Strange Collective - Super Touchy EP

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Artist: Strange Collective
Title: Super Touchy EP
Release date: 01.07.16
12" black vinyl 5 track EP

Strange Collective - Heavy

Strange Collective - Super Touchy EP

“Cosmic guitar pop with more than a hint of lysergic experimentation…rarely has a piece of barn-storming psychedelia been so aptly named. Deliriously good fun.” – Clash Magazine

“The icing on this label’s outstanding and already very tasty cake” – Artrocker

“Think Thee Oh Sees, think The Warlocks with a lengthy prescription for pep pills; this is a band who are solidly coming into their own.” – The Skinny

A freewheeling ball of guitars, drums and howled vocals careening along with no predetermined endpoint, Liverpool quartet Strange Collective seem to effortlessly gain momentum whilst simultaneously threatening to spiral out of control. Now signed to local label and bastion of good taste Salvation Records (Klaus Johann Grobe, Psyence, Devizes & more), they’re finally ready to unleash their debut record ‘Super Touchy’ on the unsuspecting world.
The ‘Super Touchy’ EP’s lead single ‘Heavy’ is a good indication of what a typical musical journey with the band feels like; a dangerous and intoxicating slab of sonic chaos, made all the more thrilling for its spontaneity. Indeed, the quartet have built up a healthy following in the North West playing alongside krautrock icons Silver Apples and US garage lunatics The Black Lips. They were also one of the standout draws at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia last September.
It's this freespirited and somewhat haphazard approach to their raw output which - until now - has kept them from laying anything down, until they finally pulled their fingers out and went down to their local recording Mecca, Whitewood Studios (Ladytron, Miles Kane, Mugstar and more), with producer Danny Woodward to commit the songs to tape.
Specialising in psyched-up garage jams that feel like they've been frazzled in the San Fran sun, this shady Liverpool quartet are a fearsome package that has so far only existed in the form of their incendiary live shows with performances at Liverpool Psych Fest, Liverpool Music Week and Sound City Festival plus shows with Ghost of the Sabre Tooth Tiger, Black Lips, King Khan and The Shrines and The Warlocks to name a few.
The new recordings represent a tamed version of the band’s explosive live energy, a controlled menace that struts and stalks through the shadows like a Black Lips record played simultaneously at half speed and in overdrive. Flashes of Thee Oh Sees’ strained intensity are evident in the squalls of yelps and distortion, which is underpinned by a relentless rhythm section.
Strange Collective have barely even flexed their muscles so far, but what they have done is show the rippling power that’s latent in their swagger.