Articles by Callum Ritchie
With such a large and diverse selection of bands I was spoilt for choice; my only regret is that I didn’t see enough. All that can be asked of Wild Paths Festival going forward is that it keeps true to its local-community-led approach while still aiming even bigger and better. I really hope it is here to stay and can grow and support itself over the years to come.
Get up down and across to Norwich this October because Wild Paths Festival is going to be a buzz!
Ezra Furman is a spectacular performer and an incredibly humble and passionate musician . . . it is clear he can do it all when it comes to live music.
A seriously amusing, interesting and moving performance, and the best show I’ve been to in a long while. . . Leaving the venue, all I’m thinking about while nursing my ears and brain is when I can see them again. . . x7.
Psych is oozing out of Leeds! Thick Syrup are the latest heavy hot drip on the brain. The band craft a medley of 60s garage rock, fun garage punk and harder more slicker forms of rock.
Enter from the darkness of stage right, The Liminanas, a married psych duo from Perpignan, France with their new album Shadow People. At first listen it sounds like a 60s psych rocker fell in love with Parisian poet and someone made a movie about it to which the album is the score for.
HOLY aka Swedish singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Hannes Ferm has just dropped his second album, All These Worlds Are Yours, which comes soaring over shimmering waters from Stockholm. This new project sees him float up from more traditional garage rock jams and into a surreal synth pop filled starry night sky and beyond. One to watch I think.
There’s no denying Ty Segall is a prodigy but his new 10th full length album Freedom’s Goblin cements his place as the father of modern psych rock. The Californian mastermind lets his wide range of influences bleed through into his music allowing a multi-coloured stream of punk, rock, psych, folk and funk to shine through showing huge freedom in style and utilising the double album format to its full experimental capacity. The result is a project passionately funny, expansive, violent and concise all at the same time.
Vinyl Staircase are a psych four piece from Dorking, Surrey. They’ve been playing their lively and youthful sets all over venues around the south east of England and generating a good deal of interest. The band have a taken huge steps to developing their sound, blending influences from Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sunflower Bean and The Horrors to create a joyous rollercoaster of riffs and drum barrages topped with chilling vocals that send a spark straight into your brain fuzz.
Callum Ritchie chats new album & touring life with Danny Bengston from Together Pangea.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard release Sketches of Brunswick East, their third out of five albums to be released in 2017. Sketches is a collaboration with Alex Brettin of Mild High Club and covers a personal insight of place which blends samples of infused jazz into their sound.
The Seagulls are latest jangly pop outfit to take flight on the wind of fresh neo psych soaring out of Leeds. They have recently dropped their second studio album ‘Blood Orange’ which is packed with sixties nostalgia and washed out surf jams with a distinctly British twang.
Psych rock giants Oh Sees release Orc marking their nineteenth studio album and seventh name change over twenty years of zany creativity. Orc comes with fresh band mates, heavier influences and further experimentation into their off the wall take on the garage scene.
Together PANGEA prove they are capable of reaching outside of the endless party and producing an equally enjoyable rock and roll record that leaves a longer impression on the listener.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard continue to ride their wave of creativity by dropping Murder of the Universe, the second of five albums to be released this year. The most recent serving of psychedelic rock comes from a darker corner of the ‘Gizzverse’.