The Black Hollies – Casting Shadows

March 15, 2008

blackholliesNew Jersey band the Black Hollies, directly inspired by 60’s bands like the Yardbirds and Blue Cheer, have followed up their debut with an album of full on psychedelic rock, complete with groovy, mind expanding lyrics, copious sitars, occasional Farfisa organs and quavering vocals and guitars. I don’t think the music on Casting Shadows will strike most listeners as being like 60’s psychedelic rock, but rather that is psychedelic rock from the 60’s. It’s conceived, played and even produced like an album from that period, though all the tracks are original Black Hollies compositions. Once you let yourself get into the spirit of things, the songs themselves are pretty irresistible, skilfully played, unpretentious, highly danceable and just great fun to listen to, all in all. The first single, “Paisley Pattern Ground,” is a definite must hear. Other standout cuts: “The Autumn Chateau,” “Hamilton Park Ballerina” and “Running Through My Mind.”


One Response to “The Black Hollies – Casting Shadows”

  1. kruxradio Says:

    Perfect explanation. If this were the 60’s, these guys would be all over the place. Today, we’ll have to settle for knowing about a great band a lot of people don’t know.

    They were amazing at SXSW too. I saw them twice.

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