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Album Review

The Brain Police's sole LP, actually a demo disc in a plain sleeve made with the intention of attracting label interest, is fair but unexceptional local 1968 psychedelia. It's one of those records without any serious flaws, but also without any seriously exceptional properties to compel cult interest (although, obviously, it got some cult interest, as it eventually got reissued on CD with bonus tracks). There are baroque pop influences in some of the melodies, harmonies, and arrangements; shifts in tempo and tune that obviously took some time to work out, even if they weren't that striking; tight interplay between guitars and organ; and a bit of blues and heavy psych to the solos. Sometimes this has a nearly AM radio pop/rock bounce that's lighter than usual for bands of this ilk (as on "Find Me a Moment"), but there's also grinding bluesy rock ("Gypsy Fast Woman"); the intro to "Adler" takes liberally from Cream's arrangement of "I'm So Glad." [The CD reissue on Normal/Shadoks doubles the track listing with ten bonus cuts, including the 1969 single "World of Wax"/"Smoking at Windsor Hill"; the sunny, almost geeky pop/rock of a 1964 single by the Mandells, who included Brain Police songwriters Rick Randle and Norman Lombardo; and three garage singles from 1965-1966 by the Other Four, who also had Randle and Lombardo in the lineup.]

Customer Reviews

Icelandic Stoner Rock from 1999, not 1968.

The iTunes store has it all wrong. This is not a reissue from some sixties psychedelic band, this is the first album from the Icelandic based band Brain Police, released in 1999.

I don't know much about the band's history, other than to say that I saw them at a music festival in Reykjavik (in 2009) and they were brilliant. These guys take heavy influence from more "classic" stoner rock bands like Black Sabbath and Kyuss without coming off as a cheap imitation of either. Heavy, infectious riffs, and powerful vocals make this (and their 2 other albums) must haves for any fan of the genre.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Taking their name from an old Frank Zappa tune ("Who are the Brain Police"), and their style from ‘60s psych and ‘70s hard rock, as synthesized and modernized by the ‘90s stoner rock movement, Gunnlaugur Lárusson (guitar), Hörður Stefánsson (bass), and Jón Björn Ríkarðsson (drums) formed Brain Police in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1998. Singer Vagn Leví performed on the group's self-produced debut, Glacier Sun, in 2000, but departed shortly after Brain Police contributed a song to an Icelandic film called...
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