This week, stoner rock stalwarts The Warlocks released Skull Worship, their first album in three years. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard many people talking about the band, onetime signatures of legendary indie label Bomp! and creators of some of the best psych of the last decade. In fact, there’s a whole host of psychedelic bands that are all too frequently ignored; here are some of the genre’s most inexplicably overlooked acts from the past 50 years. And since psychedelia is a huge, expansive category full of hidden treasures, be sure to add your favorite deep cuts in the comments.
The Warlocks revolve around songwriter and guitarist Bobby Hecksher, and his six albums have included contributions from psych gods like Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum. The band has a pretty heavy discography, and there are a lot of great places to start, like the ironically sluggish “Cocaine Blues” (whose 11-minute video features a young, coked-out Rivers Cuomo) or sublime ’60s pop outtake “Baby Blue.” My favorite song of theirs is “Thursday’s Radiation,” which reads like a stadium version of Galaxie 500 and cuts like a knife.