Tame Impala aren’t the only Australian band exploring hearts and minds on a psychedelic magic carpet ride, you know. Actually, there’s loads of them. And they’ve all come together like a massive, weird family to tribute the seminal Nuggets garage/psych comps that never quite go away, made by Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye back in 1972.

Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations Of The First Psychedelic Era by warnersyncs

 
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era: 1965-1968 covered that period when the Merry Pranksters went public, The Beatles got into acid and the Summer of Love blew up. American bands answered the British Invasion and sounded a lot like The Beatles and The Stones, before changing it again. With amazing, colourful, weird results. The Castaway’s ‘Liar, Liar’ (on Lock Stock if you remember…), go-to soundtrackists The Sonics, Count Five’s ‘Psychotic Reaction’ (one of the great tunes of the mid-Sixties); and acid-tipped bands like The Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Chocolate Watchband, Zakary Thaks…the underground heroes of the Sixties scene.
 
 
Tame Impala brethren, Pond, probably go for the most honest re-telling of a Nuggets track, reverbing and fuzzing their way through Leaves’ ‘Hey Joe’ – the fast, barmy sidenote to the classic Hendrix version played by ever Sixties garage band worth anything. But everything is good so don’t worry. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard go in for some synth production that’d make Todd Rundgren chuffed and there’s a solid punk contingent here too: The Straight Arrows and The Gooch Palms channelling Sunset Strip garage mosh by way of Oz punks, The Saints. Basically, listen to this.
 
This might be a covers album, but it’s a pretty nifty way to dig some new garage-influenced bands while listening to great tunes you might not have heard before. Double win.
 

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