The Heaters are keen to let you know that they are big fans of ‘60s surf bands. However, it’s not something you’d necessarily know from their Holy Water Pool album. In parts it is reminiscent of Pink Floyd and any surf influences are heavily wrapped in swirling, epic indie rock. Available on vinyl LP and CD.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 October 2015Robin isn’t here to do all the psych. This is an awful thing. It’s great when you can just fob a load of samey stuff out on the same person. Heaters are twangy and influenced by 90’s surfers but more than anybody they sound like the Brian Jonestown Massacre. They have that fuzzy, compressed sound that everyone uses. the BJM is most apt on the opening couplet of ‘Kamikaze’ and ‘Master Splinter’. ‘Kamikaze’ is possibly the best the album has to offer with grinding guitars and fuzzed out vocal repetitions. ‘Master Splinter’ twangs with the best of them and has the melody of some Rolling Stones song or other reinvented for the modern retro age. On ‘Propane’ they sound like a cluttered, confused Hookworms. Unlike many psych bands they play fast and the drums certainly pummel along. Sounds like they ingested speed rather than the regulation dope. It’s standard at times but there are a clutch of highlights for those who like their music sounding like it was recorded in an oil barrel.
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