Psychedelic Indie Rock: The Best New Music

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Discover the best new psychedelic indie rock music of the moment, with fresh tracks from both well-known and up-and-coming artists.


Psychedelic Indie Rock is a genre of music that blends together elements of psychedelic rock and indie rock. It is a relatively new genre that has only gained popularity in the past few years.

Psychedelic Indie Rock often features fuzzy, distorted guitars, reverb-drenched vocals, and trippy, ethereal soundscapes. The best Psychedelic Indie Rock bands are able to create music that is both mind-bending and catchy, making it an ideal genre for headphone listening.

In this article, we will be discussing some of the best new Psychedelic Indie Rock bands who are creating some of the most exciting and innovative music today.

What is Psychedelic Indie Rock?

Psychedelic Indie Rock is a genre of music that emerged in the early 2000s. The sound is often characterized by reverbed guitars, synthesizers, and dreamy or ethereal vocals. Psychedelic Indie Rock bands often explore themes of existentialism, love, and loss.

The Best New Music

The 1975

The 1975 are an English pop rock band formed in 2002. The group consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew Healy, bassist Ross MacDonald, lead guitarist Adam Hann and drummer George Daniel. The band’s origins trace to Healy and Daniel’s participation in a teenage punk rock band called Drive Like I Do; they later joined with Hann and MacDonald to form The 1975. They released their eponymous debut album in September 2013, which topped the UK Albums Chart on release.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic band founded in 2007. The group’s musical style has been described as a combination of 1960s psychedelic rock and contemporary indie rock. The band’s debut album, Innerspeaker, was released on 21 May 2010 and peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The album was certified 3× Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Tame Impala’s second album, Lonerism, was released on 5 October 2012. It peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified 4× Platinum by the ARIA. Tame Impala’s third album, Currents, was released on 17 July 2015 and reached No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Singles from Currents include “Let It Happen”, “Cause I’m a Man”, and “The Less I Know the Better”.

The Growlers

The Growlers are an American band from Orange County, California, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to Off the Hip Records and Brooklyn Vegan. The band’s music has been classified under the genres of garage rock, psychedelic rock, and lo-fi.

The Growlers have released six studio albums, two live albums, one compilation album, and two EPs. Their first album, Are You in or Out?, was self-released in 2009. Their second album, Hot Tropics, was released in 2010 on Everloving Records. Hung at Heart was released in 2013 on FatCat Records. Chinese Fountain was released on September 23, 2014 on Cult Records. City Club was released on September 30, 2016 on Cult Records. The Growlers Sixth Album Natural Affair is set to be released October 4th 2019 also on Cult Records

The Growlers’ sound has been compared to that of early punk bands such as the Ramones and the Stooges; as well as more surf-based groups such as Dick Dale and his Del-Tones. The band has also been credited as being a founding father of the “beach goth” subgenre.*


In conclusion, psychedelic indie rock is a genre that is rich with variety and creative potential. The best new music in this genre is exciting, fresh, and push the boundaries of what is possible in rock music. If you are a fan of indie rock or are looking for something new to explore, be sure to check out the artists and albums listed above. You won’t be disappointed.

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