Artist: Strange Collective
Title: Frog Eye
Release date: 28.02.16
A freewheeling ball of guitars, drums and howled vocals careens along with no predetermined endpoint, gaining momentum as it threatens to spiral out of control: this is what a typical journey with Strange Collective feels like, made all the more thrilling for its spontaneity.
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. Flashes of Thee Oh Sees’ strained intensity are evident in the squalls of yelps and distortion, which is underpinned by a relentless rhythm. Strange Collective have barely even flexed their muscles so far, but what they have done is show the rippling power in their swagger.
Such a tumultuous introduction to the Liverpool music scene has been rewarded with appearances at The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and Liverpool Sound City, as well as high profile support slots for The Black Lips, The Warlocks, Klaus Johann Grobe, Night Beats, King Khan & The Shrines, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Sean Lennon and the Silver Apples amongst others.
Their second single Frog Eye represents a tamer version of the band’s explosive energy, strutting along with controlled menace. Like Black Lips played simultaneously at half speed and in overdrive, this track leaves us all wondering they will come up with next.