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Swedish psych-Kraut rockers Les Big Byrd met up by chance with Anton Newcombe at a Swedish record store, where the Brian Jonestown Massacre leader invited them to record and jam with him at his Berlin studio. The result is the band’s debut, They Worshipped Cats: a fascinating mix of influences that keeps the rhythm section rocking hard while the remaining members flip the switch to other galaxies. The title track uses a rather robotic lo-fi drum machine for the rhythmic background until real drums cut in for the second half, while the players gather around cheap synths that somehow stay together to weave a gorgeous low-key jam. Members of the group had done time in Fireside (a Rick Rubin signing) and Caesars, a ‘60s-inspired group. Both groups toured extensively to modest success. For their album, they avoided lo-fi recordings and went with well-layered pieces that thrive on Newcombe’s enthusiasm and the band’s obvious chops. There’s even a sweet-sounding pop song (“Just One Time”) snuck in the middle of all the mind expansion.

Biography

Born: 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Psych-leaning indie act Les Big Byrd was formed in Stockholm, Sweden around 2011 by Joakim Åhlund and Frans Johansson. Two stalwarts of the Swedish underground music scene, Åhlund was formerly of garage-flavored act the Caesars and also worked with the more electronic project Teddybears. Johansson had been part of Fireside, a rock band signed for a time to Def American. After the dissolution of both of their bands, the two came together over a love of experimental rock sounds, forming Les Big Byrd...
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