Crawling from the aural and psychic wreckage of Brian Jonestown Massacre a couple of years ago, guitarist Bobby Hecksher (who's also worked with Beck) blinked his eyes a few times, massaged his bruised limbs, and promptly got back on the horse.
This time, though, one of his
own device, christened the Warlocks and aiming to indulge and inflict a singular brand of aural-psychic wreckage via a white-light /white-heat brand of tribal psychedelia every bit as punishing as that purveyed by Hecksher's old employer.
To that end, a press release dated October 20, 2000, circulated bearing the following info: "Greg Shaw [founder/owner of Bomp] and Bobby Hecksher
inked a two-CD recording contract today.Well, Shaw's signature was in ink, but for Bobby
, the impulse to sign in blood was too strong to resist.
Warlocks frontman Bobby Hecksher
has been floating around the Left Coast scene for some time, working with both the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Beck
The Warlocks also have no fewer than four guitarists, the better to hammer home frontman Bobby Hecksher's
"Sister Ray" rewrites.
You'd expect a band called the Warlocks to have a darker side than most bands, and here's proof that they do: just before Halloween, Bobby Hecksher
-- leader of the band -- actually scrawled his
name on a two-album recording deal in his
own blood.For the Warlocks, signing to one of America's oldest indie labels would make the perfect home for a band who sound like they're channeling inspiration out of Bomp's back catalog from the Sixties.For singer-songwriter Hecksher, this contract is just the most recent stopover on what has definitely been a long and very strange trip.
Ten years ago Hecksher moved to California from Florida where he
first group Charles Brown Superstar.The band issued two singles and two full-length albums before calling it a day.Hecksher
was later invited to play on Beck
's Stereopathetic Soul Manure (Flipside), along with James Ambrose of the band Smallstone.
...With experience under his thumbs, Hecksher formed Magic Pacer who waxed two albums for Win Records.
Not much later, the stubborn Floridian left that group to do his
own writing.It was then that Hecksher
formed the 8-piece Warlocks--a cacophonous, but never convoluted garage/psych band.Hecksher
isn't swayed by naysayers who continually remind him that the Velvet Underground and the Grateful Dead had used the same moniker he's
picked before calling themselves something else."Hopefully the cards are right for us," Hecksher
maintains, "and we'll be the band everyone remembers as the Warlocks."
After years of building a very impressive musical resume, most notably with Beck
and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Bobby Hecksher
own idea and it's called The Warlocks.
...Bobby Hecksher worked with Beck early on and from there went onto the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
combines the neo-psychedelic swirl with alt-pop in The Warlocks.Hecksher
has an admitted liking for Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3.
I'll give credit to Bobby Hecksher
, their head honchohe kew trying to recreate the plastic cocaine inevitable of a Warlocks
show in the studio, sans smoke machine and chanteuse beauty, would be pathetic.So he
instead opted to go relatively hi-fi (even on the live songs), recording songs so skeletonized it's easy to stop comparing them to their original live incarnations and celebrate them on their own spindly merits.