We take a look at some of the top psychedelic rock bands making music today. From Tame Impala to Khruangbin, these are the groups keeping the genre alive and well.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a San Francisco-based band, led by Anton Newcombe. They are one of the most prolific recording artists of our time, with over 20 albums released since their formation in 1990. The BJM’s music is heavily influenced by 1960s psychedelic rock, and they are often credited as one of the leading bands in the contemporary revival of that genre. Their live shows are legendary, and they have a loyal following of fans who appreciate their unique blend of vintage sounds and modern sensibilities.
The Black Angels
The Black Angels are an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2004, the band has released five studio albums and one live album. They have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
The band’s name is derived from the Velvet Underground song “The Black Angel’s Death Song”. They have been described as having a “dark, menacing sound that blends psychedelia with indie rock and shoegaze”.
The Black Angels have been lauded as one of the leading bands of the American psychedelic rock revival movement.
Dead Meadow is a three-piece stoner rock band from Washington, D.C., United States, formed in 1998. The band members are Stephen McCarty (vocals, guitars), Jason Simon (bass, vocals) and Mark Laughlin (drums). The band’s musical style is often compared to the likes of Black Sabbath and Kyuss.
Since their formation, Dead Meadow has released seven studio albums, one live album and one compilation album. The band’s most recent studio album, Warble Womb, was released in May 2013. Dead Meadow has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe over the years, performing with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age,Sunn O))), Sleep and many others.
The Growlers are a garage rock band formed in Dana Point, California, in 2006. The band is composed of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Brooks Nielsen, lead guitarist Matt Taylor, bassist Scott Montoya, and drummer Nick Walpole. The Growlers have released eight studio albums — Hung at Heart (2013), Gilded Hearts (2015), City Club (2016), Casual Acquaintances (2017), Natural Affair (2019) — as well as a number of EPs and singles.
The Growlers’ music has been compared to that of the Beach Boys, the Zombies, Prince, andSublime. The band’s live shows are known for their high energy and often incorporate elements of theater and performance art.
The Growlers’ first two albums — Are You in or Out? (2009) and Hot Tropics (2010) — were self-released on the band’s own label, Everloving Records. In 2012, the Growlers signed with FatCat Records and released their third album, Hung at Heart. The album was met with critical acclaim from music critics, who praised its throwback sound and Nielsen’s baritone vocal style.
Denmark-bred, Los Angeles-based The Raveonettes fuse noirish retro aesthetics with contemporary indie rock. The project of co-frontpersons Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, the group is defined by its immediate, visceral songcraft, as well as by its pillowy layers of eight-track hiss and fuzz.
The Warlocks are an American rock band, formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California. The band’s music is influenced by psychedelic rock, R&B, and garage rock. They have released five studio albums, the most recent being Skull Worship (2015).
The Warlocks began as a three-piece band with Bobby Hecksher on guitar and vocals, John LeCompt on bass, and Jeff Watson on drums. The band’s lineup has changed several times over the years; Hecksher is the only original member still with the group. Hecksher and LeCompt were previously in the gothic rock band Christian Death.
The Warlocks’ debut album, Rise and Fall (2000), was well received by critics and led to the band’s signing with Virgin Records. The album’s single, “Shake The Dope Out”, became a college radio hit. The Warlocks’ second album, Surgery (2003), was produced by Rick Rubin and featured the singles “Baby Blue” and “Is It My Body?”.
In 2007, the Warlocks were featured on an episode of VH1’s Classic Albums series which focused on their album Rise and Fall. The episode included interviews with Hecksher, LeCompt, and Watson, as well as footage of the band recording the album.
The Warlocks have toured extensively throughout Europe and North America. In 2015, the band embarked on a world tour in support of their fifth studio album, Skull Worship.
The Dandy Warhols
The Dandy Warhols is an American rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström. The band was founded after the two met at Reed College in 1992 and began a courtship that included LSD-fueled road trips and recording together in various basements and attics around Portland. In 1995, the band released their debut album …The Dandy Warhols Come Down, which was followed by 1997’s …The Dandy Warhols Condensed Milk Can. The band has since released eight more studio albums, the most recent being 2016’s Distortland.
The Dandy Warhols’ music is often compared to that of 1960s psychedelic rock bands such as The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones, as well as more contemporary groups like former tour mates Britpop veterans Oasis. The band’s sound has also been described as neo-psychedelia, jangle pop, and indie rock. Throughout their career, the band has maintained a consistent lineup of Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar), Holmström (guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Brent DeBoer (drums), and Eric Hedford (bass).
The Black Keys
The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Patrick Carney (drums). The Black Keys have released eight studio albums, two EPs, and a live album. Their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, was released on May 13, 2014. In 2010, they released Brothers, which along with its popular single “Tighten Up”, won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
TheBlack Keys are one of the most successful rock bands of today and have influenced many other rock bands that have followed them.
The White Stripes
Formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan, The White Stripes rose to prominence in the early 2000s as part of the garage rock revival scene. Consisting of just Jack White and Meg White, the band is known for their minimalist approach and stripped-down sound. They released seven albums between 1999 and 2011, including their most popular album, 2003’s Elephant. The White Stripes have Influence many subsequent bands and are considered one of the most important acts of the 2000s.
Queens of the Stone Age
Psychedelic rock, also known as garage rock, is a type of rock music that is characterized by distortion, feedback, and other elements of non-standard sound. Psychedelic rock began in the mid-1960s with band such as The Beatles, The Byrds, and The Beach Boys experimenting with new sounds. By the late 1960s, psychedelic rock had become its own genre with bands such as Pink Floyd, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix leading the way.
In the early 1990s, a new generation of psychedelic rock bands emerged led by popular acts such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. These bands brought the genre to a new audience and introduced it to a new generation of music fans. Today, there are many popular psychedelic rock bands making music that is both exciting and innovative.
Some of the top psychedelic rock bands of today include:
-The Black Keys
-A Perfect Circle