Indie = Psychedelia

Indie = Psychedelia in 2018

by Peter Marchant

In 2014 I was introduced to my friend’s new boyfriend who was a massive fan of ‘psych’ music, especially one band in particular: ‘The Brian Jonestown Massacre’. I had played guitar in ‘indie’ and ‘pop’ bands for my entire performing life and yet I somehow managed to miss this strange term. However, four years on and I am now fronting an outfit that I can categorically say is a ‘psych’ band (short for Psychedelic Rock or Pop by the way).
It turns out that this was a genre that I had been into for years without even realising it. The Beatles, Oasis, Kasabian, MGMT…these were all bands that I loved and simply considered to be Rock or Indie bands. My new friend encouraged me to delve deeper into his Spotify playlist and into the fuzzed out, reverby world of psychedelic rock.
2018 is a crucial time for this ‘macro-genre’ (as I call it) as we are seeing more bands than ever who would have previously been considered all-out indie now playing very ‘spacey’ and ethereal sounding music, strongly influenced by artists of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Indie = Psychedelia

Indie = Psychedelia

A perfect example of this is Arctic Monkeys, whose album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’ was released on the day I wrote this. As a guitarist, one of the first things that you notice when the needle drops on this record is that there is hardly any guitar…or so it seems. The guitar is used, but sparingly. When there is guitar it’s never a conventional crunchy, twangy Fender Stratocaster sound that is so closely associated with their first two albums. For example, towards the end of the first track ‘Star Treatment’ a guitar part (finally) comes in, which acts like a call and response with the ‘Beach Boys sounding, palm muted, melodic and guitar-like’ bassline. The effect on this guitar part is more accurately described as a subtle ‘fuzz’ sound more than a crunch or distortion, with a clipping characteristic that is typical of tape saturation. Even the chord progression in this section of the song is classic psychedelia. The chord progression Cm to F repeating is reminiscent of that used in Pink Floyd’s ‘Great Gig in the Sky’ when that famous vocal solo kicks in (the chords being Gm to C repeating). A far cry from their days of playing ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ in 2006. See what spaced out inspiration lies in the more recent music of those indie bands of days gone by.
Other examples: The Coral – ‘Sweet Release’, Foals – ‘What Went Down’, Gaz Coombes (formerly of Supergrass) – ‘Walk The Walk’, Phantom Isle – ‘Focus’ (my band!)

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Great Guitar Albums Oasis Definitely Maybe

THE MOMENT: DEFINITELY MAYBE

LGA pupil Kyran walks us through Great Guitar UK Guitar Albums kicking off with the supersonic first album by Oasis Definitely Maybe.

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There are moments for every music lover where a certain album or song changes the course of your life, whether it is discovering the Beatles from your grandparents, or the moment after an adolescent heartbreak you hear Morrissey groan “Please, please let me get what I want” and it all begins to make sense.

Whatever your moment is, it is at that point we decide how we will dress, speak and act. There are of course can be more than one. My first ‘moment’ was falling in love with Definitely Maybe.

Great Guitar Albums Oasis Definitely Maybe

Great Guitar Albums Oasis Definitely Maybe

Specifically the first time I heard Live Forever. I remember watching the music video: The 16 bar drum intro comes in as the camera focused on Liam Gallagher, sat on a chair suspended high on a wall, my imagination was captured. The video ends with Noel Gallagher burying soon to be ex drummer Tony McCarroll in a garden. I had two thoughts; I need to learn how to play guitar and get myself an Adidas Firebird jacket (I still have the one I bought of EBay at the age of 13).

The album is a fantastic bit of work that fully embodies what it means to be youthful, optimistic and truly captures that energy. Definitely Maybe wears its influences very much on its sleeve, the melodic chord structures of every song allude to a songwriter in Noel Gallagher who clearly worshipped at the alter of The Beatles, hints of The Stooges and Sex Pistols guitar sound run through tracks like Bring it on Down and Rock n Roll Star and even tracks like Shakermaker or up in the Sky would not have been out of place on a Kinks album circa the Village Green era or a psychedelic 60’s compilation.

The production behind the album is unique, according to producer Owen Morris; he was the first person to pioneer a method of mixing called “Brick walling”. This method involves the use of a box causing sound compression of the initial track (it causes the hiss at the beginning of Cigarettes and Alcohol) and is then mixed to be on the red line on the mixing desk. Morris is very adamant about the effect this had “ that first year in jukeboxes around the country Oasis came on louder than anyone else”.

The recording of the album was not smooth sailing, twice the album was scraped, the first version was recorded in Mono Valley, Wales and the second attempt saw Noel Gallagher and sound engineer Mark Coyle try to mix and produce the record. The issues surrounding the record were primarily to do with the sound and the initial sessions didn’t capture the energy and sound that make up the Oasis sound. The best example is the early recording of Slide Away (It can be found on YouTube), while beautiful it doesn’t quite carry the energy that the final album mix would.

I could go on and on about this album but finally I want to point at how special the album is lyrically. Live Forever contains my favourite lyric on any song “we’ll see things they’ll never see”. This lyric perfectly summarises a special relationship. Even on a song like ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ which lyrically overall isn’t fantastic, it still includes a fantastic line “These could be the best days of our lives”.

