San Francisco’s Battlehooch defies the calculus of sound. By cross-pollinating elements of psychedelia with modern pop, the six piece have given birth to a mutant strain of kaleidoscopic rock and roll. Hot on the heels of 2013’s Hot Lungs LP, comes their new EP, Wink. Wink is both an homage to the great tripped out albums of the past (with nods to greats like Syd Barrett, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Os Mutantes) and a contribution to the current revival of psychedelic indie pop (i.e. Tame impala, Thee Oh Sees, Foxygen, etc.).
While Wink is awash in vivid sounds and sumptuous textures, it is never at the expense of the songwriting. Instead, the myriad of aural colors exist only to enrich the harmonic and melodic details of the songs. The combined effect results in a collection of songs that are immediately inviting and pleasing, while still managing to go in exciting new directions you never expected!
Battlehooch will be returning to the road to support Wink in early 2015 with dates on both the east and west coast. Previously the band has held opening slots for Of Montreal, Crystal Castles, The Danielson Family, Ponytail, Nomo, Gza (from Wu-tang Clan,) and Cherub. They have also had their track featured in a national TV ad for Go Pro Cameras that showed during the Olympics and Monday night Football.
For Fans Of: Beck, Tame Impala, Foxygen