Heavy Psych Sounds Fest 2019

Main Act: Dead Witches
Date: Friday 22nd February 2019
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Borderline
City: Soho, London
Support: Black Rainbows, Giöbia & Deadsmoke


Desertscene are excited to announce we’re working alongside our good friends at Heavy Psych Sounds to bring you Heavy Psych Sounds Fest. Taking place at The Borderline on Friday 22nd February 2019, Heavy Psych Sounds Fest will showcase one of the underground’s finest labels’ best bands.

Headlining this killer bill are the UK’s own Dead Witches, who will be bringing the occult psych in abundance. Straight out of the mind of legendary sticksman Mark Greening (Ramesses, ex-Electric Wizard), Dead Witches are a heavy, fuzzy and dark experience, oozing with B-movie horror vibes. They’ll be presenting tracks from their new album, The Final Exorcism, which is the first to feature the band’s solidified lineup around Greening - Soozi Chameleone (vocals), Oliver Hill (guitar) and the returning Carl Geary (bass) - and releases the day of the HPS Fest, so be sure to pick up your copy at the show.

Main support for the night comes from Black Rainbows, who have readily established themselves as Italy’s - if not Europe’s - dominant force of stoner psych. From 2007’s debut, Twilight in the Desert, right through to 2018’s Pandaemonium, Black Rainbows have consistently served up hearty slices of cosmic space stuff which leans as heavily into 70s space rock classics as it does traditional stoner fare. That the Italian underground thrives today is a testament as much to Black Rainbow as any other band.

Another band who has been a huge influence on the Italian psych scene is Giöbia, who we’re proud to say are part of this mammoth bill. Rooted firmly in a deep love for 60s acid/space rock, though not without adding their own contemporary spin, Giöbia takes you on a trip to Alpha Centauri with their wavy psych, before sling-shotting you out into the distant edges of the galaxy accompanied by a faint droning undercurrent.

Completing this mind melting exhibition of what Heavy Psych Sounds has to offer are yet another example of Italy’s ever expanding underground scene, Deadsmoke. Kicking things off with a brutal dose of sludge, Deadsmoke are downtuned bleakness incarnate. Their two must-spin full lengths, self-titled and Mountain Legacy respectively, are granite slabs of pure filth.