SNAKE FLOWER 2 is led my Matthew Melton of Bare Wires, and this single here is apparently their last. While I can’t really confirm that, you can at least let this single take you on a psyched-out and wild ride through frantic and focused garage-pop.
These guys have more releases than I initially expected, most of which you can view right here. One thing not listed there is their full length “Renegade Daydream” from 2009. So as far as we know this is at least their fourth 7″ single, but apparently it’s the last. These guys take on a careful and focused psych-pop sound with obvious skill and knowledge for pop sensibility and clearly they have the chops to pull it off. Creeping guitar blasts are paired up with a hectic playing style, which gives the songs the feeling that they’re always on the verge of disaster – perhaps best illustrated in “Wild Magic”.
It probably won’t happen all at once, but this stuff WILL grow on you if you keep at it. And not just because you’re forcing yourself to like it. The songs here have an immense quality to sound like they’re always building up, which at some point should become clear that they know what they want to sound like and once again, they have the ability to pull it off. For example, the eye-widening closer “You Can’t Erase a Mirror” finishes out the 7″ with a face-slapping bang to leave a lasting impression. It comes complete with scorching solos over top of the colorfully heavy psych waves, which makes way for a high voltage solo to put the final cherry on top. Now hear it with your own two ears right below.
Wild Magic –
You Can’t Erase a Mirror –
My Rating: 7.5/10
Genre/ Tags: Psychedelic, Garage Rock, Pop
Memory Castle 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Memory Castle
2.) Wild Child
3.) Wild Magic
4.) You Can’t Erase a Mirror