I’ve been feeling a bit restless today. The fact that my flat is totally trashed and I don’t even want to leave my room probably isn’t helping. Halloween tsk. So I thought I’d put some words to the page. There are always plenty of bands in my mind, and the list just keeps growing. Somehow nothing’s quite satisfying me today though. Maybe my housemate’s doom metal playlist from the night before is to blame, but I’m craving something with a little more depth. 3 minutes just isn’t enough. So, it’s time I told you about a band that don’t quite fit in anyone’s ‘scene’ right now.
Lasers From Atlantis are Theo, Volkan, Aubrey and Pat, making up vocals, synths, guitars and drums between them. They first surfaced in 2008, quickly picking up shows with the likes of Bo Ningen and Invasion, and sitting very comfortably between them with a sound that’s half doom metal, half psychedlia. Since then they’ve been a little patchy with their appearances, but with a recent clutch of live dates, some new songs seeping through and a full album seemingly on the horizon, they may well be ready to pick up from where they left off. And for our sakes, I hope they’ll stick around a little longer this time.
Now, some advice, take your time. This is headphone music. The kind you want to turn the fuck up, sit back to, listen all the way through and soak up. 13 minute Smoke Signals isn’t going to blow you away in the first few minutes, but if you immerse yourself fully in their sound, these noise-scapes, you’ll find the deepest of riches lie within.
Psychic Allies has something else about it, a step in another direction for the band, hooking you straight in with thumping quick-fire drum beats, before cooling down, and coming back at you once again. Harrowing wails, never-ending riffs, spaced out synths, and that ever-present bass line bursting through and evolving. Building, overlaying, interconnecting. At times almost droning, but always progressive. They are never out of control of what they’re crafting and where they’re taking their music. And if Psychic Allies is anything to go by, we have a lot to look forward to when the album finally hits earth. I see so much potential here. And I’m excited.