Talented bluesy psych-rock trio Raptor return with this new double-single and fans of the band are in for a treat with both songs on this release showing off that Raptor swagger to its full effect. Those of you who have seen the band live before (and that is definitely
Those of you who have seen the band live before (and that is definitely their natural environment – those who haven’t definitely need to rectify this as soon as they can) will know how good a band they are and with this single, they have translated the energy and vivacity of their live show onto record.
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Ultraviolet is an upbeat tune that starts off with a hazy, laid back groove before morphing into a raucous blues stomp that will stick in your head for days and as soon as the vocals kick in, you know you are in for a good time. This is an anthem that is perfect for the summer months, the bluesy feel further adds to the good time involved, particularly the guitar work towards the end of the song before it reaches its finale.
Haight Street is aptly named and is as full of life as the iconic San Francisco landmark it is named after. The song is a simple but extremely effective jaunt that, again, will be stuck in your head for an age and is full of that rousing Raptor charm that we all know.
With summer now in full swing, don’t hesitate and go and check it out now and the upcoming (hopefully) warm months now have an undisputed and sunny soundtrack.
Album Review by Gavin Brown
Cover Photo Credit: Grace Biddlecombe
On November 25th The Underground Revolution hosted ‘A Wild Night of Garage Psych’ with special guests The Hungry Ghosts, Pablo Alto and DJ’s Sam and Siobhan at The Booth Hall in Hereford. It was a night of raw psych energy and enigmatic performances that included frontman Joe Joseph lying on the floor in the fetal position screaming into his mic. The crowd watched in amazement of course, and were carried away by their brand of ‘slaughterhouse blues’ and psychedelic fusion. They most certainly had us dancing to their sexy but at times violent sounds.
The Hungry Ghosts
Pablo Alto have developed a following in the local music circuit. They are gregarious and put on a good n’ loud show – the crowds love it. Once ‘Spacecat’ came on we were all ears listening to a song that came to be after one of John Rose’s reoccurring nightmares about his cat Pablo going missing – except this time in space. I would’ve loved to be Pablo in that dream. They put some power into their performances which get me each and every time.
DJ’s Sam and Siobhan
I was quite excited to have DJ’s Sam and Siobhan doing their thing between the bands. It was really a nice touch to break up two bands with a DJ set. The highlight of their set was when Sioban broke out with SexWitch on vinyl. You could almost say I was in shock – I had been listening to that album on repeat lately.
Anyway, I really enjoyed how they fused old and new psych sounds, it could have been a house party in the 60’s, and they kept the atmosphere authentic. They are one of those young couples you could find in a place like London or New York who know their music in depth and put on a stylin’ set. Hats off to them both.
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Photography by Grace Biddlecombe and article by Michelle Cuadra
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MY FIRST ENCOUNTER
Psychedelia is back!…in fact it’s never really gone away as each new generation turns on and freaks out to a new revamped version of those groovy 60’s sounds. It all started for me after taping an hour long Psychedelic radio show special in the late 80’s (possibly on Radio 1) which I still have featuring wonderful psych gems from The Seeds (Satisfy You), The Chocolate Watchband (No Way Out), Nobody’s Children (Good Times), The Bees (Voices Green And Purple) and the fuzzed up brilliance of The Third Bardo’s ‘Five Years Ahead Of My Time’.
There was also a strange track by Dave Diamond & The Higher Elevation called Diamond Mine with a weird voice over and sinister lyrics and howls (the six foot narcissus and peanut butter fudge angel of love) and a cool, hypnotic song called ‘Cellophane Wrapped Woman’ which will always remain a mystery. I’ve never heard it since and have no idea who its by. Anyway, my mind was suitably expanded and I rushed out to get the Best Of The Pebbles on yellow marble vinyl, a great place to start.
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