The Marshmallow Overcoat (more recently known as The Overcoat) is a quartet formed at the height of the boom in the "paisley underground." Based in Tucscon, Arizona, the group made a convincing enough case for itself, with its Kinks and Yardbirds-influenced originals and covers, that it made it as far as stages across the United States, Canada, and western Europe, charting high on some college radio listings in the process. They recorded a series singles, EPs, and LPs for Dionysus Records in Los Angeles. (almusic.com)
Fronted by the charismatic energy of Timothy Gassen, Marshmallow Overcoat has been keeping the spirit of psychedelic garage rock alive and kicking since 1986. A brace of critically praised albums, scads of smashing singles, numerous compilation contributions, DVDs, and worldwide tours have allowed these paisley-hearted crusaders consistent visibility.
The latest gift from the hard-working Tucson, Arizona band is The Very Best Of (Garage Nation Records), which is available as either a digital download or a double gatefold vinyl album. As always, it’s the music that commands attention, but the package provides even more ground for the pound, with its inclusion of rare photographs and extensive liner notes, while the cyberspace edition adds a trio of videos to the party.
Play The Very Best Of to a someone not aware of Marshmallow Overcoat, and there is no doubt they would think they were hearing a long lost act from the 60s. From the scraggly fuzz guitars to the bell-toned riffs to the rumbling keyboards to the thrashing tub-thumping to the snagging hooks, the band revises all the applications of the genre they mine with remarkable perfection. Timothy’s growling snarl teases, taunts, and thrills the listener in the same manner howlers and hipsters such as Gerry Roslie of the Sonics, Sky Saxon from the Seeds, and the Music Machine’s Sean Bonniwell were known for doing. Churning out songs with animated determination, Marshmallow Overcoat has their fingers, toes, and ears on the pulse each beat of the way.
Other tracks I dare not omit are “13 Ghosts,” “The Light Show,” “Spell I’m Under,” “Thee Hands Of Tyme,” “Psilocybin Explosion,” “The Beyond,” and a piping hot rendition of Tommy Jett’s “Groovy Little Trip,” that screams and stomps with insanity.
Those with a taste for the raw and rousing, but hopelessly catchy missives of groups like the Wailers, the Shadows Of Knight, the Haunted, the Unrelated Segments, Zakary Thaks, and Blues Magoos, as well as the shimmery folk rock of the Byrds and the surrealistic aroma of the Doors and Love, are for certain to adore the prizes contained within The Very Best Of and will applaud Marshmallow Overcoat for carrying the torch.
Dear friends, i post this only for limited two days. It will be gone Tuesday evening at Berlin/Germany time 23:00. If you like it please buy the vinyl record here or as digital download you can buy it here
Grab it and try it!
Frank (link expired)