Tuesday, March 8, 2016


It was all just a dream. It was only a movie. No one was watching you that closely. The psychedelic burn that comes with the fever of living never seems to reveal the unexpected twists that land us in the future we never saw coming. 2008 was a bizarre year for me, filled with animalistic inebriation and pharmaceutical elation, feeling completely secure while losing myself in the sparkling purgatory of Southern California. That time eventually passed and the reliable decadence of Las Vegas became my new artificial high a year ago. In 2008, the birth of a new cosmic psychotropic symphony was taking place in Cleveland, Ohio. Almost a decade later, it is finally complete and its DNA mysteriously altered by the strange times that have passed.

Dark Rides and Grim Visions is a fantastic voyage through hedonistic hallucinations, euphoric black holes, and the unpredictable shades of gray that live within the human condition. New Planet Trampoline wants to expand your mind, disintegrate your perception, and infect you with capricious lysergic rock heavily drenched in psychedelic double vision. The unhinged soul of Syd Barret seethes through this vinyl maze of calming acid rock madness. Vibrating Manzarek organ lines and reverb-singed vocals spin like diabolical clockwork feeding off the ruins of Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Second Hand’s Reality. Guitars spin in and out of orbit while the hyper-focused rhythm section adds a spark to the themed compositions with creative tempo changes and gritty garage rock dexterity. The band exists in many dimensions on this double album, floating through psychedelic pop, avant-garde garage, and primal progressive rock. The artwork of the gatefold packaging on this double LP is just as intriguing as its contents… tune in and drop out.

Stow House Records

New Planet Trampoline

--Kevin McGovern--