Drinking Flowers // Sanity Restored 1972 EP
Recommended Track: Bite The Hand That Needs You
A psych rock wave formed recently. After it splashed onto the scene, California surfers and rockers alike soaked it in like a sponge. Los Angeles group Drinking Flowers are taking a ride on that psychedelic movement with their new cassette tape Sanity Restored 1972.
The genre consists of sleepy vocals that cling to heavy hitting-drums and fuzzed guitars. Images of colorful oil and water projections and black and green spirals usually appear when listening to this music. Or is that the second hand acid trip you get from the speakers? Whatever you call it, psych rock or acid rock, it’s groovy as hell.
Sanity Restored 1972 contains similar sounds of current psych rock bands like The Black Angels. While the six-song release admittedly sounds like a recreation of the Austin, Texas band, it brings a different energy and more of a California sunshine vibe.
The title track opens up with thunderous drums and monotone vocals. Laid back vibes take over with an overlay of distorted fuzz guitar while sleepy vocals chime in. Just when the first track puts listeners in a warm daze, the second track, “Hide it,” welcomes upbeat yet heavy drums. Energetic bass riffs then open up a floodgate of guitar bliss. The energy-driven song reassures the fact that this music is meant for dancing and not just spacing out, staring at the wall.
Those same dance vibes continue with the next track. Walls of noise plaster “Bite the Hand that Needs You.” A steady beat keeps up solid grooves while light vocals dance with a stream of guitar vibrato. The song weighs more than a 500 pound boulder and crushes any speculation that this is just a rip off of “Phosphene Dream.”
After an abrupt ending, those trippy images fade away. Dancing slows down to a halt. Reality sinks in. Only to fade away once that play button is pushed again.