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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ecstatic Vision at the First Unitarian Church, Resilient at Tralfamadore

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Ecstatic Vision | photo via facebook.com/ecstaticvision

Ecstatic Vision, riding high after the release of their latest Raw Rock Fury LP, play the First Unitarian Church tonight. The local psych-rock outfit spoke with The Key’s Brian Wilensky about their “blistering” new effort earlier this week, highlighting the songs’ party rock vibes that are carried over from the live shows. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Listen to Raw Rock Fury single “You Got It (Or You Don’t)” below.

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Philly’s Ecstatic Vision on making the blistering psychedelic get down of Raw Rock Fury

Ecstatic Vision | via facebook.com/ecstaticvision

Boxes of new t-shirts have arrived, and each member of Ecstatic Vision is checking them out for the first time. They’re unpacking them while Spacemen 3’s “Walkin’ with Jesus” is sound checked from the stage just opposite the room at Underground Arts last month. There are two versions of the shirts, each features the band in a fiery red silhouette, emblazoned with “Raw Rock Fury” to go along with their new album of the same name. And the hard-hitting four-piece would bring exactly that to the stage later that night.

Raw Rock Fury is a scorcher that burns hot and leaves a nothing in its path. It’s undeniably deliberate and a product of the way Ecstatic Vision evolved from their 2015 album, Sonic Praise, which was written predominantly by guitarist and singer, Doug Sabolik, prior to the band’s current lineup being fully formed. Sabolik says he was listening to a lot of African music at the time that inspired the album’s expansive space and looping rhythms underneath his heavy and whirling psych riffs. After saxophonist / guitarist Kevin Nickles sat in with Sabolik, drummer Jordan Crouse and bassist Michael Field Connor enough times following the release of Sonic Praise, they realized their lineup had been solidified and Nickles became a permanent member.

As the band continued writing more material they gradually steered away from the looping rhythms of their origins and veered into what Crouse describes as party rock. However, he and Sabolik assure there’s a bit of a concept to the album that begs a specific question: What is raw rock fury?

“The first [album] had all this tribal stuff and we kind of changed after that,” Sabolik says while venue staff hurry about preparing the bars and floor space before show time. “And then this whole idea of ‘raw rock fury’ came. What is that? So, then we kind of tailored the material around what we thought that would be at the time.” Continue reading →

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Get hyped for Ecstatic Vision’s Underground Arts show with the immersive “Electric Step”

Ecstatic Vision | courtesy of the artist | photo by Michael Connor
Ecstatic Vision | courtesy of the artist | photo by Michael Connor

Ecstatic Vision is #MakingPhillyPsychAgain one tune at a time, releasing the second track from their newest record Raw Rock Fury, “Electric Step.”

The 9-plus minutes gives us more lo-fi psych-jam goodness, as the band’s classic growling vocals overtake the growing anxiety of each six-string swipe, cumulating into a final tremolo face-melter that is only made better by the out-of-nowhere saxophone. It’s everything a psych track needs (and more).

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Get details on Creepoid’s Philly album release party, watch their Philly homecoming show

Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist

Heavy psychedelic four-piece Creepoid returned to their hometown of Philly this spring after a year off in Savannah, and they will celebrate the release of their upcoming LP, Cemetery Highrise Slum, next month.

Their Philly album release party comes to Johnny Brenda’s on June 26 with alongside Ecstatic Vision and Sick Feeling); tickets will be on sale starting this Friday, May 15. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Sunday,” the first new Creepoid song since 2012

Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy of the artist

Philly four piece Creepoid recently released the first song off their forthcoming self titled album, which you can listen to via Noisey. A floating-through-space jam entitled “Sunday,” Creepoid takes a slow still through the dark and mysterious, just as they did on some of the more ambient tracks off Horse Heaven. The track builds up sonically with the band’s dreamy mindset and the repeated line “I want to dream.” Creepoid will be released March 4th on No Idea Records, but you can get the record a little early at their record release show on 2/27 at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets to Creepoid’s that show with Far-Out Fangtooth and Ecstatic Vision here. Below, watch the video for “Golden String,” released on a split 7″ with Shores in 2012.

Creepoid – “Golden String” No Idea Records from BITBY on Vimeo.