CRYSTAL SYPHON - Family Evil
Thanks to m@tt over on ILM for the heads up on this one — a lost west coast 60s psych classic!
The official word: “Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, it’s imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week. The band entertained offers from various labels during their existence, but as they insisted on complete artistic control and ownership of their music, no deals were struck.”
Now, 44 years later Roaratorio Records has issued it on vinyl in a limited edition of 500 (also available for download on iTunes). You can stream a bunch of the tracks on Soundcloud, too. I dig — great lead guitar, strong songwriting and those far-out NoCal harmonies. For a taster, try the trippy “Fuzzy and Jose.”