Of all the musical hubs on the planet, Germany has produced some of the most interesting and challenging music of our times. Rather than dominating popular music charts, German music tends to favour the underground, the Avant Gard and the alternative. In the early 70’s, ‘Krautrock’ was a term devised in the UK, as a way of pigeonholing anything that was remotely experimental or electronic or psychedelic coming out of Germany.
Whilst a lot of bands and artists who somehow fell into this category denounced the term and refused to be typecast, there is no denying the quality of improvised rock music produced by German bands over the years.
Psychedelic bands don’t come any better than Vibravoid.
One such band is acid rock kings, Vibravoid. Hailing from Dusseldorf and drenched in the summer of love, Vibravoid wear their influences proudly, giving nods to all eras of psychedelic freakiness!
Two awesome Vibravoid compilations have recently been released. A 13 track introspective sampler entitled “Psychedelic Blueprints” and a beautifully packaged, limited edition box set of full concert recordings, “Loudness for the Masses”.
Released by Stoned Karma Records, Psychedelic Blueprints covers ground from 2000 through to 2013, handpicking key tracks from all 7 of their official studio releases. As previously mentioned, Vibravoid embrace all forms of psychedelic music.
At times they can sound like mid 60’s psych garage rockers 13th Floor Elevators or The Seeds. Other tracks give a huge nod to early Pink Floyd and more directly, Hawkwind. And even further, can draw from the neo-psychedelic, paisley sounds of The Flaming Lips or early Church through to the metronomic groove of San Fran’s Wooden Shjips. Lava lamps and patchouli abound!
All tracks have been remastered and remixed and sound terrific. This is a nice intro to those unfamiliar with Vibravoid. Key tracks include Playing With Beuys; What You Want; The Politics Of Ecstasy; Gravitation Zero and Void Vibration.
Loudness for the Masses
Loudness for the Masses is a 6 CD box set that includes the complete recordings of Vibravoid’s sets at various European festivals from 2015 and earlier this year. And it clearly shows from these recordings, like all great psychedelic bands, Vibravoid’s true home is on the stage where they can play long, extended, improvised jams, taking their songs into the far reaches of space and time.
The sound quality on some of these recordings is slightly bootleg in nature, however there is no doubting the commitment of the band, taking their audiences with them on their mind bending trip. Supporting their own songs, are cool interpretations of Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart Of Sun”; Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida” and The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows”.
Vibravoid takes you on a psychedelic journey to the centre of your mind….stopping at all stations!! Get on board!
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