Picture yourself at a party in the woods. You’re doing a wingardium leviosa with individuals clad in enough feathers to wipe out the vulture population. Your mate is sculling goon with Jethro Tull and there’s a naked guy with ADHD running around making horse noises and playing the pan flute. Welcome to Mink Mussel Creek.
Drown yourselves in the sounds of the WA five piece and it will be difficult to draw the line between rowdy forest orgy and psychedelic folk rock.
You might recognize a few faces at the Mink Mussel Creek shindig. Drummer Kevin Parker shares his vocal chords with the compatriots at Tame Impala, and Mink Mussel Creek’s lead singer Nick is Tame’s honourary fourth member on lead guitar.
Mink Mussel Creek’s Cat Love Power is an impressive six minute, seven second, dynamic mélange. Credence Clearwater reminiscent chords swing about in the opening, suspended in momentary breaths of chord changes. Nick quavers like an Osborne against sturdy riffs, before clamouring out to the cacophonic release of the chorus.
Like most bridges in the genre, Cat Love Power features the usual token drastic tempo change, a bit of Morrison key tinkling here and there and a slightly disturbing voodoo chant. Placed here, perhaps it’s a tad too much of a filler.
However before the intensity causes a brain implosion, the song suddenly detonates a crazy Bohemian Rhapsody harmony. Dissonance and raw tension builds up into a game of intoxicating catch and release, and I’m hooked once more. The kaleidoscopic festivities of Cat Love Power draw to a close, and I think I need a good corner to pass out in.
With a lack of psychadelic folk bands in the spotlight, it’s about time Mink Mussel Creek jumped on the wagon.
I’ve been whothehell AWOL of late, and these two femmes from Melbourne have jolted me back into the blogosphere (Thankyou ladies). Super Wild Horses are angsty post-punk awesomeness channeling all the right kinds of shouty.
Their eponymous debut EP is out now on Aarght! Records, and you can see them in real life at the Flip Out Festival in Melbourne on 5 September. If you’re in Sydney, you may already have seen them last week. Props to you!
Sydney band Papa Vs Pretty have made a bunch of videos of themselves recording at home called ‘From The Bunker’ sessions, an on-going 8 part series being premiered every few weeks on their own vimeo channel. The first video here is for the song Club 77, a song they wrote after being refused entry to the Sydney hipster joint for being underaged. I’ve heard a lot about this band but only got to see them recently at the Oxford Arts Factory. I knew from this video that the frontman Thomas can sing, but what this video did not show that he was also a shredder. They did a commendable cover of Purple Rain, a song that I think is risky to do if you can’t pull off the solo with the right style (it is Prince after all), but he did very well. I asked him after a show how he learned to play guitar like that, and his answer was: “Well first I started at Van Halen (!), and then I moved to Page, and then Hendrix, and now I’m at Prince”. There you go.
One of the more exciting new bands to come out of Sydney in the past couple of years, Deep Sea Arcade is blessed with the very captivating frontman in Nic McKenzie, who genuinely loses himself in every song they play. Don’t Be Sorry is the current single they’re touring now, but the live shows indicate there’s a lot more to come from this Sydney five piece. One to put on your watchlist. www.myspace.com/deepseaarcade