The album will always hold a special place in British music for many people but for many like me, it is “the moment”, whatever your moment or moments, they are incredibly special. Whether you agree with my choice, no doubt you will be able to identify with a similar album that made you fall in love with music.

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BLACK BAT LICORICE – JACK WHITE

Jack White has become sort of a modern guitar icon, referencing the past and time travelling it forward to the ears of the future, a traditional blues spaceman if you while, and this is part of the many reasons I find it very difficult not to love Jack White.

From his second full length solo record ‘Lazaretto’ is the track ‘Black Bat Licorice’. The track itself is this ever evolving piece of music which presents that kind of post modern mania that Jack White has been to seen to explore in his more recent releases.

However, its all about the opening riff to Black Bat Licorice – featuring an octaver type sound and a groove that wouldnt be out of place in a Rage Against The Machine song, the riff somehow feels completely at home in marrachi setting, whilst teetering on the edge of something one could hear on the Adams Family – Now, if that description makes you curious and rightly so, listen to the track here –

15 STEP – RADIOHEAD

It seems hard to remember now, but once upon a time Radiohead were a guitar bearing brit pop band, but in what seems light years ago, it seemed they were slowly abandoning our silly six stringed friend, guitars were featuring less and less on each release, and it felt as if Radiohead were taking the deep plunge into Aphex Twin / Berlin Diskotek territory.

This was until their 2007 release ‘In Rainbows’, not only had Radiohead brought back the prominence of the guitar in this record, but in melding it with their previous electronic exploration, they had found a new use and sonic space for it.

This brings us to track one from In Rainbows ’15 step’. Set upon a 5/4 rhythm which sounds as if popcorn is popping with excitement within your ears comes Jonny Greenwood and his signature telecaster sound. Once again the riff is simple, yet so complimentary – it has this 60’s surf feel, but in the same breath it would not be out of place in a lounge jazz bar.

I could rave on, but as most things Radiohead, its best experienced in seeing them do it live. Watch a live performance on the track here –

 

 

 

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New Jimi Hendrix album to be released

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Jimi HendrixThe album shows off “new, experimental directions” Hendrix was exploring

Twelve previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix tracks are to be released on a new album next year.

The late musician’s website revealed the songs on People, Hell and Angels were recorded in 1968 and 1969.

It is thought Hendrix had intended them for First Rays Of The New Rising Sun, his follow-up to Electric Ladyland, which he was working on when he died.

The album is due to be released in the US on 5 March, although a UK release date has yet to be set.

Hendrix’s website said the tracks suggest “new, experimental directions”, as he worked on material separate from the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

It added he explored “fresh diversions from his legendary guitar work”, trying out horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar.

Rolling Stone magazine revealed the album’s cover artwork on Wednesday.

Hendrix is also about to hit cinemas around the world, with his set from the 1969 Woodstock festival released later this month.

It will be screened at more than 30 cinemas across the UK from 29 November to celebrate 70 years since the musician’s birth.

The reassembled archive footage captures Hendrix premiering a new band and performing tracks such as Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Fire, Purple Haze and a rendition of Star Spangled Banner.

Sir Paul McCartney joins Hillsborough single

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Sir Paul McCartney has joined the line-up for a charity single supporting the Hillsborough campaign.

The track, which is favourite to be Christmas number one, has had its first play in Liverpool in front of families of victims of the 1989 disaster.

Robbie Williams, former Spice Girl Mel C and Gerry Marsden are among the other stars on the cover of The Hollies’ 1969 hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.

Bookmakers expect it to beat the X Factor winner to the festive top spot.

Ninety-six Liverpool football fans died in a crush at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield during an FA Cup semi final in 1989.

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Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James was among them, said listening to the new version was emotional because James had bought her the original on record just three weeks before he died.

“When I was listening to it, to be honest with you, it was sad because I just shut my eyes and I saw my son handing me the record,” she said.

“I thought, maybe he’s handing me this new version and saying ‘listen to this’.”

Mrs Aspinall chairs the Hillsborough Family Support Group and said it was important that Sir Paul, who sings and plays guitar on the track, was on board.

“He decided to do it and I think that’s lovely because he’s from Liverpool, he knows how Liverpool people work and he understands us,” she said.

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The single release comes after a report found that police officers’ statements were altered after the tragedy and up to 41 lives could potentially have been saved if the response of the emergency services had been swifter.

Proceeds from the single, which is released on 17 December, will go towards legal costs in the families’ continued fight for justice.

Gerry Marsden, who fronted chart-topping Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers, said: “The original was fantastic so we just hope we did as good a job with his one as The Hollies did with the original.

“I think we have, I think it’s a good job. We’ve all tried very hard to make it a success and it would be nice if it can be in the charts for Christmas.”

X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Holly Johnson and The Clash guitarist Mick Jones are among the other musicians on the recording.

They joined former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, comedian John Bishop and Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram on the line-up, which was put together under the name The Justice Collective by Robbie Williams’ former songwriting partner Guy Chambers.

The song is 1/2 favourite to be Christmas number one with bookmakers Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power. Its nearest rival is the eventual X Factor winner at 2/1, according to William Hill and Paddy Power.

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