MAGIC SHOPPE + DEJA VEGA + MAN AND THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Magic Shoppe released “Wonderland” in October 2016. This release is a departure from their last release, Interstellar Car Crash, in that they’ve mostly abandoned the flowery side of psych for a darker, fuzzier corner of psych. The track “Head On the Floor” unleashes a shit load of reverb that never lets up. “Stars Explode” gives a nod to Raw Power era Iggy Pop (in the guitars at least). “Kill” ushers in a bit of Sonic Youth along with seriously trippy vocals, while “Hearing Voices” is only slightly less lethal and drugged out than its predecessor. By now, hookah pipes and bongs are in rotation as listeners are lost in the psyched out dreams induced by “Wonderland”. “Blowup” meshes BJM guitar with late 60s sonics, and backs away slightly from the noise fest on the previous tracks.
Magic Shoppe collectively create a swirling cacophony of modern day psychedelia intriguingly peppered with sonic atmospherics, fuzz, reverb drenched boy-girl harmonies and droning instrumentation.
Watch the official music video for ‘My Mind’s Eye’ below:
Déjà Vega are vocalist and guitarist Jack Fearon, drummer Tom Webster and bassist Mike Newton. After forming in Cheshire, they made the short journey to Manchester, a fitting backdrop to their gritty, guitar led psychedelia.
Rhythmic and rage-fuelled and boasting surging riffs, Fearon’s hypnotic slurring lyrics lurch in and out of poetic chants, battling over chaotic drums and the razor-sharp bass lines underneath. Live, Déjà Vega demonstrate that they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Watch the official music video for ” below:
Man and the Holy Mountain throw all their influences into a blender and spray what is left with at the audience.