I am a bit late to the party on this one but The Hidden Master’s debut single (released in 2010) ‘Nobody Knows That We’re Here / Grey Walls Grey’ is a fantastic slice of new psychedelia. Though their publicity cites UK bands like Tomorrow and Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera as influences, the sophisticated arrangements, pinpoint vocal harmonies, and skillful guitar work also bring to my mind Austin, TX legends The Bubble Puppy. Exalted company indeed!
Though they have been quiet on the vinyl front since, the good news is that The Hidden Masters (from Glasgow, Scotland) have signed to Rise Above Records and a long player Of This and Other Worlds is scheduled for release on May 27th.
In the meantime you can still bag a copy of the 45 direct from State Records – here is the a-side but flip ‘Grey Walls Grey’ is equally as good.
This band from Stoke Newington in London have released one single so far on the Heavy Soul label in 2012. From the sounds on offer it is clear that they have been influenced by the likes of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Growing Concern. So we are treated to spot on male-female vocal harmonies with a swinging guitar/organ backing. They sound just like they have stepped out of the late 60s! (and I mean that as a compliment of course).
Judge for yourself on a-side ‘Maybe the Stars, Maybe the Sun’. If you like it I would advise you to track down the flip-side ‘Laser Fingers’, which is equally as good.
I did promise in my Welcome post to feature new acts that are keeping the sounds of the 60s alive in the 21st Century. Let’s start with a band that I have seen a couple of times live now, The Hypnotic Eye from Richmond in London – supporting John’s Children (Andy Ellison and a young backing band but still very enjoyable) and Purson (another top new band that seem inspired by early 70s heavy rock with a hint of late 60s psych thrown in for good measure).
The Hypnotic Eye’s high energy, garage revival sound is mighty infectious and I would urge you to check them out if they play near you. They have two singles out with their own tunes on the a-sides and more than creditable covers of The Omens’ ‘Searching’ and The Human Expression’s ‘Readin’ Your Will’ on the flips. You can download ‘em from iTunes now and support the band. An album is on the way – I can’t wait!