The stinging psychedelic shoegaze of The Honeycomb Explosion really is from the land of milk and honey. The Hampshire trio have a sound knack for creating both explosive and ethereal dream-pop, and media powerhouses such as BBC Radio 6 are cottoning on. Their moniker, Is Bliss, is often all too literal.
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The colour of the vinyl is absolutely extraordinary. It’s honeycombed I guess but it is one psychedelic bee that has laid that. Stunning.
Got to move onto the music now and it’s lucky for Is Bliss that the vinyl colour has put me in a good mood as three psych albums in I’m hoping for something inventive. I'm not going to get it - it’s just the Verve isn’t it? Or Verve as they were known when they made music like this. The opening ‘Someone’ is rather like a teenager getting out of bed, it literally drags itself onto the vinyl. ‘Alive’ then confirms that we are going to get the same vocal line per song which is good for people who don't like change. It sounds like Liam Gallagher singing from three miles away with no microphone. "Baby Come On’” they intone as the track reaches intensity and you can see the three people and a dog watching them at Accrington Rock In the Park literally start to sway.
Because this is what this is, it’s 17th on the bill at an early '90s music festival. It’s flabbergasting that something that would be tossed into the waste paper basket at Infectious records in 1994 is now receiving radio play from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft and Radcliffe & Maconie. Maybe it was as part of their lets look back at 1992 day. To be fair the band put in a good shift and get themselves some useful grooves going on especially on the psyched out wibbles of album highlight ‘Tomorrow’ that sounds like Kula Shaker in an aircraft hanger. Also, unless I’m mistaken, somebody is playing bongos.
It’s not the bands fault that everyone wants to recreate the past and continue to wallow in it indefinitely. Roger Waters is on the front of Uncut this month. The bloody industry. I’m off to open a florists.
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