Psych-rock has never really gone out of fashion entirely, but it has spent time in various states of obscurity, lurking in the clouds of reverb and delay that characterize and float through genres like shoegaze and post-rock. However, psych fans are currently enjoying an unprecedented revival of bands aping the vintage-inspired space sounds of the late '60s with fresh twists and modern energy.
We recently attended Austin Psych Fest, a festival that features a highly curated lineup focusing on bringing together the absolute best artists, old and new, in the colliding worlds of psychedelia, garage-rock, and anything else that can fit into the invariably creative psych bubble. California's Froth -- a band that's part of the Burger Records collective whose roster is making perhaps the biggest waves in garage rock right now -- performed at one of the festival's preview nights to a capacity crowd at the Mohawk and were the recipients of much of the weekend's buzz. Fortunately for South Florida's denizens of reverb and fuzz, the band is making the rounds this weekend and kicked things off last night by affording Respectable Street's Thursday night Flaunt party with a sorely needed dose of art rock mayhem.More »