Psycho Sundae Mini Reviews, 20 December 2015

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It’s been a while but Psycho Dave @whozthecat has penned a few more mini reviews of acts who featured in today’s Communication themed show….

The Cosmonauts – Sweet Talk

The Cosmonauts are a Californian based Garage Punk band influenced by the likes of Spacemen 3, Sonic Youth and The Velvet Underground.  Their sound is atmospheric, sometimes menacing but laden with great hooks.   Apart from a couple of compilations they’ve released 2 albums proper ‘If You Wanna Die Then I Wanna Die’ (2012) and the critically acclaimed ‘Persona Non Grata’ (2013) from which our featured track is taken.  This album drew everyone’s attention, and having now shown bags of potential you still can’t help thinking there’s so much more to come – their next album is one of my most eagerly anticipated.

Miriam – Questioningly

Most people seem to remember Miriam (Linna) from being the drummer of The Cramps but this was just for a brief period between 1976 and 1977.  After leaving the Cramps, Miriam went on to join Nervous Rex before forming Garage Rock band The A-Bones.  She also played drums on Maureen Tucker’s ‘Dogs Under The Stress’ album as well as Figure Of Light’s ‘Drop Dead’.

Our featured track is a cover of a Ramones song of whom Miriam was a massive fan, and I prefer it to the original.  It appears on her fantastic debut solo album ‘Nobody’s Baby’ which was 3rd in my top ten albums of 2014 list.  The album has a Phil Spector 60’s girl group type sound and was released on her own Norton Records label.  If you don’t already own a copy you’re missing out!!

The Young Sinclairs – We Spoke Our Minds

Taken from a 7” EP by this Virginian six piece, who now have 8 albums under their belt.  They are accomplished musicians who give us their own take on Byrds infused Psychedelic Folk Rock. Bassist Daniel Cundiff also plays in ‘power trio’ Eternal Summers and you may remember singer/guitarist Samuel Lunsford from 63 Crayons. 2014’s This Is The Young Sinclairs album was a top album but the bonus track ‘I Could Die’ was a big step away from the jangly sound we’ve come to expect from them and veered into previously unexplored full on Psych.  Could they be telling us something by this? Their next album will give us the answer – intriguing……….Enjoy!

 

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