First of all…I have to thank the very kind (and polite) gentleman who tipped us toward intodown. Because I’ve never heard of this band before. And I love discovering new bands. Especially when they’re psych as hell.
So what’s the dilly-o? Well, I’ve learned that intodown first shares a bit of a connection with The 13th Floor Elevators – whom, as you might probably know, was led by none other than the almighty Roky Erickson. Roky (and the Elevators) by the way, is often cited as being one of the founding forefathers (if not THE founding father) of the psych-rock genre – going all the way back to 1965.
So…what is intodown then?
It’s a killer 60′s prog/stoner/psych-rock mash of a band led by Michael Clark. And he’s been jammin’ with a collaborative of a variety of drummers, and other musicians – who might quite literally lead you downinto a whole’nother 13th Floor.
Intodown has been said to combine sounds of the likes of Pink Floyd, Cream, Hendrix, and Miles Davis. The music has been called just about everything – from psychedelic, stoner, progressive, garage, and more. And quite frankly, intodown’s eclectic mash of psych-surf-prog-dance rock is likely to take you back in time on a trippy (dare I say) Zappa-fied adventure in musical existentialism.
Intodown’s latest CD is entitled ‘Brave New World.’ It was released back in 2008, and it saw heavy rotation on hundreds of college radio stations, a number of other stations in Europe and everywhere else all over the web upon its release. It received a ton of highly favorable press as well at:
What are the RTs on Brave New World?
Well…it’s gnarly as shit, first of all. It’s dark. It’s hauntingly frightening (in a trippy, scary good way). And it’s surf-y, prog-y, and highly psych-y along with all of the aforementioned. THIS is music. THIS is Rock & Roll. Straight back to the sexy 60′s psychedelia that we all know and love.
Now, I’m a guitar nut. And the guitars are typically what jump out at me first when I’m listening to new music. And I can tell you right now…the guitars here on Brave New World are friggin’
sick psych. They’re loud and huge and…fuzzy and filthy. And they’re all over the god damb place. Musically, this stuff shifts and broods and moves around like the sounds of a Pink Freudian acid slip (I have no fucking idea what I just said, but that’s just how rattlebomb gnarly this stuff is).
But don’t take my word for it. You be the judge. Check out Brave New World for yourself right straight below. If you grew up listening to the likes of Roky Erickson, Frank Zappa, some Dick Dale, and maybe even a little Iggy and the Stooges – you’ll totally be intodown. Dig it.