Stomping along like a T-Rex wearing cinder blocks, MUGWUMP inject a whole new energy into psych music that hasn’t been felt in a little while. There’s a rock ‘n’ roll glam in there, and it’s not just because of the acidic flashes of shimmering guitar that the band so often dive into.
POND and King Gizzard are the obvious reference points here, but there’s a sense of something cooler, and perhaps a little more evil and twisted going down. The way that “Lazy Bones” contorts itself, bending over backwards with a gleeful, manic grin during its many guitar freakouts, it gives off the aura of genuine insanity. And for a genre like psych-music that can so easily fall prey to boring repetition, this is a very, very good thing.
Wedged firmly between The Cramps and The Fugs is White Lodge. They are filthy mongrels drenched in fuzz and grime, wreaking havoc with thwarted, deranged psych-garage. Thrashing into their new 7″, which they split with US lawds The Gorlons, White Lodge pummel through just under 6 minutes of heart-clenching, seizure-inducing guitar repulsion. If you like yourself some Los Tones, early King Gizzard, or just plain want to have your world compressed and gassed with acidic garage muck, then shove this into your portable mp3 player.
Is there anything quite as batshit crazy as POND? In their video for “Zond”, they are freakishly on point. It’s like Wayne Coyne teamed up with Frank Zappa and David Bowie, and all the freakiest shit from their minds was channelled into a single video and song. There are many elements to “Zond”, from mind-melting bouncy guitars, to ecstatic chanting, to pools of endless squelchy fuzz.
But it’s the video that’s the real mind-fuck. Directed by Johnny McKay of Fascinator and Children Collide, it comes off like the introduction of the weirdest fetish porn ever. Nick, Jay and Joe are wrapped in things from blow-up pool toys, low-rent spacesuits, and retirement home costumes. Meanwhile, the effects and Ben Montero backgrounds that are injected here create a hyper-reality that I don’t think anyone can be prepared for.
Holy shit. ‘Man, It Feels Like Space Again’ is out on January 23rd. POND are playing Laneway, and a sideshow at Oxford Art Factory on Thursday, 5th of Feb.
There’s been a hell of a lot of garage-psych in the past few months, and Los Tones are in the thick of it. All though the genre is becoming a tad played out, Los Tones still stick themselves in, and “Pyschotropic” shows that the group aren’t going to lose their edge any time soon. The track is sticky and sickly, contorting at all angles for that circus freak chique. Raised in a swamp and unleashed via a blooming guitar solo, “Psychotropic” remains to be a good bit of fun to chuck on in for the prelude to your mushroom trip.