Articles by Dan Salter
All Good Wishes is a much more grown up than Season Sun. It’s good to see the band build on that excellent debut and continue to push forward with Gulp music. That they can exist alongside Guto’s day job is cause for celebration too, although with the lack of original music coming from that direction, we can only have cause for celebration that we get more Gulp.
In the end that is all you can ask from a debut album, some great tunes, and a promise of something special unfolding. We will keep a psychedelic eye on these guys.
Whilst this album is fun enough, and worth a few repeated listens, there is little here of any circumstance that makes you want to return too often. The finger is well and truly on the pulse of psychedelia and for a quick, heady trip you can’t go far wrong.
Let’s hope they don’t leave it another four years until we hear some more music, as they seem to be heading in a rather exciting direction.
There is much to love here, and they offer something different from a doom scene which has gone increasingly heavier. A welcome return to a classic 70’s sound.
What we ultimately have is one of the finer albums of this year, and if we are being honest, one of the best psych albums of recent years.
By pushing the boundaries of a stoner rock band, they find themselves occupying a place where very few go. ‘Psalms For The Mourning’ may well mark a turning point for this band.
Martyn Coppack had a good long chat with John Westhaver from Canadian psych band The Band Whose Name Is Symbol, going from the early days to their work with Cardinal Fuzz and much more.
Whilst there may be a dearth of bands influenced by the classic sound of British psych, it only serves to make Papernut Cambridge that much more special. When listening to their music you feel as if a hole in time has opened and offered you a glimpse of what it used to be like.
A welcome reissue by one of the more interesting bands of the Britpop period. Maybe now they will get the recognition they deserve.
Primitive Fuck is one of those albums which has seemingly come from nowhere, yet carries all the hallmarks of a future classic which may well allow the band to carry on experimenting within their field.
Taking their cue from the slow morbidity of Pink Floyd, and letting the looseness of free-form experimentalism guide the way, they have created an album which is at times frustratingly pedestrian, but also satisfyingly uplifting once they hit their stride.
The wheels are set loose on Petyr with this album, and they can claim their place amongst their peers on the San Diego scene as the rude, noisy awakening, when all around are still lost in space.
They may have held back on some of their more rockier aspects but in doing so, find a wonderful vibe. The relaxed nature of the album becomes its theme, and with it, we find a newfound pleasure from this most excellent band.
“I have never felt as happy as I have in this place…” exclaims Gwenno Saunders as she takes to the stage, and with a crowd hanging off her every word, who can blame her.
The Euphoric is an album which unfolds over a series of listens to ultimately become your best friend.
If any album deserves to be the sleeper hit of the year it is this one, and it should find itself perched high when it comes to the inevitable albums of the year.
For pure unbridled psychedelic energy and fuzz, The Switching Yard have hit the nail on the head with Yet Again..
Whilst psych music has taken many forms over the last few years, few bands have managed to dive deeper into what it actually means to be psychedelic than Earthling Society. Riding high on the back of the excellent Ascent To Godhead, Earthling Society are still very much an underground concern. For any true connossieur of psych though, they remain an essential part of the scene. Martyn Coppack chats to Fred Laird from the band.
As far as Black Rainbows albums go, ‘Pandaemonium’ delivers the usual thrills and spills, only this time they misfire on more occasions than they hit.
If your idea of manna is a band who incorporate the best bits of High On Fire and Rainbow then The Watchers are the ones for you.