7″ of Love, ep. 6 – The Sweaters and Pearls Records Spotlight: #1

Artist: The Super Vacations / The Ceiling Stares

Title: (Split)

Released: 2011

Label: Sweaters and Pearls Records / Velocity of Sound

Format: purple 7”

Genre: Psyche rock

The dreaded winter storm passed through last night, knocking out power for a lot of folks in my area but amazingly, only dropping the smallest trace of snow.  We awoke to a perfect sunny day.  The only thing that made this day better was scoping out this split 7 inch.

The Super Vacations hail from Virginia and have enjoyed a few releases to date.  Two LPs are available from SHDWPLY Records (s/t, and “Thicker Milk”) as well as a cassette album on Scotch Tapes.  There’s also a pile of singles and EPs available from a variety of labels and through self-release.  For a complete list, check out The Super Vacations Facebook.  The Ceiling Stares are a psyche band from PA.  This is their first release on vinyl thus far, and their first release via Sweaters and Pearls.  A cassette EP is up for purchase on the band’s blog.

Side A: The Super Vacations definitely have a knack for the punk/psyche blend.  Harmonious vocals and rapid guitar lace this opening track with flawless perfection.  This is more obvious on the second track, “Controller.”  Here, the edgy guitar balances amazingly with the elements of psyche.  The two tracks clock in at about two minutes each, giving it the typical length of punk, but still leaving the blissful buzz in your ears at its completion.

Side B:  This is my first taste of the Ceiling Stares, and after spinning this track, I want more.  This five minute track effortlessly brings out the best neo psyche rock has to offer.  The guitar chords and its progression are insanely catchy and just leave me in a really good vibe.  The vocals are sweet and well balanced betwixt the instrumentation.  Honestly, this was a song I really didn’t want to see end, it was that good.  After hearing this, I couldn’t resist subscribing to their blog and FB pages, thirsty for another glass of précised psyche.

Should you buy this?  Yes, a resounding yes!  It’s not often a record comes along and makes me this happy.  It’s also not often a record reminds of the psyche music I loved to hear growing up but still offers plenty of unique qualities all of its own.  Above all, this is my first real introduction to both of these bands and I am really enjoying what I have heard.  I would say this is a good starting point for folks curious about them.

5 out of 5.

An ultra-big thanks to Jason of Sweaters and Pearls Records for submitting this EP.  Next up in this spotlight is the “A Gorilla EP” by Fat History Month.  Be sure to check out Jason’s blog of total awesomeness, 7 Inches.   New reviews are posted daily, and I highly suggest you visit often if you’re into 7” records of any genre.  Go there, now!


About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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