The Warlocks have been making a name for themselves for several years with their own brand of psychedelic rock - a swirling grind that conjures the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, Spacemen 3, Neu!, Can, and early Pink Floyd. They deliver the sounds and signts from their powerful, hallucinatory world that these synthetic time need and would do well not to ignore. At the vortex of the Warlocks' crossfire hurricane - two drummers, four guitarists, bass and keyboards - is guitarist/bassist/lead vocalist Bobby Hecksher. He writes all the band's songs, which range from fourteen-minute gotterdammerung assaults to pastoral acoustic-strummed meditations; from amazing pop songs to addictive guitar mayhem that anchors the trip. Hecksher was in the Brian Jonestown Massacre for a while a few years ago, and also played on Beck's Stereo Pathetic Soul Manure album, so you know he's not just blowing smoke up your ass. The group has toured the US extensively and released two fine EPs on the Bomp label, but Phoenix is by far their finest work to date. This EP collects two songs from the upcoming full-length album "Baby Blue" and "Stone Hearts," as well as a number of otherwise unreleased trance-inducing jams and sonic psychedelic wonders. Eight tracks that clock in at over an hour.
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