For me, there is nothing better after a long day than setting up my stereo, warming up my vape and getting heavily medicated with some of my favorite bands. I’ve got to say I spend most of my time staring blankly at a wall or reading the latest issue of High Times, medicated out of my mind while my speakers pump out high decibels of psyched out, trippy jams that my neighbors are surely tired of hearing at this point. So I’ve compiled a short list of some bands that you’ve probably never heard of that will leave a thin layer of resin over your speakers. Get ready to plug in your headphones and drop out of life, here’s a list of 5 great albums by unknown bands to medicate to.
Whirr – Pipe Dreams
Whirr is a San Francisco based “shoegaze” band that specializes in heavy effects, ethereal vocal melodies and awesomeness. Their debut album is packed front to back with amazing songs that are drenched in reverb and feature amazing duets between vocalists Nick Basset and Alexandra Morte. They have an alternative sound to them and if I had to compare it to anything, I would say they sound like a punkier/heavier Best Coast. I especially love throwing this album on if I have things to do, it makes for great background music while you read, clean or feel like makin whoopee (not that I would know anything about that). Give it a listen and check it out here!
Favorite Track: Wait
Nothing – Guilty of Everything
I was introduced to Nothing shortly after finding out about Whirr and the split e.p. they recorded together. After listening to the Nothing side of the split I decided to check out some of Nothing’s other work, immediately I fell in love with Guilty of Everything. The stellar guitar tones meshed with the sheer force of the bass guitar create a massive wall of sonic power that leaves you almost incapacitated at times (especially after taking a couple drags of wax from my new Galaxy vape). As an audiophile I cannot get over how well this album sounds as well as how much fun it is to listen to sober or medicated.
Favorite Track: Hymn to the Pillory
Toundra – III
I just recently found Toundra (pronounced Tundra) a few weeks ago and I have been bumping them non-stop since. Toundra is a Spanish “Post Rock” band with definite influences from bands like Tool and Mastodon. III is a six song album full of incredibly dynamic songs that go from heavy, rock driven riffs to slow and melodic pieces featuring violins, harps and ouds. Toundra is all instrumental, no vocals or lyrics which quite frankly, these guys don’t need any of that, their music stands well all on its own. I highly recommend giving these guys a listen, especially if you like instrumental music. Check them out on bandcamp!
Favorite Track: Lilim
Bardo Pond – Dilate
Bardo in sandskrit loosely refers to “the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth”, which fits this band perfectly. Bardo Pond exists in between a state of music and psychedelic noise that cannot properly be defined. Dilate is an album that on its own, without any substance at all will send you on an incredible trip to an entirely different plane of the universe. Usually when I listen to Dilate I tend to throw on the headphones, take a few puffs of the vaporizer and just let my mind wander until the album is finished. Many classify the band’s music as “space rock”, which is a pretty accurate description of their sound. Droning guitars, thick feedback and heavy reverb, Dilate is a must listen to for the psychedelic enthusiast.
Sleep Party People – We Were Drifting On A Sad Song
To wrap this up I figured I would end with the Danish “dreamgaze” band Sleep Party People. The brain child of Brian Batz, SPP delivers tunes that blend acoustic and synthesized instruments a like. We Were Drifting On A Sad Song delivers amazing songs & instruments with incredible tone along with vocal melodies that are both haunting and entrancing. “Drifting” has a nice balance of slow, soothing songs and upbeat jams that have a slight synth pop tinge to them. If you get a chance, I would definitely give these guys a listen.
Favorite Track: A Dark God Heart