Tuesday, November 01, 2011
-valis Pick of the Week
Hail Voyagers! Cause for celebration, on multiple levels, 'round here. Germane to our topic though is a brand new release by the pride of Sandgate, Kent, The Higher State!
Long-time readers well know our love of this band and their vibrant take on all things garage & psych'! The new release, out today on 13 O'Clock Records, is titled Freakout At The Gallery.
Once again they've created an album brimfull of the pineal juice. What sets Marty, Mole, Ben & Daniel apart from the crowd, (and the crowd's getting bigger, eh?!), is their ability to distill the essence of their favorite forebears of the genre without merely aping or parroting. No, these cats are of a different stripe. (Can paisley be a stripe?) While listening you'll catch the references to the bands that've caught their ear but in a way which bands this savvy do: by making the sounds their own...they don't linger long enough to bludgeon you with a "hey! look who we're sounding like now!" vibe. They're veterans. Pros.
If you like some wobble with your crunch then The Higher State surely satisfy. Period.
You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every Friday from 3 to 6am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.