Neo Psych Pop Rock
This is a cracking album
The second album from The Seers benefits from the production work of both Pat Collier and Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy). A heady blend of Punk and Psychedelia, the LP features the single Psych Out which generated a great deal of excitement on both sides of the Atlantic. Promotion was boosted by the filming of a $50 000 video, which has helped the album to sell over 40 000 copies worldwide.
UK pressing by Cherry Red 1992
A1 Second Time Around
A2 Turn Me On About Now
A4 Reaching In My Brain
B2 Girl In Action
B4 Apocalypse Yesterday
B5 Looking For Tomorrow
B5 It’s Alright
“Our very expensive video. I guess we’re still paying for it too. Made on location in a ruined church in Kent I think. The drums were set up on the altar which pleased Age our rhythm monster drummer no end. incidentally you should’ve seen the treatment for the video they wanted to make. It involved Amazonian women and zebras in South Africa. I would have enjoyed that. I had a great coat. Oh, and they were all my girlfriends
The Seers “Psych Out” (Cherry Red Records, 1990)
The roots of this British band date back to 1984, when they were then known as Rip Van Satan and The Earth Rats. It didn’t take long for the band to attract a solid fan base, but several years passed before a full-length album came into being. Track for track, “Psych Out” is a real dazzler. A fertile union of primal energy, an edgy attitude, and fierce hooks give the album all the proper credentials to make it a worthwhile listen.
Released either a few years too late or a few years too early, “Psych Out” proves to be something of the missing link between the sixties psychedelic garage rock revival of the eighties and the Brit Pop movement of the mid-nineties. Paying no mind to the fads and gimmicks of the era, The Seers seemingly operated in a stratosphere of their own, but still sounded like they existed in the present. Comprised of lead singer Spider McCallum, guitarist Leigh Wildman, guitarist and harmonica player Kat Day, bassist Jason Kidd, and drummer Age Blackmore, the band proposed a tight rapport that enabled them to sustain momentum and excitement throughout the album.
Toiling and roiling with minimal fuss, “Welcome To Dead Town,” “Wild Man,” and “Rub Me Out” show off the band’s affection for assertive and aggressive garage punk rockers, and the psychedelic-framed “Sun Is In The Sky” sparkles and swells to an exhilarating exposition of vibrant harmonies and positive imagery. The Seers continue to work their lysergic-laced hoodoo on the title cut of the album, which injects the chorus of Funkadelic’s “Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow” into a lethal brew of wobbly wah-wah guitars, hard hitting drumming and bending rhythms. Truly spellbinding, “Psych Out” blends thick as a brick soul grooves with acid rock jamming to alarming effects. The raspy and rugged “Lightning Strikes” and the soaring power pop jangle of “I’ll Fly Away” are other madly infectious songs included on the album.
Harsh yet highly melodic, “Psych Out” remains an enduring piece of music. 1992 saw the Seers issue their second and final album, “Peace Crazies,” which also punches in as a quality collection of songs. But if you ask me, “Psych Out” is the band’s crowning glory, and what a crowning glory it is.
Review made by Beverly Paterson/2015
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