Having emerged from the same Californian psychedelic scene as The Brian Jonestown Massacre 18 years ago, it’s been a rocky road for The Warlocks and their one constant member, Bobby Hecksher, with numerous line-up changes along the way. Frontman Hecksher grew up in the swamps of Tampa Bay, Florida where he was practically raised at a radio station owned by his Grandfather and where his mum also worked as a secretary. As a result Bobby was soon eating and breathing rock’n’roll on a daily basis.
Bobby recalls, “My granddad was an inspiration. He created the radio station out of thin air. And from it all these nuggets of rock’n’roll came toward me”. At sixteen his family left the swamps and moved to LA where Bobby soon found kindred spirits. He jammed with Beck, playing bass on ‘Stereopathetic Soul Manure’; he hung out in the in the decadent atmosphere of the Mad Hatter club and moonlighted in the Brian Jonestown Massacre whilst also attending parties with legendary acid guru Timothy Leary, a potent cultural and creative mix that led to the formation of The Warlocks.
Songs from the Pale Eclipse (2016), the band’s seventh collection to date, Hecksher and co have taken an entirely different route to their previous releases. Instead of embarking on the arduous process of writing new material, they’ve gone back through vaults of demos recorded over their long standing career before selecting ten songs initially recorded at various stages of the band’s career. Having reworked and re-recorded each piece, they conjured up an album that’s up there alongside some of their finest.
The Warlocks play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 28th June 2017, with support from Violet. Tickets available here.
Watch the video for ‘Only You’ below: