Love the sound these guys make, This is exactly what I expected after "Helicon" from this totally awesome Band. They certainly have their particular psyche sound. Well done guys, well worth the wait.
Favorite track: Come On Get Off.
Glasgow psych-rock heavyweights Helicon have been blowing minds across the UK with their esoteric noise for the best part of a decade; huge walls of cosmic, motorik noise colliding head-on with strung-out Sitar-led jams and nihilistic fuzz to magnificent effect. After picking up a notorious reputation for their live show and releasing a handful of EPs, it wasn’t until 2017 that Helicon released their long-overdue self-titled debut album on Fuzz Club - a declaration of intent that proved beyond any doubt why the band had become such a prominent face within the UK psych scene. Just over a year later and Helicon are set to release a new three-track EP titled Zero Fucks on January 11th 2019.
Recorded live, mixed and produced in one day at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio, the new EP is comprised of three instrumentals that strip things down to their raw fundamentals and allow the band's expansive song-writing to take centre-stage. Talking about the EP, vocalist and guitarist John-Paul Hughes explains: “We wrote the tracks on this record as we were preparing to tour ahead of Fuzz Club Eindhoven 2018. We wanted some new high-energy material for our live set and these three tracks went down so well in Eindhoven that we decided to get into the studio as quickly as possible to record them and try to capture what was happening at that moment.”
Opening track ‘Phil Mitchell’d’ is a full-throttle kosmische freak-out about “getting off your fucking nut and causing carnage”, inspired by one particularly-ridiculous drunken night out involving a DJ set from Steve McFadden (Phil from Eastenders), wrestling with door-staff and watching a middle-aged couple get it on on the dancefloor while staring everyone out. ‘Come On Get Off’ is propelled by a “good old rip-snorting guitar riff that hooks you into a loop from the start and refuses to let go” and ‘I Hate Everyone But I Quite Like You’ begins as a soft washed-out psychedelic haze before unravelling into a warped far-out groove: “Like the title, it’s a song of two halves that completely shifts in dynamic halfway through. The way your life does when someone completely different comes into it. It’s probably about as close to a love song as we’d ever write.”
Hailing from the East (Kilbride), Helicon have mastered the art of layering guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and placing a sitar shaped cherry on top on this 2015 outing.... In A Sad Red Dusk. The b-side, We're Gaun Tae The Moon is a drums heavy dog walk through a Doors tinged wilderness, before they take the reigns and finish with a "neo-psyche" chase into the kaleidoscopic blackness ahead. Cool. David Currie
The Oscillation are one of the best bands in the world. I have all the recent stuff on vinyl and was delighted to pick this harder-to-find earlier LP off via Bandcamp. These tunes are a bit more crisp and punchy than the later stuff with an obvious nod to Spacemen 3/Spiritualized and show them at an earlier stage of their psych journey. Needless to say, it is brilliant, panoramic, adrenaline-fuelled and life-affirming stuff. deadshotkeen
Psychedelic Rock reminiscent of early Catherine Wheel and Ride - not a bad thing. Quality musicianship and great use of spoken word sample on You Had It All - possibly Terence McKenna? Update - sample is Alan Watts - thanks to the Angry Arab for putting me right! RIYL Superfjord, Sundial circa 'Other Way Out' and the above. kooper66