RTR FM 92.1 presents
PSYCHEDELIC SOUND & VISION AT FREO ARTS CENTRE
Just as the doors of perception were detonated 45 years ago, comes a sonic and visual celebration of one of the key turning points in rock’n’roll history. A PSYCHEDELIC REACTION will showcase four of WA’s finest exponents of the psychedelic and blues rock genre: Datura, Sonpsilo Circus, The Deep River Collective and Hurricane Fighter Plane.
This one-off event will be set to a background of visual effects and colours in a tribute to Bill Graham’s Fillmore East and West Shows in San Francisco as well as the groundbreaking 14 Hour Technicolour Dream experiments conducted in London in 1967. Almost two decades on from that multi-coloured era, similar events were conducted at The Old Melbourne Hotel in Perth in the mid 1980s featuring iconic bands such as The Hoodoo Gurus, The Stems and The Triffids. A further two decades on, the time is now ripe for A PSYCHEDELIC REACTION to be resurrected, this time in the idyllic surrounds of inner courtyard of The Fremantle Arts Centre.
Channelling sounds from when rock was young and electrifying, the ‘Circus offer “meandering wah-flickers and Stratocaster screeches […] twirling bass licks and relentless but ever morphing drum lines.” (Cool Perth Nights). Tempered with mantric Eastern flavours and unstoppable pop hooks, their live shows are at once
buzzing dance parties, song-driven wig outs and flurries of kaleidoscopic improvisation.
In August and September 2011 Sonpsilo Circus launched their debut self-titled EP. The tracks “Silverspoon”, “Your Mother Built The Sky” and “See Her Run” have all received airplay on JJJ. In December the band headed off on their debut Eastern States tour and have just kicked off 2012 with festival appearances at Southbound and The Big Day Out in Perth.
Since playing in The Gostarts as youngsters, Dom Mariani and Greg Hitchcock have been treading the boards around Australia (and beyond) for the best part of their lives and lay claim to be the elder statesmen of rock, psychedelic or otherwise in WA.
Combining a shared passion for full-tilt boogie, heavy psychedelia and classic rock’n’roll, Datura pulls no punches when it comes to delivering a rock’n’roll sound heavy on riffage and decibel-cracking volume.
Datura is currently in the process of completing their 10-track debut album which is planned to released in the second half of 2012. With influences ranging from Sunbury Era Aztecs and Lobby Lloyd’s Coloured Balls to Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and mid-period Yardbirds, you can expect a four-to-the-floor assault on both ears and speakers once this record drops.
HURRICANE FIGHTER PLANE:
Hailing from the working class neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Fremantle, Hurricane Fighter Plane is the exciting new group about town creating three-minute Pop Art explosions fusing Byrdsian jangle with Mod Punk snarl.
Largely inspired by the aggressive youthfulness of Messrs Townshend & Moon (The Who), one can expect 12 string power chords, infectious pop melodies, hard hitting, pulsating rhythms and soaring harmonies.
DEEP RIVER COLLECTIVE:
“They have nailed the art of psychedelic, slow building waves of addictive melody. Deep River Collective are a very impressive live act and a hard act to follow.” – FasterLouder.com.au
In 2010, the band released their EP Lost Control (Long Ago) which was recorded with Brian Mitra. The tracks Lost Control (Long Ago), Wicked Eyes, Alfred Gordon Phase Jam and Curious Minds have received airtime on Perth community radio station RTRFM.
In 2011, Deep River Collective supported acts such as Stonefield, The Kill Devil Hills and San Cisco, played Fremantle’s boutique ‘Hidden Treasures’ festival, and undertaken several regional tours, before heading back into the studio at the end of the year to record their latest single. In January 2012 the band supported Lewis Floyd Henry (UK) and finished their latest single Excuses, which was recorded with Ricky Maymi (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and is to be released on 3rd March 2012.
A Psychedelic Reaction
Saturday 14 April
Fremantle Arts Centre – Inner Courtyard
Gates open at 6
Tickets on sale $29.00 from FAC reception and Heatseeker.