Wellington, New Zealand quintet Beatcomber came out with ‘Twiins’ and ‘Psych 75’ back in August but because I hadn’t turned my eye across the pond in a little bit I am late to the party. Brass tacks: Beatcomber is a no-fi / lo-fi band that take long sips from the same LSD-laced pools as psychedelic transients King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (back before the Gizz became truly prolific). Spasming among clouds of heady incense, Beatcomber has churned out two blistering singles of frenetic psychedelia that rattle and agitate against the confines of the garage they were written in.
‘Twiins’ starts out sweetly, a plodding pace lifts up the cloying guitar while Sophie Scott-Maunder’s lyrics hook the ears. For the first three minutes it’s nothing you haven’t already heard but eventually the band let loose in a whirlwind of colourful riffs and increased tempo hammering. ‘Pysch 75’ kicks off in grungier style, almost continuing the psych-jabbering of ‘Twiins’ (listen to the songs back to back, it makes it so much better). The rhythmic musical gyrations are only slightly tempered by the vocal coos and hoots, which seemingly only serve to spur on the next spit-riff assault. I can imagine this band throws down heavy when playing this song live – I thrown down heavy when listening (stomp, stomp, clap).
These are two fun and infectious songs from a band I am pleased to know exist over in NZ.