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We’ve witnessed the revival of psychedelic-garage rock over the past ten years. Two places, in particular, have spawned the growth of bands that have revolutionized the genre – Australia with the likes of Wolfmother, Tame Impala, Pond, and countless of emerging indie bands; and California led by Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and Moon Duo. But there are plenty of bands and artists doing their part to make the genre part of the mainstream once again, such as Heaters.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, the trio of Andrew Tamlyn, Nolan Krebs, and Joshua Korf have released their debut album, Holy Water Pool, which was anticipated in these parts. Their eleven-track record is mind-blowing and deliriously awesome album. Holy Water Pool is filled with reverb and distortion, guitar hooks that levitate and blister, and Tamlyn’s soaring vocals.
Unlike some of their contemporaries, Heaters aren’t necessarily adding their own spin to psychedelia. Instead, they’re reviving the classic sound of bands like T-Rex, Cream, and The Byrds. They’ve also channeled The Brian Jonestown Massacre on several tracks, such as the fantastic “Master Splinter”, the bluesy garage rocker “Sanctuary Blues”, and the high-octane “Bad Beat”. Both tracks are blistering, insane tracks that belong on any playlist.
But it is on the psychedelic tracks where they shine. Whether on mid-tempo songs like “Kamikaze” and the mind-bending “Propane”, pulsating tracks like “Detonator Eyes” and “Honey”, or the reverb stargazers “Hawaiian Holiday” or “Dune Ripper”, Heaters have recreated that kaleidoscope sound that psychedelic-rock fans have grown to love. It’s like being transported back to the ’70s when psych-rock reached its zenith.
The one song, however, that demonstrates Heaters’ mastery of the genre is “Gum Drop”. Most people will associate psychedelia with fast-paced, delirious tracks, but the great psych-rock bands had the ability to slow things down and create scintillating, dreamy tracks that verged on shoegaze. With “Gum Drop”, Heaters have released such a track. It is a mind-blowing, hallucinating song that is simply outstanding.
Why and how very few people know about Heaters are questions difficult to explain. Soon, however, music fans will be flocking to hear them because their psychedelic rock is just too good to ignore. This is a band that should and must be heard.
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