Votaries sound like a band who fell into a space-drugs wormhole so deep that they’ve emerged with a permanent layer of early-90’s shoegaze-haze draped around every sound they make. On Psychometry they make this work massively to their advantage, with big thick drone-rock tunes to lose oneself in. Released by Wharf Cat Records.
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I have to be honest with you here. When I plucked the sleeve out of my box this morning I almost tossed it straight into the waste paper basket. Y'see the only writing on it is mirror writing and I couldn't really be bothered to figure out who it was by if they can't be bothered to put writing the correct way up. Also I didn't like the first track.
So not a good start but with a little more patience i have found stuff to enjoy. Votaries is the brainchild of one Jackson Scott and they make eerie shoegaze/drone rock that recalls Spacemen 3 with one of the Candy Flip lads on vox. But between the psych drone layers occasionally they hit nail on head. 'Second Sister' is music how I like it, weird skirling guitars picking out odd chord patterns like the Beatles 'Dear Prudence' gone feral. 'Trick Tomorrow' also has a lovely drifty stoned feel with eastern sounding guitars and helium'd vocals. Kind of terrifying but I love this stuff. Reminds me of Snapper or the Chills. I'm sure Votaries are in fact playing underwater 'Succumb' sounds just like Connan Mockasin plays the Stooges. Elsewhere there's drones and peculiar jams and something that sounds like Spiritualized playing in an empty swimming baths.
Oddball psychedelia that may just press your buttons. Bear with it.
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