Bitchin Bajas began in 2010 as a solo side project for Cave's guitarist Cooper Crain. Equally psychedelic but decidedly less aggressive than Crain's primary band, Bitchin Bajas chooses textural exploration over rhythmic force. The project quickly became prolific in its release of music, and was expanded to a trio with the inclusion of Mahjongg's Dan Quinlivan and Rob Frye (also of Cave). Lately they have been releasing on indie giant Drag City, and collaborating with like minds as diverse as Natural Information Society, Bonny "Prince" Billy and filmmaker Olivia Wyatt.
Formed in the mid-nineties, Colour Haze is one of the oldest German stoner outfits, and one of the flagships of the local scene. Emerging from a sound heavily influenced by Black Sabbath & Grand Funk Railroad on their first records, they evolved from a heavy to a more melodic sound. The lineup has remained unchanged for nearly 20 years: Stefan (guitar & vocals), Manfred (drums) and Philipp (bass) form a power trio that has consistently won the hearts and ears of a loyal fanbase that is ever growing. Since 2003, the band has been releasing all their albums through Stefan's own label “Elektrohasch Schallplatten”, making them a true DIY force.
These guys don't make any excuse for themselves - heavy riffs and psychedelic vibes are the front and center on the agenda. Another strong proponent of the Belgian psychedelic guitar underground, Grotto deals in slightly proggy instrumental spacerock hymns that completely suck you into the vortex. Elder's Nick Disalvo is a fan, and signed them to the Stickman Records imprint. For more proof, look no further than their recent passage at Desertfest Antwerp '19.
Kikagaku Moyo (Japanese for "geometric patterns") are a Tokyo-based psychedelic rock band whose sound incorporates elements of Krautrock, Indian ragas, and acid folk. They released a series of records on Guruguru Brain, a label founded by two members of the band to promote Eastern psychedelic music in the West. With heavy, crushing jams balanced by more contemplative moments, Kikagaku Moyo recalls Japanese psych groups like Acid Mothers Temple and Ghost, as well as their predecessors such as Far East Family Band and the Flower Travellin' Band. Live the band is no less than phenomenal, taking you on a trip to their very own personal universe.
Welcome to the "cosmic wall of sound": psychedelic vibes, stoner rock grooves with a prog twist, instrumental music that invites you on a stellar journey through the mind. Monkey3 started in 2001 in Lausanne (Switzerland) as a jam-band community, influences ranging from Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, to Kyuss and 35007. Over a 14-year career, they have released 6 albums of decidedly cosmic music that loves melding heavy riffing with proggy keyboards. During this time, the Swiss quartet have toured everywhere in Europe, supporting the greatest acts and playing the best festivals including Hellfest, all the Desertfests, Burg-Herzberg, Freak Valley...and still the story goes on !
San Francisco's Moon Duo was formed in 2009 by Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (Wooden Shjips). Inspired initially by the legendary duo of John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Moon Duo counts such variant groups as Silver Apples, Royal Trux, Moolah, Suicide, and Cluster as touchstones. Throughout the years have consistently expanded on their core sound of motoric beats, synth bass and Ripley's space guitar. This culminated in 2017's double concept album 'Occult Architecture', based on the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang, light vs. dark. As disorienting as the music can be, the eye-scorching visual live show takes it to a whole new outer dimension.
Los Angeles-based neo-psych sorcerer Morgan Delt first appeared in early 2013 with the limited-edition tape release 'Psychic Death Hole'. Six songs were enough to establish a unique sound that sounded like a whirlwind vision of all the best '60s acid-tripping jangle rock bands rolled into one, the madness offset by some surprisingly tight songwriting. In 2014, the tape was expanded into a self-titled debut album. After signing with Sub Pop, Delt self-recorded the follow-up 'Phase Zero', a less frantic but still intoxicating invocation of classic west coast psychedelia. Meanwhile, Delt has surrounded himself with a tight band to translate his peculiar psychedelic vision to the stage.
Radio Moscow was named after an obscure 60s garage punk novelty single. The power trio led by Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula: Crunching, heavy Sabbath-style chords topped with fiery solos that can legitimately be called Hendrixian. Radio Moscow plant their flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet. The sound is unabashedly retro, so it’s easy to see how it caught the ear of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced their 2007 self-titled debut. A relentless touring schedule and a slew of killer albums have earned the band an enthusiastic following throughout the years.
'Samsara' - the Sanskrit word for 'journey' that denotes the endless life cycle of death and rebirth. 'Blues' - the fundament where it all comes from. And finally, 'Experiment' - every show is a new adventure, for the band as well as their audience. For ten years now, the Berlin-based trio has passionately blended blues-infused heavy psych, stoner and space rock in extended jams that sometimes venture into hypnotic krautrock territory. Quite fittingly, they have named their DIY record label 'Electric Magic', because that is truly their trade. Throughout the years, they've weaved their psychedelic spell over crowds all over Europe, USA, South-America, and all the way to New Zealand.
Wand is another one of the many prolific projects to emerge from the L.A. garage underground that produced Mikal Kronin and Ty Segall. Founder Cory Hanson provided the main bulk of the sludgy psychedelic garage on the first three albums, but with the addition of two members to the initial power trio came a more democratic approach. Both '1000 Days' (2015) and 'Plum' (2017) embraced classic and indie rock stylings, while the live shows remain as intense as ever. The upcoming new album 'Laughing Matter' promises an even more adventurous path, adding 'parable, travel diary, pep talk and lullaby' to the mix.
Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between woozy freeness tightly wound simplicity. Guitarist-singer Ripley Johnson formed the band in San Francisco in 2003, originally conceiving the band as a loose collection of untrained musicians that would gather to jam. Settling into a regular line-up, the band became a live sensation as well as gaining more media attention as their work moved from spaced freakouts to to melodically direct songs.