When I’m yearning for something a little bit weird and really rather wonderful, I know I can turn to the crazed, gritty punk-fuelled power of the Strange Cages. No stranger to the LP Blog, this Brighton-based trio always put a little shiver and shake into my days whenever I blast out their crazy psychedelic sounds!
Influenced by the classic sounds of the grand old garage days of the 60’s, the Strange Cages are influenced by the post-punk sounds of 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges and Television to name a few and state that, “We love music that’s primal and menacing, anything twisted with a touch of evil. We are a garage/psych band with cruel intentions”.…hmm, sounds like my kind of bag!!
This summer the triptastic trio are to release a 6-track EP titled, The Cracks and will also be embarking on a UK tour at the end of this month (see dates below). Ahead of this, the band have also released a sinister new single titled, Leader of a Cult which is accompanied by a fantastic video directed and edited by Todd McConnochie; this has brought a devilish smile to my face. Kidnapped and at the mercy of some masked men, the unfortunate victim in this video is seen tied up and being hounded by a lizard in a Butthole Surfers T-shirt, a rabbit, a psyched-out cow and numerous other crazy disguised and dancing loons, whilst a cloaked priest overlooks this masked mayhem! Sounds like your cup of tea, or better still a typical Saturday night for you? This kaleidoscopic video may have a sinister edge, but is filled with a slinky slice of humour and I, for one, am enjoying this both the audio and visuals very much!
Their sound lurks in the shadows and dwells on the flip side of the sunshiny flower-power idealisms of the 60’s, this is angst-driven, rowdy, raw garage-punk…but they don’t call themselves the Strange Cages for nothing!
The band will also hit the road this May for a series of dates throughout the UK, see dates below:
12 May – SHEFFIELD – Picture House Social (w/ Vulgarians)
16 May – CARDIFF – Moon Club (w/ Vulgarians)
19 May – BRIGHTON – The Globe
20 May – MANCHESTER – The Peer Hat
22 May – BRISTOL – Crofters Rights (w/ Vulgarians)
23 May – LONDON – The Old Blue Last (w/ Vulgarians)
25 May – HULL – The New Adelphi
27 May – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City (w/ Vulgarians)
28 May – LEEDS – Eiger Studios