The Warlocks


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Four guitarists, two drummers, a bassist, and a tambourine jam on repetitive riffs and rhythms to amass a wall of white noise that shoots directly to your reptilian brain. Bobby Hecksher's Warlocks continue a musical trajectory that he began while working with Beck in his early days and then with the Rolling Stones-worshipping Brian Jonestown Massacre. "Cocaine Blues" is the standout on the wholly brilliant EP The Warlocks. Its intricately woven guitar lines twist under Bobby Hecksher's druggy, hazy, lazy Lou Reed vocals. The Warlocks don't hide the impact of the Velvet Underground and "Song for Nico" takes the slow build of a tune like "Heroin" and blows it up into a gorgeous drone. Spacemen 3, Spectrum, and Spiritualized hang on like conjured up ghosts, but the Warlock's space rock is less likely to trip you out into a mindless netherzone then rock your world.

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