“Creamy, dreamy, glass breaking-style storytelling” is how Bobby Hecksher describes the psychedelic-rock sound of The Warlocks’ tenth full-length studio album, The Chain, which is to be released April 3rd on Cleopatra Records.
“We’re telling a story this time,” Hecksher says about the album’s ripped-from-the-headlines concept, which he says had been percolating for a few years before it suddenly came to him with the delirious intensity of a fever-soaked dream, like that “out-of-body experience you get at a show when you’re drenched in sweat and suddenly feel so alive.”
That concept, Hecksher says, is based around “a Bonnie & Clyde-ish twenty-something couple who rob a bank but get caught and then are cast down the bottomless pit of our justice system. The main characters, Rocky and Diamond, come from different means and thus have very different outcomes. It’s a loose collection of ‘you got fucked and swept under the rug’-type feelings revealed amid happy songs about their relationship, provided as a kind of relief.”
The Chain was recorded by The Warlocks — Hecksher (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass), John Christian Rees (guitar, feedback), Earl V. Miller (guitar, drone machine), Christopher DiPino (bass), Cesar A. Reyes (keyboards), and Jason “Plucky” Anchondo (drums) – over the course of a few weeks and co-produced by Hecksher and Rob Campanella at Rob’s Figment Studios in Lake Hollywood, CA.
Today Glide is excited to premiere “I’m Not Good Enough,” the final song in the story that transpires over the course of the album. The slowly percolating psych rock tune warms up with hazy vocals before an onslaught of euphoric and blistering guitar shredding. Laying in an orchestral array of instruments and reverb-laced group harmonies through nostalgic lyrics that celebrate the unfettered joy that comes when we “party like we used to.”
Bobby Hecksher describes the inspiration behind the song:
“It’s about being a total fuck up and trying to pick up the pieces in one’s life. Like you don’t deserve to have such good friends and you’re sorry about all the mistakes you’ve made. I fucked my whole life up and all this ‘time’ went by. Let’s forget about the past and ‘party like we used to.’”
The Chain will be released April 3rd on Cleopatra Records. For more music and info visit thewarlocks.com.
Photo credit: David Deresinski
The brand new studio album from L.A.’s premiere psych band, The Warlocks!
This ambitious album tells a single story, of two star-crossed lovers who commit a bank heist together, over the course of 10 gorgeous, dense layered guitar tracks spiced with keyboards and reinforced with powerful bass and percussion grooves!
Will be available on both CD and limited edition colored vinyl in your choice of PURPLE or SILVER!
In June the band will launch a full-scale 3-4 week tour in the US hitting all the major markets and followed by European dates in the fall!
1. Dear Son
2. The Robbery
3. Mr. Boogeyman
4. Double Life
5. We Don’t Need Money
6. You Stooge You
7. Sucking Out Your Soul Like A Son Of A Bitch
8. Have Mercy On Me
9. Feel No Pain / You Hurt Me
10. I’m Not Good Enough / Party Like We Used To