From the very best new drones from around the globe to the pioneering graphic face of psychedelia, The Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia is here to expand your mind and enrich your very being.
The festival will take place at Liverpool’s newest and flyest hotspot; Camp & Furnace – a converted former industrial furnace in the city’s buoyant Baltic Triangle.
Expect more kaleidoscopic delights TBA.
THE TIME & SPACE MACHINE
The first act to be confirmed for the Psych Fest THE TIME & SPACE MACHINE source the best bits of vintage and modern pyschedelia and recasts it into startling new forms. Booked to play Liverpool earlier in the year, the gig was postponed as the concept for the Psych Fest began to take shape with T+SM playing a central role.
The band’s headline slot at LIFP represents something of a homecoming for bandleader Richard Norris, whose Liverpool club The Hangout in the mid-80s, featured playlists stuffed with psych and garage classics. Aside from T+SM, Richard is one half of in-demand remixers Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, whose 2010 debut album Reanimations Vol.1 was warmly received.
Live, T+SM appear as a quintet, constructing their huge hypnotic psych jams from swirling Hammond organ, woozy melltoron, phasing backwards guitars all wrapped in massive space echo and backed by a stunning lightshow. Forthcoming LP Taste The Lazer was recently trailed by ‘Pill Party in India’, which picked up heavy airplay on BBC 6Music and was descried as “incredible” by DJ Lauren Laverne.
T+SM’s set at Psych Fest follows a busy schedule of summer festivals for the band including appearances at Standon Calling and Green Man.
Proclaimed “Icelandic psychedelic overlords” by The Quietus,mighty drone rockers DEAD SKELETONS make their Liverpool debut at LIFP. Coming to world attention via a MySpace upload of their mesmeric ‘Dead Mantra’ track in 2008, the band amassed a huge buzz in cyberspace without anyone knowing about them beyond the solitary track. Critical praise from The Stool Pigeon, The Guardian and The Quietus followed in quick succession.
The mantra in question, ‘He who fears death cannot enjoy life’ is applied to the band’s music, a forward-thinking collision of hypnotic vocals, fuzzy guitars, endlessly looped basslines and motorik beats. Led by visual artist Jón ‘Nonni Dead’ Sæmundur along with Henrik Björnsson, Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt and guests, the band counted Brian Jonestown Massacre mainman Anton Newcombe amongst their members late last decade.
Debut LP Dead Magick, released on 11.11.11 (the date chosen due to ‘planetary alignments’) quickly sold out its initial pressing and was swiftly followed by a second batch of vinyl. Hailed by The Guardian as “pure rock ’n’ roll magic’, the band will come away from the Psych Fest with scores of new converts.
The first British act to sign to revered US independent label Jagjaguwar, WOLF PEOPLE stake out similar sonic territory as prog-psych figureheads Wooden Shjips, with hints of late ’60s Brit blues rock giants Cream and Traffic. Led by singer/guitarist Jack Sharp, the quartet released two albums in acclaimed LPs in 2010, Tidings and Steeple with the NME commending the band for their “Righteous, groove-heavy psych-rock that weaves different eras and styles.”
Tidings, issued for CD for the first time earlier this year after its initial appearance on vinyl in 2010 brought those unfortunate not to have heard of the band previously to greater attention. The Line of Best Fit hailed the album as “a relaxed and fluent assemblage, entwined in a gorgeous psychedelic, blues-rock holy matrimony.” Tiny Mix Tapesmeanwhile stated “Tidings is a journey down a strip of tape from one reel to the other… it’s a little warped and damaged, but that’s what gives it its character; the insane parts make the most sense of all.”
A man who needs almost no introduction, guitarist WILL SERGEANT has been the creative nucleus and only permanent member of Liverpool legends Echo & The Bunnymen since their formation in 1978.
While Will’s instantly recognisable spikey guitar sound, one of the most influential in British pop is his calling card, he has also made several forays into ambient and psychedelic pastures. 1978 debut solo album Weird As Fish, a series of sound/art tapes, limited to seven ultra-rare copies served notice of his interest in the field and was released 18 months before the Bunnymen’s Top 10 debut LP Crocodiles. Weird Fish was eventually given a full release in 2003, and gained a four-star review from Uncut.
Will’s ambient/psychedelic instrumental project Glide was unveiled in 1997 with well-received LP Space Age Freak Out, the release coinciding with the Bunnymen’s triumphant comeback that year with ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ and Evergreen. Glide went on to open for the Bunnymen on tour in the early 2000s and second album Curvature Of The Earth was released in 2004. In addition to all this and a burgeoning, critically acclaimed career as an artist, Will appeared on fellow Psych Fest act Baltic Fleet’s eponymous debut 2008 LP
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