THE OCULAR AUDIO EXPERIMENT - Laughing DreamsAlmost four years ago, I picked up on a band from the Boston area (Somerville, MA, to be precise) who were producing a hypnotic and doom-laden brand of psych music. I say ‘band’ but at that time THE OCULAR AUDIO EXPERIMENT was really just Alex Pollock experimenting with the sound. In his bedroom.

That year, 2012 was a prolific year for Alex, with the release of ‘The Witch’s Whispering Tomes,‘ (parts 1 & 2 of the ‘double album,’ were released about a month apart) followed at the year end by another album, ‘Ghoul. ‘

By now, Alex had a performing band around him and live shows followed, which resulted in some excellent feedback. (That’s verbal feedback. Not the guitar.)

And then, just when it looked like some momentum had been built – nothing. All went quiet.

Alex takes up the story:

“I’ve kept myself busy since the band’s multi-release year of 2012. It’s been a bit long coming, but the results are starting to bubble up; “Alive” is the band’s first single off the new LP, Laughing Dreams, which was self-released in late February, 2016.In keeping with the DIY approach, it was produced, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by myself, in three bedrooms and a closet.”

” I’d describe Laughing Dreams as a nine song love-letter experiment to conventional psychedelic rock, folk, doom and pop. It draws upon and aspires towards the blending of influences such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Velvet Underground, High On Fire, Black Angels, Spacemen 3, Mercury Rev, BRMC, Cave In, The Warlocks, Echo & The Bunnymen and a long roster of others. Those are all groups and individuals who have, for whatever reason, inspired me to try and give the best of myself toward what I like about music. I just wanted to pay tribute to that spirit and try to do something great without being anybody special or extraordinary.”

Alex seems keen to play it all down, which is a rather refreshing trait in the music business. Sure, this type of music is ‘niche,’ and won’t appeal to everyone. But ‘Laughing Dreams,’ is in my opinion, the band’s most accessible release to date. I hear a bit more ‘folk’ influences drifting in and out these tracks, and less of the ‘doom.’ It’s definitely lighter overall than previous recordings.

If you’re into psych or drone music, or just like ‘underground’ or ‘outsider’ music in general …. then spread the word.

Good to have you back, Alex!

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LIINES: ‘Blackout.’

LINESNot that they really need much of a leg-up from likes of LOUD HORIZON, but Manchester three-piece LIINES sent us notice of their latest video, to accompany the track, ‘Blackout.’

With Loud Horizon being on a bit of a hiatus for the past year or so, this band had escaped us. But thankfully, some of the more established names of the ‘new music’ scene have been more attentive.  With the likes of Louder Than War; BBC 6Music; Radio X and The Quietus all on their side, then you’d be daft not to consider the band a s likely contenders  for the various year-end polls (which seem to be produced earlier and earlier every year for some reason.)

So here it is – ‘Blackout’ – a gloriously dark, sub three-minute rampage through everything from old school punk to that indeterminate term, post punk. With vocals that seem to meld Poly Styrene with Andrea Zollo of Pretty Girls Make Graves, and a brooding bassline overlaid with a buzzing guitar, the formula’s just about perfect.

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THEATRE ROYAL: ‘Standing In The Land.’

Photo courtesy of Man in the Attic Photography

Photo courtesy of Man in the Attic Photography

Long time LOUD HORIZON favourites, THEATRE ROYAL are nearing completion of their fourth album, wit just some final tweaking to be completed in Ranscombe studios on April 17th.

An album title has been provisionally assigned, though still top secret it would seem, and ideas for the artwork are coming to fruition.

” It seems like this album has been a long-time in the making but we’ve actually spent only a short time in the studio. It’s just been a fragmented process due to getting funds together etc…The joys of amateurism!” says vocalist Oliver Burgess.

Meantime, the lads have released a new track, inspired by the current refugee crisis, through their Bandcamp page. ‘Standing In The Land,’ is a poignant, acoustic track with an instant hook, the profits from which will be donated to the  Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières charity.

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PEYOTE COYOTE: ‘Peyote Coyote EP’


PEYOTE COYOTE are a psychedelic indie rock trio from Pompano Beach, Florida.

