North Eastern Psychedelic Rock: The New Sound of the Region

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NE Psychedelic Rock is a new and upcoming genre of music that is quickly gaining popularity in the Northeastern region of the United States.

Introducing North Eastern Psychedelic Rock

Psychedelic rock is a genre of rock music that is inspired by or attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs. The genre became popular in the 1960s with bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, and The Grateful Dead. Psychedelic rock often uses non-Western instruments such as sitars, tablas, and didgeridoos. North Eastern Psychedelic Rock is a new subgenre of psychedelic rock that is influenced by the sounds and cultures of North East India.

The sound of the region

North Eastern Psychedelic Rock is a subgenre of Psychedelic Rock that developed in the North East of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The sound of North Eastern Psychedelic Rock is characterized by its use of heavy distorted guitars, extended improvisation, and bold experimentalism.

The genre is often seen as a reaction against the slick production and commercialism of mainstream Psychedelic Rock. North Eastern Psychedelic Rock bands often laid greater emphasis on creating an atmosphere of spontaneity and chaos, which was achieved through extended improvisation and a DIY approach to music production.

Notable North Eastern Psychedelic Rock bands include The Velvet Underground, The Fugs, Psychic TV, and Chrome.

The artists to watch

Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that emerged in the 1960s and became widely known for its ties to the mind-altering experiences sought by users of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin. The style is typified by a preoccupation with sonic texture and extended improvisation.

In the fall of 1966, the band Niagra, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, became one of the first popular music acts to be openly associated with LSD. In October 1967, their self-titled debut album was released on Elektra Records. The album featured extended improvised jams and studio experimentation that drew comparisons to the work of early Pink Floyd.

Since then, numerous artists from the Northeast have followed in Niagra’s footsteps, creating their own unique take on psychedelic rock. Here are just a few of the artists to watch in this exciting new musical movement:

The Warlocks – Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Warlocks are a three-piece band whose music has been described as “a hazy wall of sound.” Their debut album, Rise and Fall, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.

Gordy – Gordy is a four-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Their music is characterized by heavy use of reverb and delay pedals, creating a thick sonic texture. Their debut album Tribulations was released in 2017.

Causa Sui – Causa Sui is a Danish quartet who have been making waves in the international psychedelic scene. Their music blends elements of jazz and krautrock with more traditional psychedelic influences. They have released seven albums since 2006, most recently Return to Sky in 2017.

The History of North Eastern Psychedelic Rock

North Eastern Psychedelic Rock is a newer subgenre of music that has been growing in popularity in the last few years. This genre of music is a mix of two older genres, psychedelic rock and folk rock. This type of music first started appearing in the North East region of the United States in the late 2000s.

The origins of the sound

Psychedelic rock, also known as acid rock or simply psyrock, is a subgenre of rock music that emerged in the mid-1960s. Musicians typically sought to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, with music. Psychedelic rock covers a wide range of styles, including garage rock, folk rock, R&B, and blues.

The first psychedelic band to emerge from the Northeast was the Electric Prunes from Los Angeles. They released their debut album “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” in 1966. The record was an instant hit, reaching #11 on the Billboard 200 chart. It featured the title track, which was a psychedelic reworking of a traditional pop song. The Prunes’ success helped pave the way for other Northeast bands to experiment with psychedelia.

In 1967, New York’s The Velvet Underground released their self-titled debut album. The record is now considered one of the most influential in rock history. It featured the song “I’m Waiting for the Man”, which was about drug dealer Harry Northup and his journey from Harlem to Greenwich Village to score heroin. The album also contained “Heroin”, an eight-minute track that further explored drug addiction. Although it was not a commercial success at the time, “The Velvet Underground” would go on to be praised by critics and cited as an influence by numerous artists.

Also in 1967, Buffalo Springfield released their self-titled debut album. The record featured “For What It’s Worth”, which became a Top 10 hit and is now considered a classic protest song. Buffalo Springfield would go on to release two more albums before disbanding in 1968.

In 1968, The Doors released their fourth album “Waiting for the Sun”. It featured the single “Hello, I Love You”, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts. The Doors were one of the most successful bands of the 1960s and their music has been described as a fusion of blues and psychedelia.

Psychedelic rock continued to be popular in the 1970s with bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Queen achieving commercial success with albums like “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973), “Houses of the Holy” (1973), and “A Night at the Opera” (1975). Although it has declined in popularity since its heyday, psychedelic rock continues to be influential and many current artists cite it as an influence on their music.

The sound of the region today

Today, North Eastern Psychedelic Rock is still going strong. The sound of the region has changed and evolved over the years, but the core elements remain the same. If you’re a fan of this style of music, there’s no better place to find it than in the North East.

The Future of North Eastern Psychedelic Rock

Psychedelic rock from the northeast is gaining popularity for its unique sound that blends elements of classic rock with modern sensibilities. The region’s bands are gaining notoriety for their live performances and inventive songwriting, and many are beginning to gain a following beyond the northeast. With the popularity of the genre on the rise, the future of North Eastern psychedelic rock looks bright.

The sound of the region tomorrow

The North East of the United States has always been a breeding ground for creative and innovative music. From the early days of rock and roll to the post-punk and indie rock movements, the region has always punched above its weight when it comes to producing great bands and musicians.

Now, it seems that the North East is at the forefront of another musical revolution – psychedelic rock.

Psychedelic rock, or “psychedelia” for short, is a genre of music that is characterized by its use of psychedelic drugs, particularly LSD, as a means of inducement into altered states of consciousness. Psychedelic music often seeks to replicate or invoke the feeling of being “high”, and can be used as a tool for exploring different states of mind.

The sound of psychedelic rock is usually based around electric guitars and keyboards, with layered melodies and effects-laden guitar parts. The genre often incorporates elements from other genres as well, such as folk music or classical music.

Psychedelic rock first gained popularity in the 1960s, with bands like The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd all experimenting with the style. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in popularity for psychedelic rock, with new bands taking up the mantel from their 60s predecessors.

The North East has always been at the forefront of this musical movement, with bands like Psychic Ills (New York), Necronomicon (New Hampshire), Woods (Maine), and Kuroma (Connecticut) all helping to lead the charge.

So what does the future hold for North Eastern psychedelic rock? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure – the region is poised to once again make its mark on the world of music.

The artists to watch

The psychedelic rock sound of the North East is evolving. Here are some of the artists to watch who are leading the charge.

Hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne, Spaceslug is a four-piece band that “merges heavy riffs with sprawling, delay-drenched soundscapes.” Their sound has been described as “a blend of Neurosis, Pink Floyd and Sleep.” The band’s debut album, Time Travel Dilemma, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.

Cavern of Anti-Matter
This Manchester-based trio creates “a unique brand of krautrock-influenced garage rock.” Their sound has been likened to that of Can and Neu!. The band’s 2016 album, Void Beats / Invocation Trex, was named one of the best albums of the year by several publications.

Dead Sea Apes
A product of Manchester’s vibrant music scene, Dead Sea Apes is a three-piece band that specializes in “heavy psych and kosmische-inspired jams.” The band’s 2016 album, The Dead Sea Apes Spectacular, was hailed as a “modern classic” by psychedelic rock fans.

Cosmic Psychos
Formed in Leeds in 2006, Cosmic Psychos is a three-piece band that plays “heavy fuzzed out bluesy punk rock.” The band has released two albums, Time Wounds All Heels (2007) and Do Not Feed the Noise (2009).

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