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Ecstatic Vision

New Track: "Troublemaker" (Chrissy Zebby Tembo Cover) - Ecstatic Vision

While creativity and originality are often linked, music can also branch out from past roots. Once we dig into a band, tracing the elements that formed the foundation of its sound, it can give us clues into the musical mystery. Ecstatic Vision pay homage to their psych-rock forefathers with a collection of covers, titled Under The Influence, which is set for release on May 5 via Heavy Psych Sounds. The first sampling, a spin of “Troublemaker” by Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family, elevates the raw fury, so to speak, of the original, as the band provides its personal stamp.


Q.D. Tran's Favorite Philly Albums of 2017

We are here once again at The Deli Philly’s final post of the year. It’s been an honor getting a chance to share new music with all of you this past year (and nearly a decade), and I look forward to continuing to discover the best of Philly’s underground music community with you. And without any further ado, here is my “Best of” year-end list for my favorite Philly albums of 2017. I look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Much love – cheers!

Q.D. Tran


1. Raw Rock Fury (Relapse) – Ecstatic Vision

Ecstatic Vision weren’t joking when they decided to name their latest album, Raw Rock Fury. There are few, if not any Philly releases that can match the pure intensity and glorious shredding found on my favorite local release of 2017. And it also provides you a glimpse into the awesomeness of their live performances.

2. Rocket (Domino) – (Sandy) Alex G

With Rocket, Alex Giannascoli proves that all the adoration from the media for the young songwriter is certainly not unfounded. Using the guise of an Americana framework, he is able to craft wonderfully intimate campfire songs that make left turns at all the right places.


3. Veblen Death Mask (Kill Rock Stars) – Taiwan Housing Project

Veblen Death Mask is music without boundaries – so chaotically beautiful!

4. Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns RC) – Sheer Mag

All riffs and vocals – garage-punks Sheer Mag make their retro-fit sound oh so good. Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead.

5. Out in the Storm (Merge) – Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee’s earnest songwriting speaks right to the heart, and it’s hard to ignore.

6. My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power (Self-released) – Lushlife

7. Messy (Self-released) – Curtis Cooper

8. Play “The Songs You Like” (Salinas) – Radiator Hospital

9. Oh, My Heart (Lame-O) – Shannen Moser

10. Soft Sound From Another Planet (Dead Oceans) – Japanese Breakfast

11. Movie Was Bad (Self-released) – Sixteen Jackies

12. Spirits (Creep) – Julia Rainer

13. Slacker Paint (Self-released) – The Mary Veils

14. Everything Is Always in the Past (@Self-released) – Blood Sound

15. A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic) – The War on Drugs

16. We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags (Polyvinyl) – Quiet Slang

17. Tourist in This Town (Merge) – Allison Crutchfield

18. Why Love Now (Sub Pop) – Pissed Jeans

19. Shadow Expert (Carpark) – Palm

20. Let’s Be Nice – b-sides, covers & demos (Self-released) – Pill Friends

21. Birdie (Lame-O) – Slaughter Beach, Dog

22. Wilt (Self-released) – Line Leader

23. You’re So Smart (Self-released) – Joy Riding

24. Pleasure Suck (Tiny Engines) – The Spirit and The Beehive

25. Nothing Special (Honest Face) – Harmony Woods

26. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 (Self-released) – American Trappist

27. Grow (Self-released) – Them Jones

28. The Vernes (Self-released) – The Vernes

29. Cool and FunMadalean Gauze

30. White ReindeerLithuania

31. Tunnels (Self-released) – Vita and the Woolf

32. S/T (Self-released) – Teen Spaceship

33. Good Wind Pt. 1 (Human Kindness Overflowing) – Power Animal

34. Popular Manipulations (Fat Possum) – The Districts

35. Crime WavesMoor Mother x Mental Jewelry

36. Jumpship (Lame-O) – No Thank You

37. Palisades (Egghunt) – Eric Slick

38. Dark Web (Suicide Bong Tapes) – Dark Web

39. Sadness is a Gesture (Inherent Sounds) – Aphra

40. Motel City Honey (Self-released) – Levee Drivers

The Deli Philly's May Record of the Month: Raw Rock Fury - Ecstatic Vision

For their sophomore album, the quartet of Ecstatic Vision unleash Raw Rock Fury, available via Relapse. After a mood-establishing intro, the band quickly tears into the cosmos with the high-voltage, backend rhythmic stampede of “You Got It Or You Don’t,” which is elevated by the eccentric, powerful saxophone runs of Kevin Nickles and the primordial roaring command of Doug Sabolik.

