European label Fuzz Club Records and the American Reverberation Appreciation Society (founders of Austin Psych Fest) are set to co-release The Reverb Conspiracy Volume III on the 25th January 2015. As usual, the compilation is entirely curated by the Fuzz Club and features some of the best acts of the contemporary Psych scene in Europe, including a collaboration of Goat and Anton Newcombe.
From its beginning in 2012, The Reverb Conspiracy was a catalyst moment for the European Psych Nouveau movement. It brought together young bands from all over Europe, sparking a creative and professional synergy among many artists. A turning point was probably the first Reverb Conspiracy Tour, which most of the bands from the compilation joined to perform a successful showcase a-la Stax Records in the 60s, in many European capitals, including an epic two day sold out festival at the Shacklewell Arms in London. That was also the year of first Liverpool Psych Fest. Since then, Psych festivals and new bands have been sprouting up all over the continent.
The fifteen outfits taking part in the third volume – including Goat (mixed by Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Lola Colt (produced by Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) – are representative of the impressive diversity and quality of a scene that is much broader than its definition. While all of them are certainly inspired by Psychedelia, each one of them incorporates different elements of Blues, Folk, Rock & Roll, Stoner, Kraut Rock, Electronica, Noise, Ambient and more. All is impeccably delivered in a pure and honest DIY approach that is reminiscent of the early days of the Punk era.
A double album, the Reverb Conspiracy Volume III will be limited to 1200 numbered copies, white vinyl with gate-fold cover. On top of that, there will also be 1000 CDs available. For the third time, the cover was created by iconic Icelandic artist and band member of Dead Skeletons, Jon Saemundur, aka Nonni Dead.
Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) said: “As an outsider and a fan of do-it-yourself media my whole life, I was immediately impressed by both the Fuzz Club aesthetic and taste in music and that holds true with the Reverb Appreciation Society and all the things they are involved with. I know that this “movement” is an eco system”. (Noisey, VICE, 2014)
Casper Dee (Fuzz Club’s founder and curator) said: “I like to look at (The Reverb Conspiracy) as a modern Nuggets series… a way of capturing the essence of the underground scene as it is today and documenting it for the history books. This is an era of Rock & Roll that we’ll all look back on as the start of something big”.
(Magnet Magazine, 2014)