The Phoenix Album

The Phoenix Album

by The Warlocks


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The psychedelic-drenched Los Angeles group's underlying modus operandi is to "conjure up music as an experience." Both live and recorded, lead vocalist/guitarist Bobby Hecksher -- along with a six- to eight-member entourage -- transform jams into something tangible, much like avant-garde Suicide and space rockers Spiritualized have been known to do. The five-song mini-album almost merits full-length status, as it clocks over an hour in length. The seven-minute "Stone Hearts" is the most memorable, with its fuzzed-out drones and tranquil, Jason Pierce-esque vocals. The other tracks offer up more long, instrumental neo-psychedelia bliss that start on one plane and end up on a different euphonious level, thus obliging their MO. The Warlocks' un-gimcrack multi-instrumentation, featuring two drummers and a former Brian Jonestown Massacre member, may help explain the jam band and drug-induced connotations. Exploring these influences is the Syd Barrett tone on the final track, "Minneapolis Mad Man." The end result is a blurring of lines between reality and fiction, making Phoenix EP ethereal both in spirit and effect.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2003
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0724596922729
catalogNumber: 9227

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warlocks   Primary Artist
Sonic Boom   Guitar
Danny Hole   Drums
Mike McHugh   Drums
Bobby Hecksher   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards
Larry Hardy   Vocals,Voices
Jeff Levitz   Guitar,Sitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Laura Grisby   Organ
Jason "Plucky" Anchondo   Percussion,Drums
Corey Lee Granet   Guitar

Technical Credits

Betsy Palmer   Promotions Director
Donnell Cameron   Engineer
Dave Pearlman   Engineer
Mark Wheaton   Engineer
Bryan Lasley   Artwork
Mike McHugh   Engineer

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