Strange Collective, Liverpool’s careering freight train of San Fran style garage jams, hit London for the first time this week at Birthdays in support of Al Lover.
Sounding something like how we imagine Hawkwind would do covering Thee Oh Sees, the four-piece are as yet unrecorded. This hasn’t stopped their live shows gaining a reputation of untamed thunder, energy and that gold lame jacket “we just don’t take ourselves too seriously, and that is a fantastic jacket, moustache combination”.
We caught up with Andrew Parry from the band following their show at Liverpool’s International Festival of Psychedelia about the bands rapid rise to success – having already played support for the likes of Sean Lennon’s The Ghostt, King Khan & The BBQ Show, The Warlocks and Natural Child – and what the future holds for the band.
“We have all been playing around the city for a few years in various bands so managed to get some nice supports for our first few shows. It’s a really nice feeling, this year we have managed to play with some of our favourite bands and it’s been a real honour to do so in such a sort space of time. I don’t think we expected to get such a good amount, but we’re enjoying everything that’s being thrown our way. In the mean time we have just been working towards a first release, which we intend to record soon. Playing live was always our aim for this year.
“A lot more bands are making the effort to play shows in Liverpool. There are a lot of great bands playing this sort of stuff across the pond and I guess they have influenced a lot of artists (in Liverpool) all at the same time, I kinda feel for us this type of music is what feels most natural for us to play.
“I guess we feel we have found our feet pretty quickly. The fact we’re able to get shows out the city without even recording is quite a nice surprise. Birthdays is a great venue, we can’t wait to play it and are really chuffed Al Lover asked us to come down to play with him”.
“We are just going to have to make sure we work hard in the studio. We are getting on that when we get back from London, October and November are all about recording for us for us, at the moment it’s all about the future”.
Ominous words of future domination ring in our ears after speaking with Andrew. There is a knowing assurance of their own potential which will, i’m sure, bring success and a whole lot more Psyche to this fair isle. Sit back and enjoy the ride.