Octopus Syng – Reverberating Garden Number 7

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 11:54 | Category : Reviews
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(Mega Dodo)

Review by Jason Banard

Led by Jaire Pätäri, Finland’s Octopus Syng have been releasing psych-themed wonders for about 10 years and have recently released the new album, Reverberating Garden Number 7. 

Octopus Syng

The whole long player has a retro psych sound with its’ excellent tracks well worth seeking out. Bringing some Jefferson Airplane sensibility to its Syd Barrett core is no bad thing as doomy psych opener, the aptly named ‘Avant-Garden’, attests. 

Octopus Syng "Avant-Garden"
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‘In The Middle of Nowhere’ brings in acid folk and ‘Cuckoo Clock Mystery’ recalls The Blossom Toes. 

Octopus Syng - Cuckoo Clock Mystery (Official music video)
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‘You Are The Poem’ and ‘Mirror of Our Memories’ are lovely haunting Barrett-esque psych-folk numbers. Closing with the nine minute finale ‘Listen to the Moths’ the record branches into a proggier direction whilst keeping the group’s psychedelic undertones. 

More information on this and more of Mega Dodo’s aural goodies are available athttp://megadodo.bandcamp.com

Tír na nÓg

Saturday, 31 May 2014, 15:55 | Category : News, Tír na nÓg
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Listen to Irish folk legends Tír na nÓg share the stories behind some of the most gorgeous songs ever recorded.


  1.  Tír na nÓg – Time Is Like A Promise (Tír na nÓg, Chrysalis, 1971) 
  2. Joni Mitchell – Songs to Aging Children Come (Clouds, Reprise, 1969)
  3. Matthews Southern Comfort – Woodstock (Single A-side, UNI, 1970)
  4. Tír na nÓg – Looking Up (Tír na nÓg, Chrysalis, 1971) 
  5. Tír na nÓg ‎– Two White Horses (A Tear and a Smile, Chrysalis, 1972)
  6. Bob Dylan – It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Highway 61 Revisted, Columbia, 1965)
  7. Tír na nÓg ‎– Teeside (Spotlight: BBC Recordings 1972-73, Hux Records, 2001)
  8. Tír na nÓg – Strong In The Sun (Single A-side, Chrysalis, 1973)
  9. Nick Drake – Free Ride (Pink Moon, Island, 1972)
  10. Ray Dolan – Hey Friend (Restless Night, EMI Ire, 1975)
  11. Scullion – Eyelids Into Snow (Balance and Control, WEA, 1980)
  12. Leo O’Kelly – Will (Will, Life & Living Records, 2011)
  13. The Rolling Stones – Play With Fire (Single B-side to The Last Time, Decca, 1965)
  14. Tír na nÓg ‎– I Have Known Love (I Have Known Love, Fruits de Mer, 2014)

As always, listen to tracks from and related to our guest artist. Host Jason Barnard travels virtually to Ireland to speak to  Tír na nÓg’s Leo O’Kelly and Sonny Condell.

If you like the show you can also read the full interview here: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/tir-na-nog-looking-up

Allan Crockford – From The Prisoners to The Galileo 7

Saturday, 31 May 2014, 15:19 | Category : Interview
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Allan Crockford is best known as the bassist in Medway’s seminal act, The Prisoners, who paved the ground in the 80s for the British baggy scene and 90s Britpop. However latterly as his song writing has bloomed he’s stepped out as lead for The Galileo 7. They have a great new album out, False Memory Lane, that is arguably more reflective than his collaborations with former Prisoner Graham Day.

The Galileo 7

 The Galileo 7 (Allan Crockford centre)

Allan speaks to Jason Barnard to share his thoughts on his career, various projects (including the new, rather splendid, Graham Day and The Forefathers single) and flourishing creative outlet in The Galileo 7:


Totem Psych Fest

Friday, 30 May 2014, 19:34 | Category : News
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The aptly name Heavy Psych Sounds, present the Totem Psych Fest. 

This exclusive festival is located one hour north east of Rome, in the small village of Roccasinibalda. It takes place in the courtyard, gardens and underground cellar of a large, scorpion-shaped castle dating back to the 10th century. totempsychfestival

About 25 bands including former Hawklord – Nik Turner Space Gipsy are playing live– ranging from heavy-psychedelic to space rock, sludge doom, stoner, acid-rock, hard-blues and one-man bands.

Given the capacity of the location, tickets are very limited: but it is possible to purchase a three-day pass or single day tickets. Along the castle there will be shows, food stands and many other events. More details are on the Totem Psych Fest website.

It looks extremely cool, gotta love the promo poster artwork too…

Chris Devotion and The Expectations Break Out

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 20:28 | Category : Articles
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By Jason Barnard

After hearing the opening chords of Chris Devotion and The Expectations new album ‘Break Out’ I knew I was in for something special. It’s eleven strident tracks capture your heart but importantly they’re just great pop/rock songs.  I had to instantly find out who was making such an exciting racket and speak to their lead singer/songwriter Chris Devotion. 


All hail the new Costello/ Springsteen and let’s take back the charts!


George Young, Harry Vanda and George Alexander

Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 19:37 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton

The legendary Marcus Hook Roll Band’s classic album Tales of Old Grand-Daddy is being re-issued on 2 June with two previously unreleased tracks and three rarities.


The album saw former Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young collaborate with Young’s older brother Alex Young (George Alexander of Grapefruit fame) on the UK recordings.

However, it is the album’s Australia-recorded tracks that will probably be of most interest to record collectors as they feature the first ever recordings by George Young’s younger siblings, AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young.

Nick Warburton looks back at the various projects that Harry Vanda and George Young pursued with George Alexander after The Easybeats and Grapefruit broke up and the formation of The Marcus Hook Roll Band: