The Warlocks: New Album

The Warlocks Announce New Album, The Mirror Explodes
Out May 19 on Tee Pee Records

The Warlocks
"They came out of the late 90s neo-psychedelic scene, along with awesome bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the Dandy Warhols. Each of their albums are different in sound and approach (due to their lineup, which fluctuates from as few as four to as many as ten), while at the same time maintaining a singular sound that is uniquely their own." - Brooklyn Vegan

"...Hypnotic, fuzzed-up drone-rock... sweet-sounding, rotten-hearted ‘60s pop... over the top and steadfastly retro, but in a good way." - Blender Magazine

Time is neither constant nor concrete. It's made of color and shade. Time flows, blurs and fades into the dim morning light. Time melts. And The Warlocks are the ecstatic, hazy, foreboding, holy tick-tock of time that isn't anything at all.

For five albums, The Warlocks have lived between and beyond the minutes and hours of time. Sway to The Warlocks live and loud and songs will drift and envelop each other like the fog. Listen to the records and you'll hear soundtracks to fuzz-freaked, bacchanalian stomps, pre-dawn city prowls, sleeping late with new crushes, and the elation and exhaustion that washes in and recede deep into the wee hours.

The Warlocks new LP, The Mirror Explodes, speaks and whispers from all of these places. But where the band's last long player, Heavy Deavy Skull Lover, tweaked time in an icy-cool, white-noise swirl that evoked a decadent lysergic night, The Mirror Explodes is disorientation through a longer lens — pictures of luck, longing, losing, moods and fever dreams scrambled in the haze of near and distant memory.

On the eight songs of The Mirror Explodes, the band's signature amalgam of White Light/White Heat attack; space panoramas, fuzz, melancholy, and melody is present and potent. But there is a vivid focus too. Throbbing bass lines, distant rolling thunder drums, and zombie rattlesnake shake are a heartbeat of strange, ominous vitality. Guitars howl, slash and bounce like light. Bobby Hecksher's vocals sound oddly alone and unsettlingly intimate all at once. And just when you think you understand the sum of these sonic elements, they become something else entirely.

The Mirror Explodes was produced and recorded by Rod Cervera (Weezer, The Rentals) at Clear Lake Studios.

The Mirror Explodes track list:
1. Red Camera
2. The Midnight Sun
3. Slowly Disappearing
4. There Is A Formula To Your Despair
5. Standing Between The Lovers Of Hell
6. You Make Me Wait
7. Frequency Meltdown
8. Static Eyes

The Warlocks Live @ SXSW:
03.15.09 Vulcan Gas Co. 2 Austin, TX w/ Black Angels, Dead Meadow, A Place To Bury Strangers and more!
03.19.09 Roky Erickson Psychedelic Ice Cream Social Austin, TX w/ Roky Erickson
03.19.09 The Compound Austin, TX
03.21.09 Club 1808 2-7PM Tee Pee Records / LA Record SXSW Day Party Austin, TX w/ Annihilation Time, Year Long Disaster, Night Horse
03.21.09 Viva Radio/American Apparel official showcase Time TBA Austin, TX

http://www.thewarlocks.com/

[Published on: 2/25/09]

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Comments

BRAHnnie_lott Wed 2/25/2009 01:35PM
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BRAHnnie_lott

dude where's my jerry?

NICU971 Wed 2/25/2009 01:36PM
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Talk about trying to cash in on a band name

River star Wed 2/25/2009 01:47PM
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River

i thought people get in lawsuits over band names...where is the justice?

youngphan star Wed 2/25/2009 01:52PM
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really? has no one told them yet?.... that's like a band naming themself the greatful dead..

GeorgieP star Wed 2/25/2009 01:55PM
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GeorgieP

Whoa...I thought I had died in my sleep when I saw that headline. I declare shenanigans on these guys. They need to get a new name, and quick.

Joe somebody star Wed 2/25/2009 02:03PM
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lol fail, the warlocks...we came out of the 90's psych scene blah blah blah..

Listen to my band everyone it's call the grateful dead

MrKnowitall Wed 2/25/2009 02:08PM
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The Grateful Dead began their career in Menlo Park, California, playing live shows at Kepler's Books.[17]

On the Grateful Dead.....

"They began as The Warlocks, a group formed in early 1964 from the remnants of a Palo Alto jug band called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, But as another band was already recording under the "Warlocks" name, the band had to change its name"

The dead had copied the name too, losers.

NittyGritty Wed 2/25/2009 02:13PM
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NittyGritty

touche....is that why they call you mr.knowitall?

Deucesturf Wed 2/25/2009 02:14PM
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Deucesturf

^yeah no shit, maybe we could have avoided this happening for the second time. I saw all these hilarious coming from a mile away when I read that article title.

daveapaug star Wed 2/25/2009 02:15PM
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daveapaug

Who writes this crap:

"Time is neither constant nor concrete. It's made of color and shade. Time flows, blurs and fades into the dim morning light. Time melts. And The Warlocks are the ecstatic, hazy, foreboding, holy tick-tock of time that isn't anything at all."

"But where the band's last long player, Heavy Deavy Skull Lover, tweaked time in an icy-cool, white-noise swirl that evoked a decadent lysergic night, The Mirror Explodes is disorientation through a longer lens — pictures of luck, longing, losing, moods and fever dreams scrambled in the haze of near and distant memory."

No matter how you silly you describe their music, they still ripped off their name.

daveapaug Wed 2/25/2009 02:17PM
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daveapaug

Hey Mr. Knowitall....The difference is that the Grateful Dead didn't release 5 albums using another bands name.

Marcsmall Wed 2/25/2009 02:26PM
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Marcsmall

What a misleading headline.

dave23 Wed 2/25/2009 02:31PM
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rjd999 Wed 2/25/2009 02:32PM
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i believe that the other warlocks, at the same time the dead were the warlocks, was actually the beginnings of the velvet underground... not sure though

danpfunk Wed 2/25/2009 02:48PM
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Holy crap I listening to the track, and my dog got all freaked. There is nothing "lysergic" about these guys. Maybe back in the 60's when Pink Floyd was doing the moody effect laden dark weirdness, it was cutting edge. Not anymore.

This is so far from jamming, I would bet these people don't know anything about the name, or maybe even the dead. Why are they on here?

bloggersrlosers Wed 2/25/2009 02:59PM
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bloggersrlosers

They are on here simply because jambase puts certain news stories up just to rile people up... groove armada sells out, the warlocks baaah. slow news day

briank67 Wed 2/25/2009 03:22PM
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briank67

of course it's much more obscure, but there's no anger being thrown at the newer band the Charlatans when one of the pioneering psychedelic/acid rock/folk bands of the 60s was named...the Charlatans.

yeah i felt a second of dead-related anticipation when i opened this but then i realized the band you call the [grateful] dead hasn't used that name in decades... have any of you even listened to this (newer) warlocks?

and daveapaug, did you not see the above-stated fact that the warlocks wasn't an original name when jerry and co. used it 40+ years ago (and STOPPED using it 40+ years ago)? also, you point out the 'silly' way this newer music is described. are you out of touch with how psychedelic/experimental music is described? have you ever read any old descriptions/reviews of music by, say, the dead, the doors, pink floyd, led zeppelin, etc etc etc? and who writes the 'crap' that is the lyrics to, say, dark star or the eleven? (and i say that in analogy to your response, because those are two of my favorite dead songs)

to conclude: if you don't like 'walls of sound,' you might not like these guys (that was a dead-related joke). so many of you act like there's a rod up your butt...where are these rods coming from?

philhitz Wed 2/25/2009 03:25PM
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Boo!

BRAHnnie_lott Wed 2/25/2009 03:36PM
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BRAHnnie_lott

::slowly pulls rod out::

araq Wed 2/25/2009 03:52PM
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Have you seen my new band the Quarrymen?

freemoniez Wed 2/25/2009 04:11PM
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freemoniez

what a joke.

sorry

didnt read the article

so no hard feelings agaisnt "the warlocks"

youngphan Wed 2/25/2009 05:09PM
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in real news.. Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann and Special Guests Confirm Boulder Gig

On February 14, Yonder Mountain String Band announced the cancellation of the February Cabin Fever Tour due to health issues experienced by the wife of guitarist Adam Aijala. Yonder has no more gigs on the docket until the close of March, however Aijala will return to the stage on March 15 in the band's hometown of Boulder. This gig at the Boulder Theater also will include YMSB bassist Ben Kaufmann and "Special Guests." The night prior will see Yonder's Jeff Austin in Denver at the Bluebird Theater for a Jeff Austin & Friends Show featuring Danny Barnes, Billy Nershi and Eric Thorin.

jkuss80 Wed 2/25/2009 05:19PM
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jkuss80

My buddies and I have a band called "Phish". Everyone should check us out. We are in no way affiliated with that Vermont band however.

TheJuice starstarstar Wed 2/25/2009 06:46PM
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TheJuice

get some Tokyo Warlocks kids, globalism at it's best.

theragman Wed 2/25/2009 08:10PM
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i saw this band play with the Merry Pranksters a few years back. It was a hell of a night.

maddmax9 Wed 2/25/2009 09:16PM
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maddmax9

i love you jambase. I thought i was going crazy when i saw the headline.

all your comments make me very happy with the community here.

maddmax9 Wed 2/25/2009 09:19PM
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maddmax9

the only warlocks i know for sure had jerry garcia and acid tests

Skitterbrain Wed 2/25/2009 09:21PM
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"touche....is that why they call you mr.knowitall?"

They call him Mr Know-It-All

He has no time to waste

His mouth it spews pure intellect

And he's such elegant... TASTE!

naaaa naa naa naaaaaaaaaa

kirkbrew Thu 2/26/2009 05:32AM
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kirkbrew

THis band is a lot better looking that the original Warlocks.

