Comedian Stewart Lee writes the new bio for the part-jazz, part-prog, part-psych, part-tech-metal sounds of the Brighton trio as they announce their new record;
“I’m nearly 50. I don’t know what’s going on anymore, I’ll admit. The internet’s availability of all sources ever simultaneously has destroyed my understanding of cultural development as a logical progression. All music is time travel, forward and backward both at once, now.
But three years go my friend Simon Oakes, of prog-psych conceptualists Suns Of The Tundra, directed me to a YouTube clip of The Physics House Band. Impossibly youthful looking, and sounding like vintage seventies stadium-prog behemoth, but stripped of any errors of taste and judgment, fed amphetamines, made ashamed of their record collections, slapped in front of the whole school, immersed instead in post-rock procedure and practice, and made to apply their obvious talent and ability to a more worthwhile end than their forebears.
Three years on here’s their second record, a super-dense sci-fi mindfuck of a thing, music scholarship charity case keyboards in combat with squally spacerock guitars, dub boom bass and multi-time-sig clatter; a territory staked out over mushrooms at break-time, on the top floor of the multi-story car park, overlooking the ‘70s Bauhaus shopping centre concrete functional fountain square, but now gone all Escher in the aftermath, like a black and white architectural schematic drawing dipped in tie-dye.
Mercury Fountain doesn’t stop, a twenty nine minute surge of tracks that it would be a crime to split apart, the kind of part work The Physics House Band’s progenitors aimed at but never quite produce. It loads you into a water canon and shoots you out through its intermingled opening tracks, the group finally allowing you a pause for breath at the half way point, during 'A Thousand Small Spaces'; and then you’re kicked out of the airlock back into the Negative Zone again in 'Obidant', the laws of physics in reverse, Newton’s apples flying upwards past your grasping fists, your hair on end, arching to follow them, until you’re finally abandoned into the techtonic drift of 'Mobius Strip II'.
It’s a two black Americano experience that makes me wish I still had pin-sharp hearing to lose.”
- Stewart Lee.
Brighton-based trio The Physics House Band are back with their boundary-breaking take on jazz-influenced psych-rock as they announce their first record in four years with new mini-album Mercury Fountain, due April 21st via Small Pond Records. It follows 2013’s EP Horizons/ Rapture, which sold out twice over on CD & vinyl.
The Physics House Band are Sam Organ (guitar/keys), Adam Hutchison (bass/keys) and Dave Morgan (drums). The three met at university in Brighton, almost by accident, after the breakup of their previous bands, but the result couldn’t sound further from an accident. The Physics House Band posses a musical prowess way beyond their years, creating avant-garde compositions that capture everything from jazz to prog to psych to tech-metal to tech-rock. After playing shows with the likes of Alt-J, Jaga Jazzist, Django Django, 65daysofstatic, Three Trapped Tigers, and Mono , The Physics House Band are set to tour the UK this May, with more dates to be announced soon.
Listen to ‘Calypso’ here
See The Physics House Band live:
7th - Manchester, TBA
8th - Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
9th - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
10th - Bristol, The Fleece
11th Brighton, The Haunt
12th London, Kamio