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Album Review

The first recording issued from ex-Soundgarden members after their April '97 breakup is a bit of a surprise. Shedding their ex-band's sludge-metal sound, Matt Cameron (drums) and Ben Shepherd (vocals) explore 60's garage rock sounds (the Who, the Ventures, etc.), and add some hallucinogenic elements as well (late Beatles, Pink Floyd w/ Syd Barrett). Ex-Monster Magnet member John Paul McBain rounds out the group (on guitar & bass), and proves to be well-versed in achieving interesting, classic sounds from inexpensive home-recording equipment. Declaration of Conformity is Ben Shepherd's debut as lead vocalist of a group (he played bass in Soundgarden), and his high-pitched voice fits this unusual retro music perfectly. "Sandy," "Far Side of Your Moon," and "Nati Bati Yi" explore surf music, while "Enebrio" and "Space Travel In A Blink of An Eye" are influenced by early Pink Floyd (they even cover Syd Barrett's "Lucy Leave" on the album). Other highlights include the spooky "Green Undertow," and the strutting "Trowerchord." Fans of the Wellwater Conspiracy should also check out their precursor group, Hater, which released an album on A&M back in 1993 (and featured two other members).

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This has a good pyschadelic thing going, but there later albums are a little more non beatles-esque and i think better. Nothing wrong with it though and you can certainly buy worse. Plus they have a song called Palomar Observatory and i live like 20 mintues away from there.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Wellwater Conspiracy is a trio that consists of drummer Ted Dameron, singer Zeb, and John Paul McBain on guitar. If the first two names sound familiar to Soundgarden fans, that's because it's none other than former members Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd going by aliases. Joining them is ex-Monster Magnet member John Paul McBain, and the group destroys all preconceptions of what a Soundgarden/Monster Magnet supergroup would sound like. It's understandable to think that it would be like Sabbath, but...
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