Guitarist and vocalist Ryan Huseman, bassist Jake Stuart and drummer Cari Gee met at Florida Atlantic University as music students in 2012. After collaborating on many different projects together, the three formed Peyote Coyote in late 2014. With each member bringing their own set of influences to the group, the band have created their own brand of psychedelic rock that’s characterized by hypnotic grooves, catchy riffs and vocal harmonies.

I haven’t asked, but I’m guessing if I were to, Peyote Coyote would count the likes of Black Angels, possibly early Sleepy Sun and even Oasis amongst their favourite bands.

Yes – I said Oasis. Perhaps not your most obvious reference point when talking about psych / modern psychedelic bands, but think on: what band they openly credit for influence?

There must be millions of bands out there, all striving for that little bit of originality. But with so much gone before and a finite number of musical notes, it’s inevitable that comparisons will be made. Especially on this site!

I wouldn’t say Peyote Coyote actually sound specifically like those bands mentioned, but  like a good wine, the traces are noticeable.

Where they score over a plethora of other psych bands, I think, is the blend of almost classic-styled rock with their psych-fused drones and harmonies.

For instance, and particularly so, with the opening song on this five-track, eponymous EP.
‘Evil Things,’ has a harder edge to it than many Black Angels numbers. And check the pounding drums. This is one song simply demanding to be listened to. Without knowing of the band previously, I was genuinely excited when I first watched this on You Tube.

Follow Through,’ for me reflects a little Oasis. The vocals are not so much snarled as Liam’s would be, but they have that sort of cocky assurance he portrayed, while the guitar soars above the throbbing bass line. This one could equally be ‘single’ material – if such a thing even exists these days.

‘Finding My Way,’ drops in pace, but not intensity. The balance, as with all the songs here, between vocals and guitar riffs versus solo, works really well and maintains the listener’s attention throughout. The harmonies, I presume, with drummer Cari work really well. This one has an almost anthemic feel to it, and for my money, could easily be extended by a few minutes with a couple more big guitar ‘wig-outs.’

I’ll be honest, while I still enjoyed ‘Desert,’ it seems to be lacking that little extra bit of ‘oomph’ that the other track have. For me, it’s a mid-set, recuperation period for the punters in the front row at a Peyote Coyote gig. Something to allow everyone a few minutes to gather themselves for the second half onslaught. I’m not knocking it – it just has a lot to live up to. But I’d be interested to know if this remains in the band’s set list once they have built up a more extensive back catalogue.

The final track is the more downbeat ‘Another Song.’ Now this is better. Back on track, guys! It does remind me of the slow burning Psychic Ills or Sleepy Sun – but that’s a good thing, believe me.

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This EP, their debut, is set to be released in April 2016 through their music collective, The Infinite Channel, with a performance at Mandala Music Festival and a regional tour to follow.

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(As I gradually begin to revamp LOUD HORIZON, I’m going to instigate a star ranking with the highest mark being seven. l like to be different.)

So – Peyote Coyote’s debut offering? Simply because I don’t feel I can go ‘max’ on the first review of the ‘new’ blog  – as still excellent (6/7)

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THE GAA GAAS: ‘Close Your Eyes.’

The Gaa Gaa's - drumI mentioned a few weeks ago that this was on its way. It doesn’t disappoint, either musically or visually.

If you don’t love this, no offense, but you’re probably looking at the wrong blog.

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SPIRAL VORTEX - logo - 200SPIRAL VORTEX, a psych / rock group from the small, rural town of Huelquen, situated about 40 miles south east of Santiago, continue their rise to global appreciation when they appear at this year’s SXSW festival in Texas.

Of course, Loud Horizon has been a big supporter of the band from long before their star began to rise. Regrettably, I could not make it to last year’s Liverpool Psych Fest, where the band made their first UK appearance, but hopefully it won’t be too long before European promoters pick up on these guys and we have more opportunity to sample their music first hand.

SPIRAL VORTEX - November 2015

(‘Loop Sand’ is taken from the band’s first album, ‘Cimatica.)

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THE BULLS: ‘Small Problems.’

THE BULLSLos Angeles based THE BULLS, have released a video to compliment the title track of their latest EP. Essentially the band of Anna Bulbrook (The Airborne Toxic Event) and Marc Sallis (The Duke Spirit and more importantly, ex-editor of Artrocker Magazine) the duo have been making a big impression with their brand of shoegaze / psych / rock.

I’ve not got a heck of a lot to write, so best I just crack on and show you the excellent footage.

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