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- Open by The Bad Trips
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 18 November 2010
Don't know much about The Bad Trips (this one's not on the site as I type so I've got no press release assistance) other than that they're from California and they play deep and (potentially) spiritual brand of psychedelic rock. 'Open' was recorded live to Sony TC-160 cassette between '07-'08 by the band and it sounds surprisingly good for a live jobby. This one was picked out for me by the lads probably due to the cool sleeve and the promise of drug addled space jams but this lot are on more of a meditative tip than I was expecting. Serious psych experimentalism can leave me feeling a little cold from time to time (I prefer good times and partying like all girls) but this is sweet. Opening track 'Open' (you see what they did there) reminds me of Gong or Gnod before they kick in with the riffs. It's all tasteful drone experiments with mysterious tones making their presence known throughout. As the record kicks in we are treated to some Can-esque kraut grooves which help liven up proceedings... But only a little. The instrumentation is sparse and doomy which probably explains why they've adopted the catchy moniker of The Bad Trips. As things develop we are treated to new levels of psych madness before you realise these lads are trying to pull you into the zone... The fucked up and confused out of your mind zone. It's at this point that I have to stop listening. I'm totally darked out! Effective stuff from a bunch of trippy dudes.
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