We had an amazing response at our record release show. Here’s a write up from the previous week, just follow the link beneath. We’re looking forward to Europe in February! Check out our Patreon for ways to access exclusive content, live videos and more.
By Dave Pehling (SAN FRANCISCO) — With a history dating back to the early 2000s, San Francisco glam/psych/stoner-rock heroes Turn Me On Dead Man twist together the varied strands of heavy music from the past five decades into a uniquely bombastic sound. Led by songwriting talent and lysergic guitar fury of founder Mykill Ziggy, the…
Simply Saucer are a legendary proto-punk band from Hamilton, Ontario. Lo-fi Garage and Krautrock influences are prevalent in their unique sound, which they very much make their own. If you’ve never heard or heard of them, check out the 1989 release Cyborgs Revisited which contains material from 1974 and some live stuff from 1975, though it sounds like it’s from another time.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable set to watch. At least 2 of the original members are playing in the current line up, featuring Edgar Breau, and I’m glad to say, it looks as if they’ve been quite active as of late. It’s cool to see these weird toons kept alive and I’d love to see them if they ever make it out of the Rust Belt.
I actually had a free Saturday afternoon for once and was really excited to be able to attend the 15th annual Nor Cal Synth Meet, held at Robotspeak with performances next door at Vinyl Dreams in The Lower Haight SF. This event was hosted by Binary Society.
This was the first time I attended the meet and actually the first time I’ve ever stepped foot into Robotspeak. I’ve had a love of synth music for a long time and this place is where it’s at! They have been the local go to spot for anything synth related, and especially now with Eurorack and modular synths hitting new levels of exposure, I’m sure they will continue to grow. I’m sure to be a patron as I slowly develop a system of my own over time.
Here’s a list of the companies represented:
Elektron (Sweden) – The much anticipated Octatrack MKII, Analog 4 MKII, Analog Heat, and Digitakt.
Moog Music (N. Carolina) – Mother 32 Rig, Model 15, Minimoog Model D
Dreadbox (Athens, Greece) – Abyss, NYX, and Erebus desktop synths and couple of White Line Eurorack Modules.
Dave Smith Instruments (SF)
SOMA (Russia) – Lyra-8 Analog Synthesizer
Expressivee – TOUCHÉ controller
WMD – Chimera and Arpitecht as well as a prototype of the Trigger Sequencer.
Make Noise Music (N. Carolina) – Check out their latest modules: the Morphagene, Contour, and DynaMix
Noise Engineering (LA) – the soon-to-be-released Manis Iteritas and Integra Solum and the recently released Loquelic Iteritas Percido and Cursus Iteritas.
1010music (LA) – The new SynthBox will be on hand.
Zetaohm (SF) – FLXS1 Sequencer
Analogue Solutions (UK) – FuseBox
I met up with a friend who has been studying and building modular set ups for awhile now, so it was nice to have a bit of a guide through the myriad bits of gear and their functions. I learned a lot just listening. In the video posted below there is a solid 5 minutes or so of the Pittsburgh Modular rep demoing the Trigger Sequencer prototype.
I got my hands on some of the WMD stuff and really liked the sounds coming out of those, there is nothing like interacting with the gear after having seen many demos in videos.
Everyone bounced back and forth between Robotspeak and Vinyl Dreams which are side by side in The Lower Haight. There were live sets going on all day so if you needed a break from the cacophony of multiple synths being tested and tweaked, you could go next door for a more focused sound experience. I’m not sure who I saw performing earlier in the day but there was everything from banging Techno to Drones to abstract sounds represented throughout the day. I caught some of Haptic Synapses set, and took some guerrilla video of Normalien, who I had the pleasure to finally meet in person after having been Instagram buddies for awhile.
I had a really good time, met some excellent folks, and everyone was really into it. The guys at Vinyl Dreams were really nice, and being a vinyl junkie, I look forward to going back there as well.
As I reported back in July, I’ve been handling bass for SF heavy psych metal band Turn Me On Dead Man, who recently signed to Heavy Psych Sounds out of Italy. Since then the album has been pressed up and is ready to ship! There are black and transparent splatter available. Purchase links are HERE and check out this stellar review via The Obelisk.
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Also in the works is a European tour that is slated to kick off in Feb 2018, more details as that develops.
My first show with these guy will be November 17th at Coopers in Nevada City.
One final bit of business to announce here is our Patreon campaign. In order to keep up on gear maintenance, rehearsal rent, transportation and other incidental things that keep a band afloat, we need to solicit the help of our friends, fans and family. We hate to do it but the days of major labels floating developing artists with bloated budgets are long over, we do this on our own and with the support of an Independent label. That being said, independent labels like Heavy Psych are essential to our growth, and they facilitate our being able to gain exposure in different markets, but they are not backed by major label money, and we still have to support a lot of what we do in the day to day of the band. Check out the Patreon and pitch in if you can, there will be exclusive content and future offers on merch etc. for patrons of our campaign. You will be rewarded!