Ecstatic Vision and Heavy Psych Sounds Announce New Project

I’m not sure what ‘project’ means in this context. Ecstatic Vision, as you in no way need me to tell you, are the ass-kicking, space-rocking troupe on the shortlist of those spearheading heavy psychedelia in their native Philadelphia, PA. They’ve got two full-lengths out via Relapse, the latest of which, Raw Rock Fury (review here), came out in 2017 to blow and expand minds in like measure. Heavy Psych Sounds is the imprint leading the charge for underground heavy in Italy, run by Gabriele Fiori of Black Rainbows and home not only to that band, but others like High Reeper (also from Philly), Duel (from Austin), The Freeks (from CA) and many others.

That the two parties are coming together is nothing but good news, but when Heavy Psych Sounds signs a band outright, that’s what the announcement says. I should know — I’ve posted plenty of those announcements. That’s not what this is. This is “working on a new project.” So what is it? An EP? A tour? A one-off collaborative studio session? A live record? Is it some legal distinction needing to be made for the band to still be a part of Relapse, or have Ecstatic Vision just signed with Heavy Psych Sounds, the announcement’s come through oddly phrased, and I’m reading way, way too much into it?

Time will have to tell, I suppose. Because the details are pretty light here.

New project it is.

From the PR wire:


HPS and american psychedelic rockers ECSTATIC VISION working on a new project!!!

We are really proud to announce to have started working on a new project with the american psychedelic rockers Ecstatic Vision !!!

More info coming soon…

ECSTATIC VISION introduced their brand of heavy primal psych influenced by groups like Hawkwind, Aphrodites Child, Olatunji, Can and early Amon Duul ll in late 2013. Formed in Philadelphia to primarily “play what they wanted to hear,” the band quickly rose to those in the know as a force to be reckoned with. ECSTATIC VISION signed to Relapse Records on the power of a demo and their psychedelic freak out, primal live concerts. Their debut LP, Sonic Praise saw a release by Relapse in June 2015 and during this time the band toured the US with prestigious acts such as Enslaved, YOB and Uncle Acid & The Dead Beats in addition to numerous shows with the likes of Earthless, Red Fang, Acid King and many others. This was followed by a European run that saw them perform at the legendary Roadburn Festival in addition to dates with Bang, Pentagram, and more.

In April 2017, ECSTATIC VISION returned with their 2nd LP Raw Rock Fury, an even more tripped out showcasing of the band’s raucous mix of troglodyte Detroit rock grooves, soothing Krautian motoric sounds, filthy Beefheartian blues and Hawkwindian primal world heavy psych! The addition of multi-instrumentalist Kevin Nickles (Saxophone/Flute/Guitar) has helped the band reach beyond the void and further create a sense of auditory hallucination with Raw Rock Fury. Prepare for one of the dirtiest sounding recordings since MC5’s Kick Out the Jams. Headlining tours of the USA and Europe followed and saw the band share the stage with John Garcia, Dead Meadow, Bongzilla, and the Cosmic Dead and also included a blistering headlining slot on one of Desertfest Berlin’s stages.

Now in 2018 the band started a new collaboration with the italian label Heavy Psych Sounds Records!

Doug Sabolik
Michael Field Connor
Kevin Nickles

Ecstatic Vision, Raw Rock Fury (2017)

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