Saturday, 11 October 2014


While Listening to Saturday Night by Travis Barker featuring Transplants and Slash

Hy there. So, there are a lot of music genres. Psychedelic rock is one of them and categorized as rock. I'm not very familiar with this genre, but i'm so excited about it and i want to talk about it in my blog. Mainly, Rock genre divided into these :
Adult Alternative
American Trad Rock
Arena Rock
Blues Rock
British Invasion
Death Metal/Black Metal
Glam Rock
Hair Metal
Hard Rock
Jam Bands
Prog-Rock/Art Rock
Rock & Roll
Roots Rock
Southern Rock

Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that is inspired or influenced by psychedelic culture and attempts to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drug such as marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide; ‘acid’) and that reflected drug-induced states through the use of feedback, electronics and intense volume. It reached a peak in between 1967 and 1969 with the Summer of Love and Woodstock Rock Festival (I can tell more about Woodstock later). And because it emerged in 1966, psychedelic rock became the soundtrack of the wider cultural exploration of the hippie movement, initially centred on the West Coast of the United States. In other article psychedelic rock is also mentioned as space rock.

These are the example of psychedelic songs : (i only familiar with some of these)
  1. Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
  2. The American Metaphysical Circus - The United States of America
3. Grace - Country Joe & The Fish
4. Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd
5. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix Experience
6. At The Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
7. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
8. Dark Star - Grateful Dead
9. Bass Strings - Country Joe & The Fish
10. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles
11. Spare Chaynge - Jefferson Airplane
12. Strange Days - The Doors
13. Other Side of The Sky - Gong
14. My White Bicycle - Tomorrow
15. Translucent Carriages - Pearls Before Swine
16. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
17. Beacon From Mars - Kaleidoscope
18. Season of The Witch - Donovan
19. Venus In Furs - The Velvet Underground
20. Magoo - Country Joe & The Fish

In addition, psychedelic element can be found in many other genres of progressive rock.
Psychedelic Rock generally blue based, like most rock, but often the most psychedelic aspects of this kind of music come from the juxtaposition of traditional rock sounds with outlandish ones (ie: When the Beatles used a sitar rather than a guitar). The psychedelic aspect can also come in the lyrics, though it is rare to see psychedelic lyrics without music that fits the part. Popular techniques in this genre are to use exotic musical styles and warbly effects in order to sink you in the trippy mood (or perhaps even STIMULATE) the effects of psychedelic drugs.

How did i even get sort of familiar with this genre? Maybe it was started when i heard The Flaming Lips quite a long time ago, but the band that very very triggered me to just kinda explore more about this genre was MGMT. and it was in 2009-ish. Make sure you check their songs such as Time to Pretend, Kids, Electric Feel, Pieces of What (OMG i love this song so much) or Flash Delirium.

MGMT (from left to right - Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden)
They are dreamy aren't they? especially Andrew, but i loved them since before i saw that dreamy faces. So i wasn't biased and they're purely talented. just saying :)