Drop-Off Productions proudly presents a Halloween show featuring Austin, TX psychedelic garage-rock quintet, Holy Wave. Carefully combining fluid forms of sacred surf sounds, droning riffs, and group vocals that haunt and harmonize in equal measure, Holy Wave serve up washed out, lo-fi, melodic pop decorated with light, modular synth, not unlike bands such as the Clientele or Salvia Plath – however, Holy Wave have always differentiated themselves from the psych pack with their keyboard-forward sound that rarely falls into standard trippy tropes. They’ve got the far-off, dreamy vocal wash of the shoegazers, but their guitars and hooks are anything but subtle, invoking the tone of early Kinks or Nuggets acts on certain tracks. With the release of their third full-length (and sixth release overall) “Adult Fear”, Holy Wave sometimes sounds more tapped into other elements of 1960s music than psychedelia, drawing upon elements of classic rock and pop, but updating them to create a sound that’s reverential of those roots, yet not really retro. THe band has toured extensively around the states and internationally, including support for GOAT and Psychic Ills, and festival appearances at SXSW, CMJ, Incubate, and every year at LEVITATION (formerly Austin Psych Fest) since 2011.
Also, on tour is Oakland-via-Joshua Tree outfit Sugar Candy Mountain, who deliver carefully built psychedelic odes, glowing wistfully with vintage inspired tones, fuzzed out guitars, shimmering keys and sprawling drums. The band has drawn comparisons to such mainstreams as Tame Impala and Jacco Gardner, but that’s a misgiving – the sound is lucid dreaming in desert twilight – or almost as if Brian Wilson had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with Os Mutantes and The Flaming Lips. The band released their third full length, “Do Right”, which dropped in May on Arizona-based People In A Position To Know — musically, Sugar Candy Mountain remains rooted in 60’s and 70’s rock, with their signature honey sweet vocals. “Do Right” leans more heavily on synthesizer than the band’s previous records, lending the music a more modern feel. Oscillating between the hazy psychedelic pop of Mild High Club, the driving energy of Dungen and the danceable familiarity of The Supremes – a perfect cocktail of old and new, imploring the listener to take a ride into the sunset with Sugar Candy Mountain.
Finally, rounding out the bill is local three-piece psychedelic garage rockers, Serpentfoot. Formed in early 2015, the band totes blasts of vicious, blistering rock’n’roll coupled with enough grab-bag experimentation and psychedelic warble that will make your teeth chatter. “Like all of the great rock and roll trios in history, Serpentfoot manage to create tunes that seem so much bigger and grander than what you would think just three people are capable of…” This is a 21+ show at the world famous Surfside 7, Wednesday, October 31 – Tickets are $10.00 and will be available online at www.surfsideseven.com, the ticketing link above and the bar.
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