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Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Manzanita
Tee Pee Records, June 19

06/28/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



This coed trio are appropriately from San Francisco, where their stock-in-trade acid-rock has its earliest psychedelic ’60s roots. With that, and noticing the Tee Pee imprint, you could probably write the review yourself — it is, as is Tee Pee’s wont — throwback stuff, in this case deeply fascinated with the limited space between Mountain and Strawberry Alarm Clock, peg the reverb to 11 and solo on the guitar till you’re tired of the riff. This band stand outs, though, by possessing a real gift for capturing the feel of cruising to the beach in an 8-track-equipped ’72 Nova; the sometimes intricate melodic wanderings generally start out with a for-dummies pop-friendly verse-chorus before soloing for long stretches of time.  Sitar, theremin and whatnot are annoying things when bands attempt psychedilica, but these guys eschew that stuff in favor of a post-Hendrix record made of straight-up anachronistic high-end garage rock. A —Eric W. Saeger






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