chicago's west side will never be mistaken for flowers-yer-hair late 60s san fran or lysergic london from the same time period, but one would certainly be very amiss to think that the creativity bubbling over in chicago's psych scene is second rate......there's some strange, adventurous and enticing sounds emanating from chicago's dive bars, loft shows and run down former warehouses..... and every day there seems to be a new killer band that just lives down the street from TINY GROOVES HQ......
the newest being ENERGY GOWN...... an upstart drone meets psych band whose debut 7 inch I WATCH THE SUN is one of the most entrancing singles i've spun all year long......
time-warping fuzz-soaked hallucinogenic experimental rock that's cheaper and more powerful than yr next tab of acid,
let's just say ENERGY GOWN are more than ready to blown yer mind.......
forget all those bands getting hyped at Austin Psych Fest.....I WATCH THE SUN is the real deal...... garage thump washed in eastern tinged, krautrock-coated nightmare psych, ENERGY GOWN take cues from local compadres CAVE and PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SOUND, but dive head first in the vortex of SOFT MACHINE, CAN, LES RALLIZES DENUDES, AMON DUUL II, HAWKWIND and ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE.... yes !!! this is not some second rate boring psych that panders to the mainstream or merely cops a move from spacemen 3...... I WATCH THE SUN is a full on journey to the darker corners of your mind...... and though a single seems like the wrong format for a band intent of droning on and stretching out the structures of psych rock, these three songs are succinct and avoid the excess jamming that traps many good experimental bands in their own conceit.......
i certainly hope ENERGY GOWN has a long player on the way,
cause if this single is just a taste, i need more.....and soon........
FUCKING RECOMMENDED!WEAR THE GROOVES OUT LIKE I'M DOING.
and don't miss the chance to
CHECK ENERGY GOWN OUT IN A DIVE NEAR YOU -
April 19~ Chicago @ BLUELAGOON-SendOffShow w/E.T. Habit, SpecialGuests
April 20~ Cincinnati @ The Drinkery w/ Children of the Emerald Fire
April 21~ Louisville @ Magbar
April 22~ Bloomington, IN(recording)
April 23~ Bloomington @ RootCellar w/ BloodyMess
April 24~ Bloomington(recording)
April 25~ Indianapolis w/ PeoplesTemple
April 26~ Columbus, OH @ Bourbon St. Cafe
April 27~ Champaign, IL @ thee death tower
April 28~ Chicago @ CobraLounge w/ Peoples Temple/Moonrises
WATCH THEIR VIDEO
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