One of the more enjoyable things coming out of Florida these days is WAYLON THORNTON & THE HEAVY HANDS. Comprised of Waylon and his wife Meg on drums, this duo from Gainesville doesn’t seem the least bit shy taking you through a whirlwind tunnel of a twisted, time-warped journey.
It’s kind of like if Lux Interior (The Cramps) came back from the dead, crossed paths with King Khan, then somehow they found a space shuttle and went up to Mars for a rendezvous light year – this would probably be what would crash back down into the ocean. Their newest cassette release Enter The Coven teeter-totters between an upbeat surfy garage feel and a slowly fuzzed out psychedelic trance-like state. The whole album has very little lyrical content lending more time to focus on the twilight zone inspired composition. I swear I am hearing cartoon ray gun sounds throughout, maybe it’s just me. Either way, I dig it! If this album can make me think I am hearing things that aren’t really there – yikes! Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands should start marketing themselves as an anti-drug. “Stay off drugs kids, just listen to our albums! You will hear crazy shit!”
“Bottomed Out Bill,” “Hounds of Dracula,” and “Lost in a Cave” are more on the garage-influenced blues and surf slope while “Telepath” and “Astral Conjurer” will suck you into the more fuzzy, mesmerizing state this husband-wife duo has in mind. Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands have had a whole slew of albums released in the past six years, but Enter the Coven was released just this past May. The album is available via digital download on their Bandcamp page or you can order a self-released, home-dubbed cassette tape which includes a super personalized drawing from Waylon himself! A true collectors item, you could say. Get one before they’re gone!
Genre/ Tags: Garage Rock, Lo-Fi
Enter the Coven CS: Tracklist:
1.) Bottomed Out Bill
3.) Hounds of Dracula
5.) Huff Glue, Get Scars
6.) Lost In a Cave
7.) Take Me to the Master
8.) Enter the Coven
9.) Astral Conjurer