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, Spaceman 3, Neu!, Can, and early Pink Floyd. They deliver the sounds and sights from their powerful, hallucinatory world that these synthetic times need and would do well not to ignore. At the vortex of the Warlocks' cross-fire hurricane - two drummers, four guitarists, bass and keyboards - is guitarist / bassist / lead vocalist Bobby Hecksher. He writes all of the band's songs, which range from fourteen-minute gotterdammerung assaults to pastoral acoustic-strummed meditations; from amazing pop to addictive guitar mayhem that anchors the trip. Hecksher was in the Brain 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 no fly-by-night. They've toured the US extensively and released two fine EPs on the Bomp label, but the Phoenix Album is by far their finest work to date. A preview Phoenix EP, clocking in at over an hour, collects two songs from the full length album, "Baby Blue" and "Stone Hearts," as well as a number of otherwise unreleased yyyyeah-yuh.
Top Customer Reviews
Some music...spiritually, emotionally, and physically...can indeed get you high. Hendrix himself said that music can be so subliminal, that you can do anything you want to the audience with the monsters you have created.
Today's music scene is layed out like a graveyard. Old skeletons have come out of the closet. One band sounds like Television, another sounds like The Stooges, another sounds like Blondie, and the list goes on and on. You could probably name the bands above that have pinched their ancestors' sounds. Some of those bands are good. Some aren't.
The Warlocks are one of the good bands. Their music is dope, as in the drug. "The Dope Feels Good" is a 4-minute ode to the San Fransisco Haight-Ashbury jam sessions. The fuzzy organ drone sounds like a happening...like an electric kool-aid acid test. "Shake The Dope Out" can be compared to all the past greats, just like you have read and heard before. The Velvet Underground, the Grateful Dead...but this is one band that can stand up to their inspirations. They have an originality all their own. No band today sounds like The Warlocks. They rock, and they live what they preach. They talk the talk and walk the walk. Tjeir album is a tale. One song can make you larger. Another can make you small.
Just ask Alice...when she's 10 feet tall.
I hear Woodstock. I hear Jefferson Airplane playing a free music/free soup concert to a crowd of 15. I hear flowers being put into the barrels of guns. I hear a crowd chanting revolution. It's all in there. Their music is what I always wished I could have experienced back when our country was changing...when everything was new. This is a band that can be enjoyed by today's generation, as well as my father's. And it's still cool...or groovy.
It's the sound of the past, and the sound of the future. Rock and roll, Warlocks.
Although it was released late this year, this is definitely a band/CD that everyone will probably be hearing more about in 2003. It seems like the past is the new tommorow, or in The Warlocks case, the present, and I suggest buying the CD now before the hype-machine gets to it...and while the scent of incense is still fresh in the air.
Joyful drug references abound, kick-ass walls of guitar, solid back beat and a voice that sounds like it's coming from the backseat of your '73 baracuda. This is great summer music, so by all means BUY THIS DISC!