Tonight: Galactic, yes … but also Outer Minds

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012, 10:23 am by Ben Salmon

The Galactic / Orgone show at the Domino Room should be the biggest thing happening in Bend tonight, but I also want to call your attention to a band called Outer Minds (Facebook / Tumblr / Bandcamp) that’s playing at The Horned Hand.

We didn’t have a word about this show in last week’s GO! Magazine because I didn’t know about it in time. I hate it when that happens, especially when it involves a band as good as this four-piece from Chicago, which runs with the current crop of fuzzy garage-rock bands in the HoZac / Goner / Trouble in Mind universe.

Thing is, Outer Minds is better than most of those bands. You see, this is psychedelic garage-pop done the right way, with guitars that jangle perfectly, the warm and steady hum of an organ, oohs and aahs as far as the eye can see and melodies that will leap from their spinning, vinyl grooves and follow you to our grave. Best of all, Outer Minds doesn’t write great songs and then douse them with lo-fi scuzz, burying the melodies beneath a blanket of manufactured cool. No, the production here is perfect: convincingly vintage and slightly wobbly, but clean enough to sparkle.

After a series of 7″ singles on white-hot labels, the band released its debut, self-titled full-length earlier this year on Southpaw Records. A couple of its cuts are streamable below, and there’s lots more at the Bandcamp. Click play and fall in love. (And if for some reason the players aren’t showing up for you below, click the links and go listen. This is important!)

But first: Outer Minds. Tonight. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand at 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., in Bend. Cover is $5, I believe. (Take $5 and then see what they say. If it’s less then you have more money for beer or Codfather grub.) Plus a limited release of Elysian Brewing‘s Fallout Green Cardamom Pale Ale, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Outer Minds – Gimmie A Reason by southpawrecs

Outer Minds – Conversation by southpawrecs

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