Once a year the Effenaar in Eindhoven is invaded by purveyors of all things weird, eclectic and psych. Eindhoven Psych Lab is a fantastic gathering of great bands, amazing collabs and great visual arts complementing the music. The lovely people working at the fest asked us to write something on the festival and we were more than extra happy with fries on the side to do so!
Arthur Janssen - assistant programmer and professional moustache cultivator
Emile Sornin is an absolute genius. He's the French king of baroque pop (although I hate that term) and just about everything he does is fucking great. I loved his first album (Rhapsode) but what really got me hooked is his Le Bon Coin Forever EP. Sornin traveled throughout the Poitou-Charente region in France to meet the owners of the strangest sounding and most silly looking instruments he could find and recorded these instruments at their homes. Check this short documentary below to hear the result and see why should get into this. Get into it. I mean it.
This band was founded in Bahrein and is currently based in both London and Dubai - apparently their Hyperborea album was created by sharing audio files online. Seems like a hell of job to keep this band going but somehow these guys manage just fine. The first Flamingods song I ever heard was Rhama and that song got me hooked immediately. It has these very groovy, deep basslines that I really love.
Niek Nellen - weak constitution and creepy Joanna Newsom fanboy
Not a very unknow band to highlight, I could not keep myself from picking these guys as an amazing booking. I kinda lost touch with Parquet Courts around their last three albums (love Light Up Gold though) and name change (must admit I did not follow all the hullabaloo around that stuff) but the last album 'Human Performance' is absolutely fantastic. It's got this perfect Velvet Undergound blasé-ness about it and it has an almost irressistible groove. The guitar sound on track 'Outside' is perfectly out of tune -it's hard to achieve that perfect level of fucked-up-ness in sound- and the 'Berlin Got Blurry' intro is so cheesy country that the bassline that follows it is almost forgiven.
It seems like ages ago that the first garage-revival bands started popping up and we have had a number of so-so additions to the scene (looking at you FIDLAR) but Audacity never seem to lose that touch to make a good 'garage" song (with the emphasize on song). Audacity were one of the first Burger bands and their song Punk Confusion was, and still is, one of my favorite guitar songs. Never got a chance to see them live and will remedy that terrible life decision at Psych Lab. New album is great too.
And now for a very special tip by both Arthur and Niek
GO AND SEE GOAT. YES, WE KNOW THEY'RE THE HEADLINER AND THAT WE DON'T REALLY NEED TO HIGHLIGHT THEM. SO WHAT. THEY FUCKING RULE.
Here are some gifs that illustrate the feeling of a Goat show:
Eindhoven Psych Lab will take place 10 + 11 June in Effenaar, Eindhoven.
Visit their website for the full line-up which also includes Temples, White Hills, Rats on Rafts, Hills and so much more.
Seee you in the head-nod-pit and groovy dancing circles you guys!