Right Hear, Right Now

Right Hear, Right Now: 5 Rad New Songs By Phoenix Artists

Mitchell Hillman listens to more local music than just about anyone in the Valley. He presents his picks for best new music in his column, Right Hear, Right Now.

Strange Lot - "Into The Night"

Strange Lot have just released the first single from their forthcoming full length album Another Mind, and it's a fantastic psychedelic dance number that harkens back to mid '60s and the Swinging London era of music. I would not be surprised if this crew was well versed in the various Nuggets collections over the years. Part garage rock, part psychedelic romp, Strange Lot is easily one of my favorite emerging bands and I eagerly look forward to the full album. Strange Lot rose from the ashes of the equally impressive WEBS, but this reformulation is stepping it up a notch and doing it better. I love everything about this track, whether it is the amazing, raging, and swooning guitars or the fantastic rhythm groove going on between the drums and bass -- it's just stunning. The reverb-laden vocals are fantastic and the whole thing combines into a wondrous pastiche that is completely danceable. If I could design music perfectly made for my own personal tastes, this is pretty much what it would sound like. It doesn't just evoke the '60s, you can feel the shoegaze feedback wash of the '90s and the mod beat revival of the '70s/'80s. It is the quintessence of some of my favorite sounds across many decades slammed into four minutes. Another Mind will see release through their very own Strange Records on May 15.

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Mitchell Hillman