Quality: 3.75 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4 out of 5
I can't think of too much psychedelic music from the Kiwi state that wasn't kind of twee, folkish stuff. These Aucklander's, however, are straight on bringing the noise with a pretty tight sound. They're dancing along the late 60's/early 70's axis, but do peg it more sincerely than most. They are able to evoke the 'groovy' vibe, but just as often hit on the scummy, cycle gang grind personified my the feller on the cover's beard.
The first couple of tunes hit on the twin slipstreams of vintage chiming, guitar sounds and a Marshall amp pummeling. Your first guess will probably be correct as to what "Purple" sounds like, but that doesn't mean that it's not a jolly time. "Oh Long John" pushes that vibe a little further down the empty, sunstreaked New Zealand highway, while "I Stoner" is that Wild Angel party at the end of the drive.
There's definitely a whiff of the debut EP at work here, but the music does constitute a nice journey, and the groop adeptly mixes a few more fashionable influences like the San Fran scene with a few way off the trending charts like Deep Purple and Foghat. You've gotta respect that!