Psychedelic Rock Bands in Buffalo

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Looking for a mind-bending musical experience? Check out our list of the best psychedelic rock bands in Buffalo. From classic psychedelic sounds to modern experimental jams, these bands will take you on a trip you won’t soon forget.

The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in 1977. The mainstay of the band throughout its existence has been singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar. Though they scored several hits in the 1980s and early 1990s, the band is best known for its groundbreaking single “Love My Way,” which became a staple of 1980s new wave radio.

The Psychedelic Furs rose to prominence with their 1979 self-titled debut album, which spun off the top 20 hit “Pretty in Pink.” The following year, the band released their second album, “Talk Talk Talk,” which featured the singles “Mr. Jones” and “Dum Dum Boys.” “Forever Now,” the third Psychedelic Furs album, was released in 1982 and spun off the top 10 hit “Love My Way.”

After a four-year break, thePsychedelic Furs returned with 1987’s “Midnight to Midnight,” which yielded the top 40 hit “Heartbreak Beat.” The band’s final album of new material, 1991’s “World Outside,” produced two more charting singles, “Until She Comes” and “All That Money Wants.”

The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in the early 1990s but reunited for tours in 2000 and 2006. In 2011, the band released a collection of previously unreleased material, entitled “Mirror Moves.” Since then, they have continued to tour periodically.

The Cult

The Cult is a psychedelic rock band from Buffalo, New York. The band was formed in 2013 by brothers John and George Cult. The band has released two albums, “The Cult of Psychedelia” (2013) and “Buffalo Sunrise” (2016). The band is currently signed to New West Records.

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1984. The band’s most prominent line-up consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni. The Stone Roses have been credited as one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were also one of the first groups to bring back guitars to mainstream British pop music and were labelled as leaders of the Second Summer of Love in 1989.

The band’s debut album, The Stone Roses was released on 16 May 1989 and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. The success of the album turned the band into international stars and was hailed as a groundbreaking work of its era. However, creative differences between Brown and Squire led to their split in 1996; each issuing new material under their own name for several years before finally disbanding in 2011.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans is a psychedelic rock band from Buffalo, New York, United States, that was active from 1966 to 1968. The band’s sound was a combination of garage rock and acid rock, with elements of folk rock, soul, and blues. The Charlatans is considered to be one of the first psychedelic rock bands.

The Charlatans formed in late 1966, after the dissolution of two previous groups: The Fantastic Five, which featured Chadwick on lead vocals and guitar; and The Godz, which included Chadwick on lead vocals and bass guitar. The Charlatans’ lineup consisted of Chadwick on lead vocals and bass guitar, Bob Czaykowski on lead guitar and vocals, John Czaykowski on drums and percussion, Michael Pitts on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Richard Bracely on keyboards and vocals.

The Charlatans released two singles in 1967: “I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody” / “Window Pane” (on the Shindig label), and “The Days Of Pearly Spencer” / “Mr. Tambourine Man” (on theDecibel label). Both singles failed to chart. The band toured extensively in 1967 and 1968, playing shows with Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Roger Daltrey Solo Tour.

The Charlatans disbanded in early 1968.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. After signing to independent label creation records, the band released their first single “Upside Down” in 1984. The follow-up “Just Like Honey” was released in 1985 and is considered a classic of the genre.

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