The clue is in the name. Raw Rock Fury is the second album from Philadelphian heavy primal psych outfit Ecstatic Vision. A no guns no glory affair, where psychedlic freakouts are king and only matched with raw rock and roll energy. (You'll) Get it if you’re into Hawkwind, Monster Magnet, Amon Düül II, and Can.
Vinyl LP £14.49 RR73731
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CD £10.49 RR73732
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Just look at these boys. Look how sick they are. A psychedelic band with maracas and a saxophone, plus all the usual elements of Jack Black rock school, they could well be the most ridiculous thing you’ll hear this week, matching their wahing guitar repetitions with distorted tenor trills and yelping prog vox.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Amon Duul II lately so I think I can take this, but make sure you’ve prepared before jumping into ‘Raw Rock Fury’ -- it’s an extended jam that breaks off between repetitious lo-fi rock noise and meandering, soloing, squealing psych that’s high in the frets and way up in the sax octaves. They sound pretty epic, but their sound is warped by a production that makes all of their efforts that little bit underwater, the low-end bobbing about like your ears are hearing them under the bath.
Look, prog is so funny. I’m pretty sure I just heard a lyric fly by on this album that went thus: “I wanna feel like an electric eel”. If I misheard that, I apologise, but this record is summed up in those words: furious and silly in equal measure, its forward motion makes up for its ludicrousness, the band howling and riffing their way to grotty cosmic abandon. An absolute must have for lovers of psych rock at its hardest and weirdest.
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