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Main » 2006 » December » 14 » Dark Cellars - 1986 - Heavy Syrup
Dark Cellars - 1986 - Heavy Syrup

The Dark Cellars were formed in June of 1984 near a graveyard for the mentally insane at positively 13 o'clock (actually it was Newtonville, but doesn't matter now). - from the liner notes.

New England garage/psych band, sharing members with the whole local garage scene (Keene Highland Klan, Hopelessly Obscure, Johnny & The Jumper Cables, Four Commandments and the rest Stanton Park groups). Aram Heller (owner of Stanton Park recs and member of Hopelessly Obscure) is on guitar and keyboards in these recordings, and Bryn Carlson (who played with almost every Boston band in the 80s) is on drums. This LP, released in 1986 on Alien Cactus Records (ACR THORN 001) comes from the deepest six-o psyche and includes some real killers, as the instrumental Revolution #2, which, if doesn't get you on your feet, there's a strong possibillity that you're dead.

This is a curious LP, indeed. Collecting tracks recording from 1984 toy 1986, it constantly changes mood and direction, from garage to pop to psych and back again. The engaging "Everybody's Girl" kicks things off with a foot tapping garage melody; this is the type of fun song that'll show up on the future compilations explaining what 80's garage thing was all about.
The love of 13th Floor Elevator-styled dementia is inherent, and the lads even throw in a five-an-half minute version of "Roller Coaster" to drive the point home. I especially like the bands imitation The Evevators' "electric jug" sound - this time it's the vocalist making squeaking noises into a microphone!
New England had some fine garage outfits, and some of them weren't afraid to delve into the guitar-driven world of psychedelia as well. Hats off to the Dark Cellars for giving us a dose of both. (Timothy Gassen-Knights of Fuzz).

Bob Cellar - bs
Aram Heller - gtr, kbds
Brad Michaels - vcls, rhythm gtr
Bryn Carlson - drms

track list:

1- Everybody's girl
2- Alone in my room
3- Space Jam
4- Wake up to the world
5- One of those things
6- Revolving doors
7- Let's go
8- If you even knew why
9- Frustration
10- Roller Coaster
11- Revolution #2

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