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Echo & The Bunnymen, an English rock band that fuses alternative music with neo-psychedelia, are popular for many reasons. For starters, their frontman Ian McCulloch crafts brilliant, brooding song after brilliant, brooding song (“Lips Like Sugar,” “Angels and Devils,” etcetera). Additionally, each Echo & The Bunnymen album is awash with heavenly guitar licks, introspective lyrics, and a distinctly 80s sound that today’s hipsters obsess over (is there anything from the 80s that hipsters won’t obsess over?). With these observations in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many 21st Century bands are trying to imitate the aforementioned group’s style, and chief among these imitators are Tampa, Florida’s up-and-coming superstars: Merchandise.       

Merchandise’s latest single, “Enemy” (released in preparation for After The Dark, their much-anticipated 4AD debut), succeeds in not only milking The Bunnymen’s sound flawlessly, but also surpassing it in many respects. Guitarist Dave Vassalotti’s riffs are infectiously poppy, singer Carson Cox’s voice is reminiscent of a crooning, drug-addled Morrissey, and the song’s chorus oozes from Bose headphones like honey laced with DMT. Hell, this single is so goddamn catchy that even its indecipherable (not to mention inaudible) lyrics fail to detract from the music’s overall quality. In short, I encourage those who enjoy old sounds with fresh twists to check out “Enemy,” because you won’t just be surprised; You’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Check out the video below and look for After The Dark on August 4th.

-Katt M.

Merchandise – Enemy

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Every time I hear a new psychedelic band I think, “That’s it!  This band has perfectly captured the psychedelic sounds of the ’60s!”  But then a new band comes along with a different sound and I realize just how diverse is the genre of psychedelic music.  From like Tame Impala and Pond, to the more straight-edged Foxygen to Coke Weed, and in comes Quilt.  Straying from the heavy electric guitars and wild synths, Quilt’s single, “Arctic Shark” takes a page from the jangly sounds of The Byrds and early Jefferson Airplane.  With a little bit of country and some non-sensical feel-good lyrics, Quilt flow through their song at a happy and very trippy pace.  Below, you can watch the video which mostly features the band on blankets with fruit and vegetables.  Quilt’s newest album, Held In Splendor, will be out in January.  In the meantime, check them out on tour (tour dates after the break).

-M. Kauf

 

Quilt – Arctic Shark:

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Fair warning, but this is one strange video.  Featuring half of the Scott Carney/Jacob Heustis Kentucky duo that makes up Wax Fang, the music video stars the singer in drag popping from scene to scene of paper cut-outs and a lot of blonde-haired women in perfect glam-rock fashion.  But weirdness aside (and there really is a lot of weird stuffed into this video), this is one catchy rock gem.  “The Blonde Leading The Blonde” features guitar hooks in the chorus that can match The Darkness or pretty much any modern rock band for that matter.  Lyrically, the song is reminiscent of a goofier David Bowie.  The combination makes for one of the most underrated rock bands around.  To date, Wax Fang only have two full albums to their name, but they’ve recently released a string of singles, which with any luck will lead to a new album.  In the meantime check out their video below for just a glimpse at what these guys can do.

M. Kauf

Wax Fang – The Blonde Leading The Blonde:

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Lately I’ve been on a bit of a psychedelic binge (I’m talking about the music), listening to artists like Tame Impala, Pond, and Secret Colours.  We did a post on this group a few months back for their video “Black Hole” of their sophomore album Peach.  Today we bring you yet another song from this far out album called “Freak.”  The song delves into what I can only assume is some weird sexual stuff as the singer claims “I wanna be your freak,” whispering along with a chorus of slinky voices amidst bongos, vamping electric guitars and electric organ.  That’s not to say it’s a bad song, in fact it’s one of the catchiest bits of psychedelic rock I’ve heard recently.  Secret Colours have somehow managed to take the 90s britpop sound and sneak it into a psychedelic setting that makes for one hell of a trip (again, musically).  Check out “Freak” below and be sure to listen to their full album.

-M. Kauf

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Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (damn that’s a mouthful) has quickly become a favorite hear at TDV.  It’s pure retro sound is refreshing, fun and always entertaining and, as a duo, Foxygen’s core members really are the masters of a sound older than them by more than a few decades.  But what happens when you separate them?  When I think of the voice of Foxygen, I usually think Sam France, but it’s quickly looking like that isn’t the case.  Guitarist Jonathan Rado recently announced a solo album Law and Order due in September.  The first single, “Faces” is just as retro as anything in the Foxygen catalogue, but Rado has a sound all his own.  Instead of taking a page from the rockers of the 60s and 70s (think The Kinks and the Rolling Stones), Rado leans more towards 60s pop-rock.  Acoustic guitar blends with Birds-esque electric twang as Rado sings about isolation to a happy, bouncy beat.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this was a one hit wonder crawling up from the dusty vinyl collections in someone’s basement.  Check out the song below.

Jonathan Rado – Faces

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…And we’re back.  There have been lots of travels and adventure in the last week or so, but now we’re here and we’ve picked up some new music along the way.  One such band is Secret Colours.  Combining a retro psychedelic sound with a twist of 90s rock, this band knows how to make a slick single.  A simple riff and a quiet voice turn into a sort of mantra that travels throughout the song, keeping it grounded throughout its electronic twists and turns and chill drumbeats.  It’s not often a song can take the heavy sounds of the 60s and slide them into a dark velvety package but “Blackhole” is just that.  Check out the strange and retro video for the single above, and look for their sophomore album, Peach May 28th.

-M. Kauf

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Warm nostalgia coming your way, with clips to match.  It’s not surprising that The Money Go Round sound soaked in nostalgic pop, given that they have the same name as a Kinks song.  This aussie group makes music that is both trippy at points and just straight-up fun in the sun.  Guitars jangle out sun rays and singers harmonize like the Byrds around a snappy snare and a tight bass.  “Endless Sun” is another one of those great summer songs that start to pop up at this time of the year.  An idyllic look at a summer weekend on the beach, without cares and without worries.  The music video matches perfectly with a mix of trippy filters and scenes of parties that many a “hip” beer commercial might consider stealing.  Check out the video above and download the song (and another singe) for free here.  Expect some great stuff from these guys down the road.

-M. Kauf

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