Imagine the ideal soundtrack to one of those retro 70s surf films shot on an old Super 8. What you conjure up will likely sound something like Austin-based psych band Holy Wave. Just listen to the jam “Albuquerque Freakout”, which takes on that classic wobbly Texas psych sound with layers of surf riffs, tambourines and howling echoes beneath the stoney vocal lines. This imagery carries throughout Holy Wave’s Evil Hits, out now on Burger Records, with vinyl coming February 2013 in conjunction with the Reverberation Appreciation Society. The release compiles 5 tracks from their 2011 release Knife Hits with 5 tracks from this year’s The Evil Has Landed EP. Picture those gnarly waves and tune in.
Holy Wave – “Albuquerque Freakout”
Also check out the song in the recent trailer for the 2012 Austin Psych Fest concert film below.
The debut full length from The UFO Club, a collaboration between The Black Angels’ Christian Bland and Nights Beats’ Lee Blackwell, is one of our favorite releases to come out of 2012. Re-imagining 50s pop through the prism of 60s psych, the pair pay homage to the legendary UFO Club of Pink Floyd-era 1960s London. Watch the video for the song “Wolfman” off their new LP below.
You can stream / listen to and buy the album in the format of your choice on the Austin Psych Fest website.
BJM @ APF 2012. Photo Credit: Bob Mustachio.
Since our return from the Austin Psych Fest in April of this year, talk of the 2013 APF has been a frequent discussion topic around these parts. This year’s APF featured over 50 bands from all walks of the psych genre, including Brian Jonestown Massacre, Woods, The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, The Entrance Band, Quilt, Golden Dawn, Peaking Lights, Dead Meadow and many more. Set across two adjacent venues—with a courtyard/hippy bazaar between—attendees could easily navigate between the shows to check out at least part each band. The experience was truly magical and we will most certainly be in attendance for the sixth annual Austin Psych Fest, set to take place April 26-28, 2013.
For those who unable to attend the 2012 Austin Psych Fest, here’s a short video recap of the festival created by Calvin Miller to give you an idea of the overall vibe. For those of you who lucky enough to make it, relive the memories and we’ll see you next year in Austin.
As many of you know, the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest took place last weekend with one of the best festival lineups in recent memory. This year’s APF featured over 50 bands from all walks of the psych genre, including Brian Jonestown Massacre, Woods, The Black Angels, The Black Lips, Meat Puppets, Olivia Tremor Control, Golden Dawn, Thee Oh Sees, Wooden Shjips, Dead Meadow and many more.
Set across two adjacent venues—with a courtyard/hippy bazaar between—attendees could easily navigate between the shows to check out at least part each band. Over the course of the weekend, there were lots of familiar names to check out and a few impressive new discoveries as well. Some personal favorites were sets by Tuareg guitarist Bombino (from the same community as the members of Tinariwen), Woods, Sun Araw, MMOSS and Quilt. All in all, the food was good, weather was perfect, and tall boys were only $4.
Below you’ll find a series of AFP videos from some of my favorite performances.