The Loons ‘Blue Ether’

Ugly Things‘ Mike Stax, wife Anja and the guys from La Mesa dazzle with video for new Dirty Water single ‘Blue Ether’

Mike Stax on the song: “I’d say ‘Blue Ether’ was a mixture of Electric Banana Pretty Things, Da Capo Love and Sunset Strip raga rock. We recorded it using an the original 8-track Ampex machine from Sunset Sound so we may have smeared in some tape residue from Strange Days, Safe As Milk or Buffalo Springfield Again. Certainly, like the song says, we were reaching for a higher place.”

Anja Stax on the inspiration behind the video: “We already had an idea about using some of the video footage which was recorded at our most recent photo shoot. We had our friends Ake and Josh, collectively known as Operation:Mindblow do all the liquid light projections for the photos and the mood and colors just turned out perfectly to work with the title “Blue Ether”. I love what those guys can do with a few overhead projectors, oils and secret ingredients. The next inspiration was watching a BBC documentary about the anniversary of Saturday Night Fever. Interesting and not so well known that it was leaning on the 60s angle as the article which the movie was based on was originally based on the whole English mod movement. I have always loved the movie and especially that opening scene when John Travolta is walking down the sidewalk with his cool boots and not a care in the world. The director mentioned that this scene was shot with the camera sitting on a skateboard which immediately gave me the idea of the opening scene of the video. A homage to a movie, made on a low budget but with great visual outcome. We taped my phone to a skateboard, attached a piece of string and went up and down our street to the amusement of all our neighbors. I think the outcome is quite good.”

Tour Dates

29.3. Longrono – Stereo
30.3. Cangas – Salason
31.3. Ponferrada, Spain – Freakland Festival, Sala La Vaca
01.4. Bilbao – Satelite T
02.4. Pamplona – Nebula Bar
03.4. Gijon -Sala Memphis
04.4. Madrid – Funhouse
06.4. Scorzè/Venice, Italy – Novak Club
07.4. Alessandria, Italy – Primavera  Beat, Cinema Macallè


Kacy & Clayton ‘Seven Wonders’

Wow! Shindig! love this. 2018 has started on the right foot. Watch the video for ‘Seven Wonders’ from the forthcoming The Siren’s Song album below

Canadian psych/folk duo Kacy & Clayton have announced a European tour in May 2018, following the UK release of their new album The Siren’s Song via New West on 27 April.

Read more Kacy & Clayton ‘Seven Wonders’


Win Shindig! Goodies

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Thee Hypnotics… back after 20 years!

It was six years ago that Shindig! ran an epic interview with Jim, Ray and Phil about the highs and lows of THEE HYPNOTICS. At that time a line was clearly drawn under this volatile rock ’n’ soul maelstrom but now 20 years on after their last show they’re back… for a limited time… A feature about the latest happenings will follow in issue #78

“Thee Hypnotics care only for their own generic past and frenetic present. The future doesn’t even get a look in… forget regression, this is reincarnation! Past, present and future!” (Melody Maker, 1989).

A heavyweight vinyl anthology, including rare and unreleased material from 90s hell-raising rock’n’rollers Thee Hypnotics, is due out via Beggars Arkive, with an accompanying tour this April.

Taking their cues from the Detroit militancy of The MC5, the corrupting output of The Stooges and the gospel according to The Cramps, Thee Hypnotics’ devastating brand of rock’n’roll was propelled by near punishing decibel levels and a fervour bordering on the evangelical.

Blazing a devastating trail of high-octane thrills and annihilation, Thee Hypnotics occupied a bizarre hinterland that sat somewhere between the British neo-psychedelic scene of the late 80s and the detonation of garage-influenced rock from the Pacific northwest of the early 90s. Little wonder that a band that shone so bright would burn out before the end of the century.

And now they’re back…

Thee Hypnotics have reformed for a 15-date reunion tour in April to celebrate the Beggars Arkive release.

For the first time in 20 years, the classic line-up of co-founders Jim Jones (vocals) and Ray Hanson (guitar), with Phil Smith (drums) and Jeremy Cottingham (bass), is set to hit the road with all the power of a Viking raiding party. Still harbouring an intense belief in assaultive rock’n’roll as libration, and delivering their sonic payload with a savage intensity, this influential and legendary group is back to testify one more time.

Thee Hypnotics play:
March 29 ~ Blue Devils, Orleans, France
March 30 ~ Petit Bain, Paris, France
March 31 ~ Soundhouse, Leicester
April 1 ~ The Cluny, Newcastle
April 2 ~ Marc Riley BBC 6 Music session, Salford
April 4 ~ Le Pub, Newport
April 5 ~ King Tuts, Glasgow
April 6 ~ Hare & Hounds (Large Room), Birmingham
April 7 ~ Night People, Manchester
April 8 ~ The Albert, Brighton
April 11 ~ The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
April 12 ~ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
April 13 ~ Mirth Marvel Maud, London
April 14 ~ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
April 15 ~ Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

Tickets for the UK dates are £13, and £15 for London, and go on sale today.
Full details are available on Thee Hypnotics’ website:
~ Stay tuned for more details on the record release ~

Shindig! Broadcast #46

Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills, Paul Osborne and Thomas Patterson return to Soho Radio. Celebrating a myriad of 1968 sounds on the back of issue #75 and with The Dials performing a brilliant live session this is one killer show. Not to miss!


Khruangbin ‘Maria También’

Fifty Foot Hose ‘Red Sign Post’

The Banana Splits ‘Gonna Find A Cave’

Nancy Priddy ‘You’ve Come This Way Before’

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band ‘A Child’s Guide To Good And Evil’

The Bee Gees ‘Harry Braff’

The Rags ‘Mr Cool’

The Dials ‘The Nark’

Pentangle ‘Goodbye Pork Hat’

The Dials ‘The Race’ (Live)

The Dials ‘Watch Her Walk Away’ (Live)

The Dials ‘Everlast’ (Live)

Kevin Ayers ‘The Lady Rachel’

Last Of The Easy Riders ‘Unto The Earth’

The Millennium ‘The Know It All’

The Everly Brothers ‘Ventura Boulevard’

Brewer & Shipley ‘Keeper Of The Keys’

Clarence Carter ‘Looking For A Fox’

The Temptations ‘Cloud Nine’

Bobbie Gentry ‘Ace Insurance Man’

Joe South ‘Hush’

Can ‘Nineteenth Century Man’

The Black Delta Movement ‘King Mosquito’

Big Brother & The Holding Company ‘Combination Of The Two’

Barry Booth ‘He’s Very Good With His Hands’

The Electric Banana ‘Alexander’

The Animated Egg ‘Sock It My Way’