BATH PARTY - Self Titled LP
Portland's Bath Party are not a surf rock band. I know your friend Stardust described them as such after seeing them last week but let's not even ironically pretend to pay credence to the opinion of someone with such a ludicrous name. Bath Party is, however, an exuberantly reverberated tank of psychedelic blues rock that is willing to let you call it whatever you want as long as you dance. After a trio of EP's, the band is proud to finally release it's acid-friendly, self-titled debut. Employing a familiar kaleidoscope of swirling guitars, enchanting rhythms, and pop-conscious structures, the album provides an atmospheric environment appropriate for a plethora of spiritual and recreational activities. A fittingly idle listener can expect a sonic journey replete with raga-level space vibrations and explosively fuzzy freak-outs alike. Gentle blues drones swell to crashing highs of Seeds-esque energy and back down again, ad infinitum. It's rock... but more space-y... You could call it space rock but band Hawkwind already stole the name and Bath Party sounds nothing like Hawkwind. Bath Party sounds like Bath Party. As stated before, you can call Bath Party whatever you want, really. Just don't make the mistake of not buying this record as that would be both abusive to your third eye and the stupidest thing you've done since befriending someone named Stardust. 500 Pressed on Black, Green, & Blue Colored Vinyl. + Digital Download.