SPOTIFY LINK: The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band- Vol. 2
Describing what The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band sound like is made all the more easier by having a name that neatly wraps up their sound in 6 words.
If it was at all possible, the record sleeve for this 1967 album would’ve been printed on blotted acid dripped paper, obviously this could never be possible but the sound of this album is soaked in the stuff.
The band bring together everything great about psychedelic pop, the lyrics are naïve, loved up and at times pretty bleak. There’s the token anti-war tribal fuzz stomp of ‘Suppose They Give a War and No One Turns Up’, ‘Unfree Child’ is a rebellious garage call to kids to leave “squares”, it’s start-stop-phasing-crashing with a riff that could almost be glam rock. Bob Markley the son of a an oil tycoon, lyricist and singer is the personality of the band and his questionable fancy for young girls “when your older we’ll have a time/ when you’re older there’ll be a place for us” on ‘Queen Nymphet’ would be creepier if it weren’t for Danny Harris’s sweet guitar playing.
It’s a shame that the band never got bigger than their cult status, separated from its obvious LSD infused influences and hippy idealism is an interesting and immensely enjoyable west coast pop experimental album.