On November 25th The Underground Revolution hosted ‘A Wild Night of Garage Psych’ with special guestsThe 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.
“The term ‘garage band’ literally means the space where many bands rehearsed. LSD and marijuana played a big part in the music with widespread use among America’s youth across its colleges and cities. This led to some of the wildest and most demented records ever put to vinyl as sounds became….”
Article by John Rose, Pop/Collage Artist and Frontman for Pablo Alto. Featured Artwork by John Rose.
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), TheChocolate 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.
There is the expression ‘of a sound mind’, which was a relevant theme when you entered the bottom floor of the The Royal British Legion in Ledbury last Saturday, where a local punk gig in aid of the charityMindwas being held.
The brainchild of local photographer and music producer Edoardo Mustaficaka Ed Headphones, a well loved eccentric around town, the gig featured 3 local punk bands (The Youth Within, Billy Whizz, Pablo Alto) that would end up shaking the walls of The Royal British Legion for a night few locals will forget, complementing his motto for the night ‘You’d be mad not to come’. Quite!
There were technical issues during the Billy Whizz performance, (down to dodgy lighting apparently), but soon in true Herefordshire style, onlookers jumped into lend a helping hand, and all was shortly sorted commencing the night’s shenanigans. Revellers were drawn to the sounds through the cobbled streets, as it was such a success that they had to turn punters away! All in a night’s gig. Continue reading “Punk Allegiance at the Legion”