Matt Dyson introduces the exciting local bands gigging around Reading to help you explore more of our homegrown live music scene. This month it’s pysch rock three-piece Doops.
Who?: Andrew Bingham (Guitar, Vocals), Chris Crouch (Drums), Luke Connor (Bass).
Why explore?: Whenever anyone mentions a new psych rock band these days a big reverberating alarm bell goes off. Don’t get me wrong, I love psych rock as much as the next man in a damp anorak, but I just cant take the disappointment of expecting mind-altering brilliance and being faced with another young Jacob Reese Mogg with a muff pedal. Yet while a bland glut of over-privileged space cadets have been living on trust funds in London warehouses, awkwardly muttering about DMT and The 13th Floor Elevators, Doops have effortlessly glided a million miles above the lot of them.
Sounding somewhere between the filtered hooks of thirty hours of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard riffs and a heavily xanax-ed Sonic Youth soundtracking a Werner Herzog film, they have steadily being building an army of fans at their live shows.
It’s no surprise – they’ve just got a brilliant knack of writing songs that instantly wrap you up in wide-eyed fuzzy melody and zip you through the languid dark existential angst you’d expect from any lost soul shy of thirty. In a good way, obviously.
Most likely to: effortlessly write something that would make a jazz session musician weep, while being as punk as f*ck.
Least likely to: play Radio 1’s Big Weekend and duet with Miley Cyrus.
What to listen to: Gushroom.
Where to see: Doops play at After Dark, Saturday 16 March with Here Are The Young Men & Uncle Peanut, ILL and Long Day Late Night.
File next to: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sonic Youth, Night Beats, Mogwai.
Find more: http://www.musicalbearrecords.co.uk/doops
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Matt Dyson is freelance writer. He previously wrote for a number of national music magazines that were quite important in the age of paper, including NME, Artrocker and Dazed & Confused. He currently lives in Caversham and is a member of the band Kill Committee.