It’s been a while since we’ve fallen in love with a psychedelic band, but Statue Thieves have put some magic back into the stock-in-trade formula.
Psychedelia looms large, with every scuzz-drenched chord rippling through the kind of bluesy hazes that are synonymous with Pink Floyd’s early material. However, it’s the album’s concept that proves to be the band’s elixir. ‘Laniakea’ is essentially a 40-minute excursion into the depths of the human experience. It’s this marriage of psychedelia and existentialism that makes the record such an immersive journey.
‘Laniakea’ is only made more visceral by the fact that it was recorded to tape, within a two-day time frame. The band, comprising Craig Ingham, Ivan Muela, Gennaro Oliviero and Michal Domin, aimed to embrace the beauty of imperfections and capture the energy of the moment, mirroring their acclaimed live performances. This is a sentiment echoed in the record’s lyrical content, which guides the listener through hallucinatory tributaries about our experience on Earth. ‘Laniakea’ is an utterly beguiling experience to be savoured through headphones in a patchouli haze. It is the borderless scope and vision that The Statue Thieves bring to the music of fifties and sixties which they love which brings all these elements together under an umbrella that moves seamlessly from the ethereal to harsh reality.
‘Laniakea’ is due out June 18.
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See The Statue Thieves Live:
19th June – The Victoria, London (album launch show)
21st June – The Railway Hotel, Southend
23rd June – Bar Loco, Newcastle
24th June – The Cannon, Milton Keynes