L.A. psych-rock heathens transcend with scorching new split single & video
Los Angeles’ Frankie and the Witch Fingers are one of the best bands in the psychedelic scene right now. On the strength of their propulsive, fuzzed-out riffs, careening rhythms and rapid-fire live presence, they’ve ascended the rungs of the garage-psych movement, bottling the sort of energy that’s made huge stars of King Gizzard, Uncle Acid and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Their most recent LP ZAM was also one of our favorite albums of last year.
Today the band returns with a split 7″ single featuring the scorching new tracks “Mind’s Eye” and “Cavehead.” The former track was teased on Frankie’s website last week, and opens on a series of squiggly, pulsating electronic-synth wobbles, igniting the sonic fire beneath singer-guitarist Dylan Sizemore’s hypnotic vocals. Eventually the track unspools into a combustible climax of thrashy psych-punk riffage and explosive drums. Meanwhile, the latter track “Cavehead” is the more rambunctious and wily of the two, throttling forward with a rhythmic dance kick amidst Sizemore’s plucky, anthemic singing and guitarist Josh Menashe’s hyperactive noodling.
Frankie and the Witch Fingers have also unleashed the mindbending video for “Cavehead” that was directed by, shot by and starring the strange and inimitable “Railroad Bill.” In this delirium-inducing clip, Bill – dressed like a primitive caveman – emerges from a cave and races through a forest, stopping to climb on trees, eat magic mushrooms and smash stuff with rocks with melting with reckless abandon. The video is loaded with distorted animated effects, eye-popping colors and costumed creatures – an utterly drugged-out, head-splitting series of shenanigans that provides the perfect soundtrack for “Cavehead.”
Word on the street is that Frankie and the Witch Fingers have a new album in the works that could be released later this year. We’ll keep you posted as that record comes along, but in the meantime, you can purchase the Cavehead 7″ HERE, watch that freaky music video and listen to “Mind’s Eye” below.