the solo project of Mack Slevin), is my new infatuation. With hollow, chant-like beats, noisy reverbed psych qualities and vocals in the line of Frightened Rabbit and Whitest Boy Alive, this three song EP will haunt you. It’s not smooth and sexy, or RnB influenced, like so much of the music “trending” right now. Flashing Red Lights twitches and creaks, as the music begins to ripple beneath your skin and slowly creep up into your veins. It’s a kitchy fuzz that I would in most circumstances consider annoying, but this Faster Horses EP has a beautiful performance piece quality to it, that I can only imagine is pretty epic live. It’s beautifully dark and extremely well composed. This is one you will def want to listen to again and again.
Oh and Mack, just an FYI, I will be that girl that shows up at your house unannounced and begs you play a couple songs for me. I’m totally ok being that girl. This is your warning. I know where you live. So bring on that live show buddy. We’re ready for you.
DOWNLOAD “Truck Stops” HERE.
Get Flashing Red Lights EP Faster Horses from his Bandcamp.
Trying To Reach You
Nurses Trying To Reach You
I’ve been a fan of Portland natives, Nurses for a couple years now. Glad to see people are starting to dig their sing songy 60’s era do-wop infused brand of noisy pop rock.
Have yet to see them live, but plan on catching their LA show on September 28th. Nurses is on tour with Dominant Legs (meh, not that awesome) now. See dates and peep their latest video for their track “Fever Dreams” below.
*with Dominant Legs
09/27/11 San Francisco, CA – Cafe du Nord*
09/28/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
09/29/11 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar*
09/30/11 Phoenix , AZ – The Trunk Space*
10/01/11 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture *
10/03/11 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf *
10/04/11 Austin, TX – Lambert’s*
10/05/11 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
10/07/11 Atlanta, GA – 529*
10/08/11 Charlotte, NC – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall*
10/09/11 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
10/11/11 Washington, DC – The Red Palace*
10/12/11 Philadelphia, PA – King Fu Necktie*
10/14/11 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge*
10/15/11 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery*
10/16/11 Allston, MA – Great Scott*
10/17/11 Winooski, VT – The Monkey House*
10/18/11 Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo*
10/19/11 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel*
10/21/11 Bloomington, IN – Russian Recording* w/ Stagnant Pools
10/22/11 Chicago, IL – Schubas*
10/25/11 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*
10/28/11 Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern*
10/29/11 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret*
by Drop The Act
album Still Living
Ganglians Drop The Act
Had the pleasure of checking out one of my favorite bay area acts Ganglians a few weeks ago, where they played almost all of their new record Still Living that dropped August 23rd via Lefse Records.
Ganglians “psych folk” energetic live set is one of the things I love about this band, and they definitely did not disappoint with their latest performance. I have to admit though, their new record is a new brand of mellow for the Ganglians. Listening to the record you still get the screeching “fuck this is weird”, sound that defined the band’s first 2009 release, but with much more of a refined take on psychedelic indie rock.
Lefse says the changes to Ganglians sound were stepped up a notch “both stylistically and sonically by enlisting the help of producer Robby Moncrieff, who played a crucial role in the shaping of The Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca.” Take a listen to the track above/buy the record below and decide for yourself.
Download their track “Drop The Act” here.Buy Ganglians new album Still Living here.
by Crystal Antlers
album Two-Way Mirror
Crystal Antlers Dog Days
Was lucky enough to get in to see the capped capacity Crystal Antlers Monday night residency show at the Echo last night. Last night was the third week of the band’s residency part of their DIY press to promote their sophomore record Two-Way Mirror that just drops July 19th.
Crystal Antlers headlined the night with a crop of new tracks as well as favorites such as A Thousand Eyes and closing out the night with Andrew from their outstanding 2009 record Tentacles. They have restrained their excessively noisy psychadelic sound just enough to allow a bit more soul to seep through. The result is a tighter, more solid sound without losing the passionate punk rock ballads that vocalist Johnny Bell has come to be known for.
Fuck Pitchfork, the new record is an 8 in my book any day.
Vensaire See I’m You (Live)
These elusive psych-rock turds have been droppin video bombs all over the netz for the last couple weeks. At least they don’t call themselves a bedroom project. I’d wager to guess the Brooklyn part is fake too considering the only info I could find on them is from Guest Of A Guest Hamptons Edition (see photo below). Finally some preppy mother fuckers up in huurrr besides me. Y’all can crash my Hamptons party anytime. And no they don’t sound like Vampire Weekend.
Stoked to hear a record from Vensaire which apparently will drop later this summer. So keep googling and stay tuned.
Video via Stable Cable News
Crystal Antlers Summer Solstice Video
by Stay Cool Forever
album Save MJ MJ
Stay Cool Forever 20 Pack’d
First heard about these kids from from 88.7 KSPC Live and immediately fell in love with the raspy harshness of their vocals coupled with the breezy fuzziness of their sound, that is, well kinda hot…in a “I met this chick at a music fest, day two, after not sleeping, minimal food, and doing some drugs that made me want to take my clothes off and touch strangers”.
These guys can make noisy psych pop for me all day long. I’ll provide the drugs. BYOB. Stay Cool Forever.
This track is from the MJ MJ Compilation. Buy it if you don’t hate fun.
Crystal Antlers - Live Soundclip @ Alex’s Bar (New Untitled Song) & Dead Horses
Well last Thursday was quite the adventure, let me tell you. In case you haven’t heard of this little show called True Blood a.k.a. Vampires + Boning, now you have. They tape scenes from their infamous vampire bar Fangtasia at one of the coolest bars to see live music out there, Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA. With an uber hip and plugged-in crowd dotted with local indie celebs also coming to check out the scene, it’s definitely the place to be.
And a Vampire bar couldn’t be a more appropriate place for psych rockers Crystal Antlers to provide a hometown debut of new material. They headlined the night with a crop of new, unreleased tracks from their upcoming sophomore full length. They have restrained their excessively noisy psychadelic sound just enough to allow a bit more soul to seep through. The result is a tighter, more solid sound without losing the passionate punk rock ballads that vocalist Johnny Bell has come to be known for. Stoked for their new album.
(p.s. Sorry for the less than stellar sound quality on the live clip!)