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: www.theehypnotics.net
~ Stay tuned for more details on the record release ~
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