Sunday, 29 October 2017


Newly signed to the legendary Damaged Goods label, Medway mindbenders The Galileo 7 return with their fifth album of scorching 60s influenced high-energy, Psychedelic Garage Rock’n’Roll. Releasing top quality records of Psych/Pop nuggets since 2010, Tear Your Minds Wide Open! Is a welcome addition to their discography with 12 tracks of catchy, memorable tunes, seriously gnarly guitar, darkly humourous lyrics, four-part harmonies, searing swirled out Hammond organ, pin-point bass work and gloriously crash, bang, wallop drums, in a Keith Moon meets Thom Mooney (The Nazz) vein…………’s a glorious distillation of the period around the end of 1966 when the Mod bands started growing their hair, buying their threads from Granny Takes A Trip and swapping the thrill of speed for a more Psychedelic experience. It’s not quite full blown Psychedelia but has echoes of the period when bands like The Who, The Action, The Creation, The Small Faces, The Poets, The Pretty Things and The Attack had started dropping acid but their music still had a solid Rock ‘n’ Roll spine, way before they were getting it together in the country or working on concept albums.     

With a groovy CV that includes a whole host of great Kentish Garage/Psych/Mod bands such as The Prisoners, The James Taylor Quartet, The Prime Movers, The Solarflares, Groovy Uncle,The Embrooks and The Higher State, The Galileo 7 may have been round the block a couple of times but with a bunch of killer tunes, impeccable Psych Pop smarts and the chops to carry it all off, they can certainly give any of the young ‘uns a run for their money when it comes to blistering Garage/Psych. Full on from the second the needle drops, Tear Your Minds Wide Open! is a total blast and essential listening for any fan of 1960s Psych, Beat and Garage Rock……………….the pick from a dozen seriously top tunes have to be the head rush of ‘Mystery Train’, the very trippy ‘The Mask’ and ‘Your Face Tomorrow’, the gorgeous Psych Pop swirl of ‘You Tear My Mind Wide Open’ and the closing track ‘Nobody Knows Anything’. With a mix of great taste and cool influences from some fantastic bands, The Galileo 7 have taken the best of mid 60s British Psych Pop and put their own stamp on it, it’s a cracking little record.

Due for release 10/11/2017 as a vinyl plus CD and download all in one package ( the CD feature a 10 minute bonus track that there was no room for on the vinyl)……….Available from all the best record shops or direct from the Damaged Goods online shop where pre-orders are being taken now. Dig it People.

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