Psychedelic Rock Bands to Watch in 2021

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With a new year comes a new opportunity to find the next big thing in music. Here are some psychedelic rock bands to keep an eye on in 2021.

The Growlers

The Growlers are a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band was founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Brooks Nielsen and guitarist Matthew Switzky. The Growlers have released six studio albums, and their seventh album, Natural Affair, is set to be released in 2021. The band is known for their unique blend of psychedelic rock, surf rock, and country-influenced garage rock.

Their sound

The Growlers are a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States, formed in 2006. The band’s music is based on a mix of 60s psychedelia, surf rock and garage rock, with a thematic focus on theFAKE ARTICLE ocean, beach life, love and marijuana. They have released seven studio albums, two live albums and one compilation album.

Their debut album Are You in or Out? was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. The album was included in NME’s “50 Greatest Albums of the Decade” list. Their second album Hot Tropics was released in 2010 and their third album Hung at Heart was released in 2013 to further critical acclaim. The band’s fourth album Chinese Fountain was released in 2014 and their fifth album City Club was released in 2016. Their most recent album Natural Affair was released in 2019.

The Growlers have been praised for their unique sound and eclectic influences. They have been compared to such diverse artists as The Beach Boys, The Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Neil Young and Iggy Pop.

Their story

Formed in Orange County, California, The Growlers have been making waves in the music industry since their formation in 2006. With a sound that is often described as a mix of psychedelic rock and surf pop, the band has developed a loyal following over the years and shows no signs of slowing down.

The Growlers got their start when mates Brooks Nielsen and Matt Taylor decided to start making music together. Inspired by the local punk and garage rock scenes, the duo began writing and recording their own songs, eventually self-releasing their debut album Are You in or Out? in 2009.

Since then, The Growlers have released six more albums, including 2016’s City Club, which was produced by The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. The band has also toured extensively, both as headliners and support act for bigger artists like Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Pixies.

With a unique sound and an ever-growing fan base, The Growlers are definitely one of the psychedelic rock bands to watch in 2021.

The Black Angels

The Black Angels are an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas, United States, formed in 2004. The band has released five studio albums and one live album. They have toured extensively both in the US and Europe.

Their sound

The Black Angels create a sound that is both old and new; a perfect concoction of 60s psychedelia mixed with a modern day edge. With hypnotic riffs, droning bass lines and pounding drums, their music transports the listener to a time when music was all about taking risks and pushing boundaries.

Their story

The Black Angels are an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. The band was formed in 2004 by Alex Maas, Christian Bland, and Kyle Hunt. The Black Angels have released five studio albums, the most recent being Death Song in 2017. The band is currently signed to Blue Horizon Records.

The Black Angels take their name from the 1966 film of the same name by Lucio Fulci. The film is about a group of young people who turn to Satanism after experiencing a series of increasingly horrific events.

The Black Angels have been described as “the best psychedelic rock band of the 21st century” by Exclaim! magazine, and as “the missing link between the Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain” by NME.

The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes are a Danish indie rock band that formed in 2001. The band is known for their dark and atmospheric music, which often features elements of shoegaze and noise pop. The Raveonettes have released eight studio albums and several EPs, and their most recent album, 2016’s Lust Lust Lust, was hailed as a return to form by critics. The Raveonettes are one of the most exciting psychedelic rock bands to watch in 2021.

Their sound

The Raveonettes are a Danish duo who met in Copenhagen in 2001 and released their first album, Chain Gang of Love, in 2003. The band is known for their catchy pop hooks, hazy guitar sound, and strict adherence to the Rule of Two: all songs are written in threes (three chords, three minutes, etc.), and all album artwork features the number two prominently.

The Raveonettes’ music has been compared to The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, and Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” productions. Their influences range from 50s rock and roll to 80s new wave and shoegaze.

Their story

Denmark’s the Raveonettes released a new album, of Jack and Diane-esque “Summer’s Gone,” in September of 2020. The album was co-produced with longtime collaborator Richard Gottehrer and is the first full length release on the band’s own label, Beat Dies Records. The Raveonettes – formed in 2001 by Sune Rose Wagner on guitar and sharpshooter Sharin Foo on bass (who also share lead vocals) – take their name from the 1958 Dion hit “The Wanderer.” A handful of singles (and EP) releases preceded their proper full-length debut, Chain Gang of Love, in 2003. 2005 saw the release of Pretty in Black, an album that saw them experimenting with different sounds and production techniques while still remaining true to their strong pop songwriting skills. Lust Lust Lust followed in 2007, In and Out of Control in 2009,Raven in the Grave in 2011, and Observator in 2012. 2016’s Pe’ahi was a return to guitar-driven rock & roll after a three year hiatus that found Wagner living in L.A., where he’d relocated to be closer to his young son.

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