Stick around long enough and you can watch musical trends come and go…… Punk fades in the early 80s, goes underground and re-emerges with a (commercial) vengeance. Heavy Metal morphs through various re-incarnations, even Dance music evolves from Disco to House to Techno to whatever Step/Trap/Shake thing is happening.
And so it is with Psychedelic music, which began in Austin, TX in 1965 with Roky Erickson’s 13th Floor Elevators and almost simultaneously in London with the formation of Pink Floyd. The leading lights of today’s American Psych Rock scene are of course Austin’s own The Black Angels, whose new Blue Horizon album, Indigo Meadow, hits digital media sites and record shops on April 2. By now, many of you have heard their very of the moment new single “Don’t Play With Guns.” Perhaps the more cutting edge aficionados out there have even purchased the just released Austin Psych Fest 2012 DVD featuring the Angels and contemporaries like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, Dead Meadow and so many other bands bending minds live on stage. Like Austin’s famed SXSW and Austin City Limits Festivals, Austin Psych Fest has developed a momentum of its own, this year attracting artists from as far away as Brazil (the re-united Os Mutantes) and Mali (Tinariwen).
While the fest boasts an awesome lineup of talent too deep to detail here (check their website for details), it is the triumvirate topping the bill on Sunday April 28 that has tripendicularly-inclined fans salivating. Austin’s Psych godfather Roky Erickson? Check. Leaders of the new school The Black Angels? You betcha. But wait, who’s this? Houston’s legendary The Moving Sidewalks with all four original members, including some guitarist from ZZ Top named Billy Gibbons?
Seems like everything old is new again. The Psychedelic Blues Rock of The Moving Sidewalks imploded in the summer of 1969 after a few successful singles, one album – Flash – and tour dates opening for Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and the Jeff Beck Group w/Rod Stewart. Uncle Sam drafted original band members Tom Moore and Don Summers and the dream came crashing to an end. Their influence continued on and in late 2012, a Christmas present appeared in the form of a 2-CD reissue, The Complete Moving Sidewalks. Then came news of an exclusive NYC reunion show at BB King’s club in Manhattan on March 30. Still, the wild-eyed fans of the Texas Psych Rock scene were heartbroken until the announcement that yes indeed the original Moving Sidewalks would be appearing on the same day as their fellow Texans at Austin Psych Fest 2013!