Uncle Acid - Mind Control
The genre of 'psych' is currently having its biggest resurgence since Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett realised he quite enjoyed riding a two-wheeler and wanted to write a song about it. From Tame Impala's blissed-out introversions to Toy's kraut-inflected drones to the Byrds-indebted, paisley vibes of Temples, if you don't sound like you've just dropped a tab of acid then 2013 doesn't care. All of these bands fall on the prettier side of the genre. Read a review that doesn't contain the word 'hazy' recently? Thought not. Cambridge's Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, however, eat hazy for breakfast. Though the quartet are only just starting to bubble up into wider consciousness, 'Mind Control' is actually the band's second record. Their first, 2011's 'Blood Lust', was a concept album based around a vintage Hammer Horror film. Original pressings of it fetch prices way into the £100s, while their recent shows at the Garage in London sold out with ease. This should give you an idea as to what we're dealing with here – a cult obscurity too good and too brilliantly evil to remain in the shadows.