The twisted, drug-addled minds that brought you The Acid Tapes, Vol 1 are at it again with a second compilation of equally uncanny proportion.
To celebrate the release of their sophomore album The Acid Tapes, Vol 2, the New York-based dreamscape surf pop band High Waisted teamed up with Williamsburg Pizza and Ilegal Mezcal for a kick-ass retro-inspired party at Home Sweet Home, featuring all-girl garage rockers Baby Shakes, and Fascinator.
According to legend, Vol 1 was the result of a night spent tripping acid in an old haunted house in Nashville. Recorded by a single mic on an old reel-to-reel, the four-piece band let their imaginations and creative instincts run wild, producing a groovy tribute to 60s surf and garage rock.
The Acid Tapes, Vol 2 was created in the same vein, only substituting a dimly lit basement for the haunted house. And it’s clear from the start, as the album opens with the notorious 1987 public service announcement about the dangers of drug abuse, that the band is out to poke fun and break down conventional thought. “This is your brain on drugs,” the old school voiceover explains over the sound of an egg sizzling in a frying pan before the band tunnels into a roving fusion of time and space.
Jessica Louise Dye (vocals and guitar) and her three long-haired hunks (Jono on drums, Jeremy on bass, and Steven on guitar and vocals) weld together a chaotic assortment of sound and influence that range from Sugarhill Gang riffs to the hilarious “Monster Hash,” the band’s clever take on the Bobby Pickett novelty song. Amid the sonic spiral of Alice’s rabbit hole, Jessica Louise Dye’s voice stands out like a beacon, both soothing and striking.
This is a band best listened to high waisted indeed. Just let the music wash over you and spirit you into an alternate dimension where sound is tangible and as malleable as playdough.
Article: Heather McAdams
Photos: Manish Gosalia