Big hairy freaky rock music from Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, jamming on the whole history of weirdos playing wigged-out sounds, from Hawkwind to Faust to Edgar Broughton to Can. Thunderbolt Of Flaming Wisdom will fire up your pleasure centres if any of that sounds appealing, being an epic document of what this band get up to. Vinyl release on Cardinal Fuzz.
6/10 Benn Staff review, 21 November 2017
Another heavy-psych record. We seem to constantly have a stream of men who play guitars trying to mix the music of their youth with the music of today. Still trying to keep that psych/shoe-gaze vibe, whilst at the same time trying their very hardest to sound relevant. This may sound like a harsh beginning, but it is with good reason. On occasion a band will come along and release a record that, actually, has managed to capture the attention of both the over 50's and the under 50's like one big happy generation. This record is arguably it. I can understand why a fair few people would rave about this.
Lets talk about the record. A bizarre collection of percussion, psych-guitars, some brass (I'm almost certain I heard some brass) and the good old, slightly weird, vocals that psych-rock is pretty well known for. As with any good psych record it must remain crucial that the listener must not be able to tell the difference between track A and track B - an unwritten rule so to speak. This record does it pretty well, because I was listening for a good ten minutes before I realised that the track had changed. The more you listen to Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom, the more likely you are to get a thunderbolt of flaming wisdom into your brain as it opens up and begins to accept the weirdness.
I like shoe-gaze. I like psych. I like heavy rock. But unfortunately something about this record just didn't tick the right boxes for me. I found it a little too overly mind numbing at times. Would I listen to it again? Yes. When? I really don't know. Definitely worth a listen, mind.
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