In our never-ending quest to dig up great bands whose tickets cost less than a corned
beef sandwich at your local deli, we bring you our latest round of Blips here on JamBase.
The idea behind Blips is to form a lasting relationship with acts we believe to have
bright futures and stick with them as they develop and grow. We view Blips as a
progression that begins with a mention in a Blips segment, then leads to a Blips Update,
and ultimately culminates in a feature length interview. In this edition, we have some
really cool new music, so take a sec, poke around the bands’ various websites and see what
you think of these two under-the-radar acts…
New Electric Ride
We are in a golden age of kick-ass psychedelic music and like the initial trip, the
renaissance is totally intercontinental. Looking over the Atlantic, New Electric
Ride, with their throwback sound and killer songsmanship should be on everyone’s
radar. These Brits bring a heavy-duty psych rock that’s somewhere in between Cream and
early Pink Floyd.
Their 5-song self-titled EP is overstuffed with “hey man, what is this? Turn it up!”
tracks, but feels like a teaser. The opening track, “Mr Bumblebee,” is an almost perfect
track, swirling together the best sounds of an era reinvented for today’s ears.
Thankfully, the band is poised to release their first full-length this winter on Beyond
Beyond Is Beyond records. The first taste, “All Who You Know," is a wonderfully dreamy groove that may or may not tell you
who buried Paul when played backwards.
And if you want to stretch things out a bit, you could do a lot worse than upstart
mindbenders, Prince Rupert’s Drops. From closer-to-home Brooklyn, I first caught
the very end of an opening set of theirs a year or so ago. Just a song and a half of their
entrancing psychedelic music and I was quickly writing their name lest I forget. Never
fear, PRD have been making some noise in town with steady gigging and the constant
improvement that comes with it.
The Drops are the musical equivalent of a multi-hued, oil-and-water light show and are
best appreciated playing live in front of one. Not afraid to stretch things out, they’re
great brain-wandering music, truly talented jammers. The sound actually translates well in
the studio, and their Run Slow release (label mates on BBIB with New Electric Ride)
last year may be the best album you haven’t heard yet.
Somehow I could not find a single video of Prince Rupert’s Drops “Going Plaid” live, but
you’ll have to take my word for it for now. You can check out a live set from their
“earlier” days courtesy of NYCTaper.
Written By: Aaron Stein