Segmented in two, “The Electric Step” is first steeped in a hazy, haunting chant, reverberating in the distance, before the high-octane, steam engine hits the rails running. Mysterious keys loom, setting up the bluesy boogie of harmonica blows. Then, Sabolik issues an alluring order. “Let’s get away from the city and clear our heads”/“Take me away to the better days.” Stoking the white-hot, hard-rockin’, musical fire, the band continues to rev up in all-consuming, sweat-dripping trance, inducing fire-breathing, apocalyptic grooves.

However, Ecstatic Vision never burns themselves out; rather, “Keep It Loose” reaches back and reignites. Gathering pressure with the ticking percussion, the stargazing, guitar swirls tee up the fury of tenacious, unwavering vocals, blowing the top off the cooker with an all-out blitzkrieg. In its final act, the persistent, thumping bass and engulfing keys of “Twinkling Eye” cuts through the clouds in a gradual climb, setting the stage for a triumphant conclusion.

Raw Rock Fury pulls listeners into Ecstatic Vision’s vortex of psychedelia. It’s an album that victoriously captures the band’s live-performance energy and cohesive complexity, without masking their natural fervor. - Michael Colavita

New Ecstatic Vision Album Available for Streaming

Raw Rock Fury, the new album from psych-rockers Ecstatic Vision, will be released via Relapse Records on April 7; however, the wait is over because the album is currently streaming over at Noisey. The band unleashes their unrelenting charge of backend rhythm, sorcerer-style, guttural vocals, projected from the mountaintop or down in the dungeon with blistering blasts of saxophone and stealthy floating flutes. The concoction pulls listeners into an intoxicating brand of heavy, one which soars toward the cosmos, simultaneously exorcising demons. Ecstatic Vision is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 15 at the First Unitarian Church on a bill that also includes EyeHateGod, Rosetta, and Moros.

Weekend Warrior, March 10 - 12

As one descends into subterranean cement-lined confines of Underground Arts this evening, a cavalcade of the city’s heavy-psych noisemakers will meet you on the inside. Cultivating a cozy temperamental air gently permeating the auditory system with hazy melodies before escalating into the ethereal, Creepoid delivers the calm and then the searing storm.  Speaking of sear, Purling Hiss pummels and rips through a fog-filtered, psych lens, delivering raunchy riffs among unrestrained rhythms. Meanwhile, with their new album, Pleasure Suck, due out in two weeks via Tiny Engines, the disorienting but enchanting surge of The Spirit of the Beehive will be on display. Likewise, the “raw rock fury” of Ecstatic Vision, whose aptly titled forthcoming album of the same name, will be available next month via Relapse, torching a menacing mesmerizing hole in the mind in the process.
For those seeking other accommodations, the bombarding, brutal, soul-crushing stomp of Pissed Jeans will celebrate their new album, Why Love Now (Sub Pop), with a pair of sold-out release shows Friday and Saturday at Boot & Saddle and PhilaMOCA respectively.
Other places to fuckin’ rock this weekend…
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss, Spirit of the Beehive, SAT Scott Sorry, The T.C. Cole Riot
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Pissed Jeans (Record Release), M Ax Noi Mach, Body Spray, SAT Thrills, Sad Heaven
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) John Dominy, Sun Hat/The Snails/DJ Deejay/One Sixty, Malevil , SAT Sabbra Cadabra/Dominic, Norwegian Arms/Fame lust, SUN Argyle Rings, Timelapzzz, Elaine Rasnake/The Up! Up! Ups!, Line Leader, Cabbage, The Lot
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Evil Sword (Tape Release), Ursula, SAT Pissed Jeans (Record Release), Mannequin Pussy, Prowler
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Strand of Oaks
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Flightschool, SUN Questlove
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT LoveKilledKurt, LeCompt
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) John Byrne Band, No Irish Need Apply, SAT (Upstairs) The Quixote Project, Smoke & Bourbon, Pawnshop Roses
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Zario DeCola-Heller, Novyy Stil', SUN Popular Creeps, Deuteronomy
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SUN Andorra
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Shy Boyz
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs? & DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Case Bloom, Francisco Collazo
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Dean Sharon, Super Bonanza, Fitzwater, Railroad Fever, SAT Delmont (CD Release), The Good Mess, Hartline, Kevin McCove, SUN Trained Attack Dogs, Brown Sugar, Decontrol
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Posers
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dj Double Leo, Solar Circuit, Jam Traffic, SAT Red X, & Madame Jones
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Richie Navigator, Starter Jacket, Sunday Muse, SAT Blood Sound, The Silence Kit
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Cabin Dogs
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Hoser, SpaceWater, Mirrorsigns, Bungler, SUN Queen Jesus, Crooked Spine, Spot Collins

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