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Album review: TEKE::TEKE – ‘Shirushi’: a deliciously wonky, delectably trippy psych debut

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BRUM’S garage-psych-doom power trio Table Scraps have, like the rest of us, been busy frying their heads and kicking anxious heels indoors for like: doesn’t it feel like forever now? But they’ve also been busy with the guitar, bass and drums and things, because the lockdown league is one you can play your way out …

RULE one: Japanese bands do brilliant, brilliant things with guitars: this is just fact. From the mind-blowing chaos of Melt-Banana to the heavy psych stylings of Acid Mothers Temple and Bo Ningen, down through the garage-rawk of Guitar Wolf and the dreamy, trippy-hippy psych of Ghost, new and deeper appreciations of how to wield and …

ROY is how Toronto psych scenester Patrick Lefler likes to get dressed for a night on the town, all paisley finery, hookahs and a knack with a lazily excellent dream of Pepperland. He plies his excellent trade for Idée Fixe, a label which noted its first encounter with ROY’s aesthetic while ploughing through the demo …

BROOKLYN’S garage-psych septet Evolfo are shapin’ up good to double the size of their long-playing discography with a June album, Site Out Of Mind, continuing their breathless excursions into the mushroomy and the cosmic that they began four years back on Last Of The Acid Cowboys with glittering nuggets like “Bloody Bloody Knife” and “Luv …

MONTREAL’S adopted TEKE:TEKE, the Japanese psych-prog-garage septet who are busy doing all the great things Japanese bands do to trippy guitar music, have released another little cracker ahead of their early May debut for Kill Rock Stars. It’s called “Yoru Ni” and it’s a delicious swirl of back-from-the-grave surf twang, trilling flutes, riffs, cooing vocals, …

Take a deep breath. Detroit rock ‘n’ rollers The Stools have put out a new EP, Carpool. And it’s gonna frighten, bully and finally batter you into submission. With four songs, all coming in under the two minute barrier, it’s like an assault driven by gravelly guitars, frenetic drumming, and shouted vocals that leave you, …

JAPANESE psych-rock septet TEKE::TEKE, who these days call not only Montreal but Kill Rock Stars home, are pleased as punch to reveal their debut set for the label, Shirushi, will be released on May 7th. And so are we, so are we: pleased as punch, that is. The band formed in 2018, initially just for …

COMING atcha from their roots as an actual, proper, garage punk band – they formed from auditions held in guitarist Sebastian Ulstad Olsen’s garage, what’s not to like? – Norway’s power punk five piece Death By Unga Bunga have shared one final, super-infectious nugget on the trail blazing towards their album, Heavy Male Insecurity, which will …

There’s so many ideas in Witch Egg, from so many genres and eras: mod, krautrock, free jazz, even acid jazz; they’re arrived at, explored at once, captured, moved on from. It speaks much of the restless creativity at the heart of this, John Dwyer. It’s quite a journey for a fringe music head

WITH a new album, Heavy Male Insecurity, just around the corner, Norwegian power-pop punkers Death By Unga Bunga have released a video for another come-hither, “Egocentric”, which you can watch below. It’s a bit of a banger, with that trademark DBUB attention to fuzz and melody, all wrapped up in basketball court shenanigans. And there’s intelligence …