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The fifth studio album from L.A.'s The Warlocks recalls The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s 1995 debut LP, Methodrone. But that's only natural; many members of The Warlocks were once in The Brian Jonestown Massacre. And as with Anton Newcomb’s cultish gathering of musicians, The Warlocks often feature nine or 10 members (replete with a tambourine/percussionist à la Joel Gion). “Red Camera” opens with the hypnotic vintage guitar drone of Spacemen 3 worship and more effect pedals than Slowdive and Ride combined. Over a tambourine mantra that keeps time, Bobby Hecksher sings in a near-whisper, approximating the faux British accent of Spacegirl and Other Favorites–era Newcomb. “The Midnight Sun” follows with slower tempos and My Bloody Valentine–style warbly, woozy floating tremolo guitar. The standout song “There Is a Formula to Your Despair” reveals the most originality. Though it starts out sounding highly influenced by Galaxie 500’s This Is Our Music, Hecksher drives the lovelorn tune into the depths of a space-rock serenade.


Formed: 1998 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Indeed, it's been a long, strange trip for Warlocks leader Bobby Hecksher since his band played their first gig on July 4, 1998. Born in Florida, Hecksher grew up on a steady diet of rock & roll -- his mother worked at a radio station owned by his grandfather -- and in the late '80s, he moved to California and soon formed his first group, Charles Brown Superstar, who issued two singles and two full-length albums before calling it a day. Hecksher was later invited to play on Beck's Stereopathetic...
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