By Amanda DK
It’s been in style to dress in the garb of past eras for a while now. Sure, media attention might be paid to different fashions one at a time (Get the Betty Draper look – this Spring it’s all about floral circle skirts! ), but in reality one could pull together an outfit from any of the past four or five decades and still look hip. Or hipster.
In music though, we seem to be having a flashback to one specific decade. One could argue that the sound of the 1990s have had a resurgence with bands like Yuck and The Walkmen, but I’m going to say that I’ve been hearing more flower children out there than any others. I’m talking about the 1960s. Whether because of production value, a catchy hook, or psychedelic guitar jam breaks, every one of the bands below I could imagine at Woodstock, The Original.
Anyone have a field I can rent?
Tame Impala “Lucidity”
They were ubiquitous in 2010, and so were the comparisons between frontman Kevin Parker’s voice to John Lennon. Get your lush, epic, psychedelic rock on.
Quilt “Rabid Love”
I wrote about Quilt a couple weeks ago, but they deserved a mention here. With wandering banjos and dreamy harmonies, the folk quartet from Boston is intimate and trippy.
White Fence “Swagger Vets and Double Moon”
Tim Presley may have been in Darker My Love, but White Fence is something completely different. Rollicking lo-fi rock, “Swagger Vets and Double Moon,” reminds me forcibly of a less bizarre, “I Am The Walrus” with more attitude. His third full length, Family Perfume, will be released in two part. The first will be available digitally and on vinyl on April 3, and the second later in the Spring. You’ll be able to buy both together in the Summer. Also get excited for Hair, his collaboration with Ty Segall, out on April 28th.
White Denim “Drug”
Acoustic and electric mashes together, and yield cathartic psychedelic rock at it’s best. What I love about this band is the variation, between songs and albums. Some are dense and shoegazy, others feature intimate and unadorned acoustic guitar. You won’t be disappointed. Grab their most recent EP, Takes People In Your Work Space, here.
Beady Eye “Beatles and Stones”
Led by Liam Gallagher, its extremely appropriate that Beady Eye sings about wanting to be like The Beatles and Rolling Stones – their debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding sounds like a hybrid of both canons. Melodic with some grit and guts.
The Fearless Vampire Killers “I Won’t Stay Too Long”
No frills guitar-driven blues rock, complete with explosive solos that will force you to convulse and maybe even bang the nearest drum substitute along with the rhythm. The Melbourne quartet lets the instruments speak for themselves, and they do – loudly. Their debut full length, Batmania, was released in October and can be bought here.
Zeus “Fever of the Time”
A little The Beatles, a little Byrds, Zeus’s brand of sunny pop intertwined with lazy electric guitar riffs is enhanced by just the right amount of reverb to make it feel layered and nostalgic. Their new album, Burning Visions, will be released on March 27. In the meantime, you can catch them at SXSW and download their single “Are You Gonna Waste My Time?”
Who would you add to this list? Let me know!