When the seasons change, there's a certain apprehension in the air. Especially at the end of the summer, because it's about to be fall, and that means winter is close. Well, Grand Rapids trio Heaters recorded their new album Holy Water Pool last winter, but it's kind of perfect for these last warm days. "We built this in the winter, dug right into the frozen ground and spewed out a holy water pool. A dark swirl but a good swim," the band told FADER via e-mail. Holy Water Pool sounds like a lot of things. It's psych rock, that's for sure. It sounds like the Byrds on mushrooms, boosted by chaotic Bo Diddley-type blues riffs and surf rock melodies in the classic tradition of Duane Eddy and Dick Dale (the Del-Tones had "Surf Beat," Heaters have "Bad Beat"). Interspersed throughout each track are sweet hooks reminiscent of '70s band Television, and it's hard not to think of the 13th Floor Elevators, or of Syd Barrett sucking on a jolly rancher. Get free, and are you feeling alright are just a couple of the psychedelic tidbits that surface. But there's a frantic quality to Holy Water Pool as well that makes the album feel a little uneasy, in a good way. It's out September 25th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. Stream Holy Water Pool below.
September 15, 2015