Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom

Cardinal Fuzz and Eye Vybe Records are releasing the new LP by Chicago’s premier freak rock band – Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, it is called “Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom”.

The album was recorded at Minbal Studios in Chicago with producer Mark Yoshizumi on the same type of analog tape machine used at Muscle Shoals.

Special guests appear like synth-lord Bil Vermette, who’s been at it since the 70s (he recorded with the group VCSR, reissued by Permanent Records, and solo on the excellent private “Katha Visions” LP), heavy sax god Bruce Lamont (of Brain Tentacles, Indian, and many more avant-heavy groups as released on Relapse records), and Whitney “Matchess” Johnson on viola (who records for Trouble in Mind records and was in the psychsters Verma).

Influenced by the heavy/hairy freefest acid rock sounds like Edgar Broughton, Pink Fairies, Les Rallizes Denudes, High Rise, and Stooges , blended with some avant prog/krautrock (think Van Der Graaf Generator/Sand/Faust) whose influence seep through the lengthy pained epic “No Place,” and the serious Guru Guru/  Can worship on the spacey groove attack of “Future to the Ancients.” Even some post-punky moves penetrate the LP, where Swell Maps, Bauhaus, and Second Layer meet the communal Swedish psych of Harvester/Trad Gras on the ode to youthful drug experimenting, “Wasted All The Time.” Bassist Cosmic Jru admits a serious love of “free jazz” e.g. Alice Coltrane, Alan Silva and Albert Ayler, and his band mates are on board for that spiritual experimentation too. Drummer Jose “The Beast” Bernal loves a good hard boogie, like “the Vast Beyond”, Stonewall, Quo, UFO and Hawkwind are all there in the back ground.

You’ll be able to hear the album on Sonic Attack 238

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