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The album cover of Sons of Hippies' Cleopatra Records' debut, Griffons at the Gates of Heaven, hardly prepares one for the genuinely poppy sounds that are the Florida group's strength. Katherine Kelly leads this trio with her fairly straightforward indie-pop songs. The tracks then get a psychedelic treatment in the production stages, where the tripped-out overdubs give bouncy tunes like "Magnets" or "Rose" an extra dimension. New bassist David Daly works well with drummer Jonas Canales, locking into the groove while giving the songs an extra melodic punch, so a tune like "Blood in the Water" has an unusual lead instrument. Legendary Sub Pop Records producer Jack Endino mixed the album, and he does an admirable job of finding the best elements in the mix and bringing them into focus. "Whatever We Spend" apparently has a keyboard in the background for texture, and the extra clusters of backing harmonies color in the sound where the guitars are comfortable rattling off the basic chords. There are no psychedelic epics here; just modern psych-pop songs.

Customer Reviews


Saw the music video, and I had to check out the rest of the album. They do not disappoint!


SONS OF HIPPIES “Griffons At The Gates Of Heaven” takes the Summer of Love vibe and injects it with a dose of Seattle - thanks to Jack Endino’s magic touches at the mixing board! Easily one of the top five new bands of 2013…

Love them.

Imaginative lyrics and melodies that just beg to be sung along with. Minute X Minute is a powerhouse of a song. I expect to be seeing these guys playing at all the major festivals soon!

Griffons at the Gates of Heaven, Sons of Hippies
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