Monday, July 18, 2011

Psychedelic Garage Pop Punk

I really groove on the late sixties garage bands, the best compilation in my album collection is the Rhino Records Nuggets Collection.  I listen to it all the time. It's great to find bands that tackle that genre these days. One I particularly like these days is Galileo 7 from Medway UK. They have two albums out both released in 2010 the 3 song EP "Test Flight" and 14 song "Are we having fun yet?"

Run baby run by crojak

Never go back by crojak

Orangery Lane by crojak

Allan Crockford was an original member of ' Medway garage-rock legends' (c) The Prisoners, and also The Solarflares, JTQ, Stabilisers etc etc. The Galileo 7's debut album 'Are we having fun yet? is now available on Teen Sound Records (Misty Lane)

As a member of such semi-legends as the Prisoners, The Solarflares, JTQ, Thee Headcoats and more recently The Stabilisers (amongst a much longer list), Allan Crockford has played an important if low-key part in establishing the Medway area's reputation as a hotbed for spirited, uncompromising garage rock with a strong DIY ethic. Playing with such Medway notables as Billy Childish, James Taylor and Graham Day his reputation was as the reliable sideman for more flamboyant figures. Now he has found a late flowering talent for writing his own material.
The Galileo 7 were formed to play the songs he had been storing up for the last 3 or 4 years. While the band still has the trademark punk ('66 and '76 versions) fire and energy that marks out the Medway sound, there are extra elements in the music that shifts it away from the trademark crashbangwhallop... call it pop-psych, punkadelic, powerpop or whatever you like. If it's energy you're after you won't be disappointed, but there are also tunes and harmonies by the bucketload to guarantee that these songs hang around in your head long after the initial sonic impact has faded. 

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