Upcoming Heavy-duty Psych
posted by June 12 at 11:04 AMon
Headsup on a kickass quadruple bill coming up Friday, July 20 at the Sunset:
Howlin Rain is from the greater Bay Area, made up of some of the Comets on Fire dudes and a guy from Sunburned Hand of the Man. They play a supremely jangly, chooglin’ brand of blues-rock, swaying and bumping, minus the metal/noize freakout of Comets. Never seen ‘em live but their record kicks ass.
Citay is a eight-or-so-member acousto-electric rock outfit from SF, comprising a bunch of Bay Area bands, including the Fucking Champs and Tussle. You like “Going to California”- and “Battle of Evermore”-style Led Zep, you’ll love these guys—all sprawling with flutes and female backing vox and strummy pastoral melodrama.
Whalebones is, of course, Seattle’s own psych-blues monsters, riff-mongers and axe-shredders of the most virile sort. I believe them to be the ring leaders of this heady free-for all.
Bison I’m not so familiar with, but their MySpace reveals them to be the hardest of the four bands on the bill, definitely metal-inflected and sludgy and loud as fuck in a good way.
The psych-rock-blues-boogie scene is alive and strong on the West Coast and tonight’s bill throws together some of the best. Yeah, it might be a throwback to Sabbath and Credence and the Dead, but done right it’s heavy and heaven-sent, relentless and unrepentant rock inspired by the masters. Bong rips and neck braces optional but recommended.