Wednesday, April 28, 2010

13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere (1967)

It's been said that the 13th Floor Elevators invented psychedelic rock; I don't know if that's an accurate statement, but one thing I can tell you- they definitely introduced schizophrenia to the masses. This is their second album, Easter Everywhere. While not as popular or groundbreaking as the first, in my opinion it's just as trippy, dark and weird as its predecessor.

Started by University of Texas student (and jug player) Tommy Hall and guitarist Stacy Sutherland, the Elevators' most recognizable figure would be singer/guitarist Roky Erickson; his well-documented struggles with severe mental illness
over the years add to the band's mystique but eventually caused its downfall (Erickson spent 3 years in an institution and was never the same man after).

So sit back and enjoy a psych rock classic that's equal parts period piece and a study in unraveling madness...

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