Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Record label: Ample Play
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Garage Rock Revival
The Sufis hail from Nashville, but they have no country in their sound at all. Instead, they sound like they've been lifted straight from Carnaby Street circa 1965, or like they were the house band on Shindig, or maybe recorded for Voxx in 1985. Basically, they are garage psych revivalists through and through, right down to the 12-string guitars, trippy backing vocals, and songs about weird characters, breakups with groovy chicks, and wallflowers.
Time was, you’d make a pilgrimage to Nashville if you wanted to tap into country music’s most prominent vein. These days, however, you’re as likely to be psych-pop grail-seekers boarding Tennessee-bound Greyhound buses, lured by the stirrings of an invitingly loose scene spearheaded by The Paperhead and The Sufis. The latter, more of an open-ended project than a locked-down band, are already onto their second album, Inventions, and seem to be quaffing deliriously from the wellspring of garage-baroque inspiration.
Anyone remember the jukebox; those glorious cabinets from the 50s and beyond filled with stacks of 45s containing the most popular songs from the latest bands and easily programmable by the patrons of the establishment? Jukeboxes were real beauties, largely credited as the catalysts to the concept of a personal playlist. The 45 rpm records they housed also paved way for the 12’ full length. It is somewhat ironic that the 45s inspired both the playlist and the full length LP, while personal music devices have stolen back the playlist with vigour and all but slayed the concept of full albums.