Warlocks Return!

 

New album + a slew of
SXSW appearances…

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

A year and a half ago we interviewed the Warlocks’ Bobby
Hecksher about his band’s then-recent album Heavy
Deavy Skull Lover
(Tee Pee). Now comes word of the followup, titled The Mirror Explodes and due May 19 from
Tee Pee. We’ve got the scoop, below, including word on the group’s upcoming
showcase at SXSW. Read on….

 

 

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For five albums, The Warlocks have lived between and
beyond the minutes and hours of time. Sway to The Warlocks live and loud and songs will drift and envelop each
other like the fog. Listen to the records and you’ll hear soundtracks to
fuzz-freaked, bacchanalian stomps, pre-dawn city prowls, sleeping late with new
crushes, and the elation and exhaustion that washes in and recede deep into the
wee hours.

 

The Warlocks new LP, The Mirror Explodes, speaks and
whispers from all of these places. But where the band’s last long player, Heavy
Deavy Skull Lover,
tweaked time in an icy-cool, white-noise swirl that
evoked a decadent lysergic night, The
Mirror Explodes
is disorientation through a longer lens -pictures of
luck, longing, losing, moods and fever dreams scrambled in the haze of near
and distant memory.

 

On the 8 songs of The Mirror
Explodes,
the band’s signature amalgam of White Light/White Heat
attack; space panoramas, fuzz, melancholy, and melody is present and potent.
But there is a vivid focus too. Throbbing bass lines, distant rolling thunder
drums, and zombie rattlesnake shake are a heartbeat of strange, ominous
vitality. Guitars howl, slash and bounce like light. Bobby Hecksher’s vocals sound oddly alone and unsettlingly
intimate all at once. And just when you think you understand the sum of these
sonic elements, they become something else entirely.

The Mirror Explodes was produced and recorded by Rod Cervera (Weezer, The Rentals) at Clear Lake Studios,
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering. Listen to the first track, “Red
Camera” off the band’s new album below.

 

 

The Mirror Explodes Tracklist:

 

1.
Red Camera

2. The Midnight Sun
3. Slowly Disappearing
4. There Is A Formula To Your Despair
5. Standing Between The Lovers Of Hell
6. You Make Me Wait
7. Frequency Meltdown
8. Static Eyes

 

 

SXSW Shows:

 

 

3.15.09
Vulcan Gas Co. 2 Austin, TX
w/ Black Angels, Dead Meadow, A Place To Bury Strangers
and more!
3.19.09 Roky Erickson Psychedelic
Ice Cream Social Austin, TX w/ Roky
Erickson
3.19.09 The Compound
Austin, TX
3.21.09 Club 1808 2-7PM Tee Pee Records / LA Record SXSW Day Party Austin, TX w/ Annihilation Time, Year
Long Disaster, Night Horse
3.21.09 Viva Radio/American Apparel official showcase Time TBA Austin, TX

 

 

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