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The Warlocks, Skull Worship (Zap Banana Records)




The Warlocks, Skull Worship (Zap Banana Records)


12/05/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 If you know anything at all about this L.A. 5-piece, you’re acutely aware there’s a Brian Jonestown Massacre connection in there someplace, namely a brief stint by Warlocks singer/leader Bobby Hecksher playing bass with BJM for a short time (he also played on a Beck album, a resumé-bullet nobody seems to care about). Warlocks are similar to BJM in that both bands have a constantly changing cast of characters orbiting one guy, and both bands owe a huge debt to Iron Butterfly for inventing their sound in 1968. Hecksher differs from BJM’s Anton Newcombe, however, in a stubborn refusal to stray too far from the “Jesus and Mary Chain with Clinic’s singer” playbook, and I myself don’t mind that at all. This album may be slightly more messy and mopey than their last few things, but it does walk the same tightrope over Spacemen 3 and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club territory, caustic skronk tailored for Floyd heads (“Silver & Plastic” reads like Raveonettes playing around with Dark Side of the Moon). In sum, nothing new, but nothing bad, and, as a value-add, no hidden tracks. A- — Eric W. Saeger


Appeared in the Dec. 5, 2013 issue of the Hippo







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