Album Review: The Morlocks – Bring On The Mesmeric Condition

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Bring On The Mesmeric Condition - Hound Gawd Records

Bring On The Mesmeric Condition is the first new studio album by The Morlocks in over eight years, the band originated back in the prime of the garage revival era alongside the likes of The Chesterfield Kings and The Fuzztones. The current line up features an impressive roster that has risen from the ashes of a who’s who of garage bands including Gravedigger V and The Fuzztones as well as members who have played alongside Sonny Vincent and Link Wray, add to this that the album was mixed and mastered by the notorious Jim Diamond and you have an impressive and primitive chimera on your hands.

Bothering Me sets the tone with a fuzzed up rocker that gives a nod to the Love classic 7 and 7 Is, every single cut is a lysergic hit of primitive rock ‘n roll that’s blended with the snotty attitude and fuck you attitude of the best bands from the original garage era. The sinister Heart Of Darkness takes the pace down and brings a touch of twisted psychedelia into the mix, but for the most part this album is a primal blast of fuzz and fury that simultaneously has one foot firmly planted in the past, yet manages to sound curiously timeless.

The Bands founder member and vocalist, Leighton Koizumi, was once reported to have died, rumours of his demise have clearly been greatly exaggerated and the same can be said of The Morlocks. The band have returned with an album that captures the essence of the bands that were punk a decade before punk existed, Bring On The Mesmeric Condition will appeal to fans of everyone from the bands that populate the legendary Pebbles compilations, to legendary garage outfits such as The Thirteenth Floor Elevators and The Electric Prunes, through to the garage revival bands of the 80’s and current bands like The Hives and The Two Tens who continue to spread the garage gospel.

You can purchase Bring On The Mesmeric Condition via Hound Gawd Records here

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