Stuckdog1976 star Thu 2/26/2009 05:36AM
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There is only one Warlocks, and these posers aint them......

stankja Thu 2/26/2009 05:55AM
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what the hell is this shit booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 06:41AM
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Regardless of whether it was the first name of the GD or whatever...it doesn't matter! Has this band been living under a rock? Throughout the whole evolution of this band, did no one ever tell them this name was already used? Did their producer not pick up on it? Do they hang out with music novices?

Let's say they didn't use a former band's name, but formed a new group called the Thankful Dead. It's not the same, but you'd have to be totally dense not to catch the similarity.

Hey Warlocks, if you don't get what we're talking about here, ask your parents!

zeus283 Thu 2/26/2009 07:16AM
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zeus283

This band is good but, They have a side project that is way better. It's called the "Dung Beatles"

shutupkids starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 07:31AM
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shutupkids

I'm going to go to one of their shows, and If I don't see Jerry, then I want a FULL refund......you are not going to keep my processing fees.

GeorgieP Thu 2/26/2009 08:42AM
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GeorgieP

Having made the Primus connection with Mr. Knowitall on another thread, I am giving you a thumbs up, Skitterbrain.

SeeTheCitySeeTheZoo Thu 2/26/2009 09:12AM
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SeeTheCitySeeTheZoo

can someone tell me what the "late 90s neo-psychadelic scene" is? hahaha... and how come in the picture jerry looks like an emo kid and they have two donna jeans?

briank67 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 11:06AM
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phishinpanic Thu 2/26/2009 11:15AM
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phishinpanic

" The Australian Warlocks Show"

Putnameter Thu 2/26/2009 11:42AM
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Putnameter

CHANGE YOUR BAND NAME NOW!!!!

rainydaywomen420 Thu 2/26/2009 12:01PM
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rainydaywomen420

on a side note this stuff really isnt bad, i think i would thoughroughly enjoi it if i was on a morphine drip. And who gives a fuck if its the same name, its a bit generic to begin with. When the dead changed their name they opened a dictionary and the first page they landed on had the definition of grateful dead, they dug it. When you really think about it names mean close to nothing, your bands name, your dogs name, your name means nothing its whatever comes with that name that holds any sort of meaning.

BRAHnnie_lott Thu 2/26/2009 01:34PM
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BRAHnnie_lott

kind of exactly like you are doing briank67, what's the word that comes to mind..... oh yeah irony

BRAHnnie_lott Thu 2/26/2009 01:39PM
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BRAHnnie_lott

but who really cares? PHISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hippiedaze Thu 2/26/2009 02:09PM
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Well even though grateful dead started with The Warlocks, it was the name of what is the now velvet underground and both of them dropped the name, and yes i am a die hard gd fan, but really...lets be honest, whats in a name, its all about the music right? can't we all just play nice?? sounds to me like a bunch of people just missed their mornin' burn~

briank67 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 02:15PM
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briank67

"kind of exactly like you are doing briank67, what's the word that comes to mind..... oh yeah irony"

wait what am i doing? some context would make whatever your argument is a lot stronger...

also, no offense, i've never been a fan, but i don't care about phish. i did lol at your 'dude where's my jerry?' comment though.

Putnameter Thu 2/26/2009 02:37PM
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Putnameter

ya know what? Phuck Phish for not letting me get one single ticket.

BRAHnnie_lott Thu 2/26/2009 03:23PM
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BRAHnnie_lott

yeah briank67 sorry, i misread your post but did not realize it til too late

::pulls the rod out a little faster::

Joshc104 star Thu 2/26/2009 06:00PM
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Joshc104

Where's that glassworks kid? He needs to come in here & crack on these poser kids for stealing the band's original name ? I'm sure he would say something like;

GO PHISH-HAMPTON BITCHES !!!

I mean really, the warlocks, r u serious?

Mike'sSong97 Fri 2/27/2009 08:20AM
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The fact that they're supposed to be a psychedelic band makes it that much worse that they stole the dead's second name. This band sounds like every other blonde redhead sounding band. Why am I even wasting my time here? PHISH IS BACK BABY!! Opener at hampton- The Curtain

briank67 Sat 2/28/2009 06:49PM
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briank67

they stole the dead's second name

^^prove it. i already wrote this:

if the actual surviving members of the dead had an opinion about their pride supposedly being compromised by a band "using their name" 30 years after the fact, maybe you'd all have a point. but i don't think phil, bobby, or billy (was mickey even in the band at that point?) has said anything, have they?

iAMuANDwhatIseeISme Tue 3/3/2009 11:34AM
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iAMuANDwhatIseeISme

i agree - the curtain all the way

Putnameter Tue 3/3/2009 02:32PM
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Putnameter

Some for the love of God, someone please sell me a ticket at face!

jzm Fri 5/1/2009 12:17PM
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i don't see what the big deal is. i've been listening to these guys for about eight years and i think they're a great band. letting the fact that their name (a pretty generic one at that) is the same as the original name of the grateful dead (a name they never even recorded under)is pretty sad. i recently played these guys for the biggest dead and phish fan around and he thought it was pretty good. you guys are missing out. too bad.