Thursday, 13 May 2010
Each Of Our Senses Screaming With Deelight
Groep 1850, a dutch band started in 1964 in Den Haag with a fairly / sadly common story, first single released on a tiny label, picked up as a prospect by Phillips dropped as next to no copies sold, Dutch Discofoon picked them up and released a slightly less outrageous LP which again did nothing to dent the pop scene so Groep 1850 faded into obscurity staying active into the seventies and releasing an album and a few singles to them then fading away completely. yadda yadda yadda, draw my breath.
At every stage of their ten year reign, for me they are one of the most exciting, strange, freakish, creative outfits that i know of. Creating a sound so fucking diverse that 'Trippy' and 'Acid Drenched' as accurate a description those terms are, just don't cut it, it's so much more than that.
Groep 1850 is bordering on brilliant insanity. Agemos trip to mother earth is full of the best studio work which barely just manages to remain human. I mean some of their songs "I Put My Hands On Your Shoulders" notably have the ability to drag you screaming into the abyss. The ability to make you lose yourself in your mind and find yourself alive in theirs - a raging river built of strong currents of wild amplified sound throwing you down further and further swallowing you up and regurgitating you out again a different human being. Even if you're on a 171 on your way to work at 9 o clock on a Monday morning and have never touched acid in your life you can still feel the absolute brain frying power of their records. In a simpler more easy to digest sentence some of it is how i imagine being possessed would feel.
MUZZER EARRRTH AND VEE SHOULD BE ALL TOGETHER:EACH OF OUR SENSES SINGING WITH DEEELIGHT:NOW WITH THE VURLD GONE MAAD! NOW WITH THE VURLD GONE MAAD! A TASTE OF A PAINFUL LONGING FOR MORE AND MORE:FOR MORE FOR MORE FOR MORE! demonic drums welcoming you deep into the world of Groep 1850. One serious come down for flower children everywhere.
For me, the first time i heard Group 1850 it was on a brilliant series of tapes i was given by a friend entitled 'shapes and sounds vol 1-3'. I had no idea what was what on any of it as their was no track listings pictures or anything but I remember sitting on a ferry to Calais on a way to a gig, listening to one side of this tape over and over again just for this one song. It's movement from a nice psychedelic mover into extreme darkness had me completely confused, i'd never heard anything like it. Surreal music, that was more like a play than a record. Every sound in it's whirling atmosphere felt like it was adding to the make up of this set i'd painted in my head. It sounds strange but until you hear it you may or may not know what i mean. But for me it's all about the first two minutes of pure pop hit. This is the song "I Put My Hands On Your Shoulders".
I'd recommend downloading the entire album although it is often tough to listen to, not so much in the way of it being intense but it being outrageous, in pretty much every aspect. Here is another of my favorites off of the same LP, not exactly as freakish as the last but more towards the '68 psychedelic end of things.
And finally here is a track off of the third album i'm really into at the moment..
I'm only really touching the surface with these three tracks, so i'd seriously reccomend checking the band out properly. Their singles are fucking excellent and all albums are worth buying.
Check them Out live in '75