The Neighbourhood Strange — The Neighbourhood Strange / Wytches Sky
(LSD Records THENS001V, 2016, 7" / CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-06-22
The Neighbourhood Strange is a young new garage-psych rock band that formed not too far from Stonehenge in 2015. Their self-titled debut single comes in two formats, heavy vinyl 7-inch and CD. The 7-inch contains two songs: “The Neighbourhood Strange” with “Wytches Sky” on the flip side. The CD only lists these two songs, but there are an additional two uncredited bonus songs: “I’ve Got it All” and “The Freaks Will Explode.” The music is your typical I-VI-V-I chord progression with strong guitar riffs, understated organ, excellent bass, and driving rhythms. The title track is hard driven psychedelia. “Wytches Sky” is gothic garage psych with a bit of New Wave thrown in recalling Bauhaus and dare I say The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed. “I’ve Got it All” has some memorable guitar riffs and propelling rhythm that elevates this gothic western psych song above the rest. “The Freaks Will Explode” is pure garage rock with strong hooks and sustained guitar chords. The Neighbourhood Strange is a band to watch and with the recent resurgence in psychedelic rock, I am sure that we will be hearing much more from them. Who knows, they may even appear at next year’s Austin Psych Fest.
Related artist(s): The Neighborhood Strange
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