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TOP 10 Heirs to 1968 Glory

by Noémie Lecoq
16 February 2018
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Looking back on the albums of 1968, exactly 50 years ago, it’s hard not to be awestruck by the amount of amazing music spread over those twelve months, when some of us (including yours truly) weren’t born yet. Let’s borrow Doc’s DeLorean (he agrees), fasten our seatbelts and go back in time to 1968.

Some newcomers released their debuts that year and, by doing so, changed the history of music: Joni Mitchell, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Randy Newman, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Townes Van Zandt, Silver Apples, Os Mutantes, Dr. John, Soft Machine…

Now let’s have a look at some of the records which celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018: Beggars Banquet (The Rolling Stones), The White Album (The Beatles), Odessey and Oracle (The Zombies), Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Astral Weeks (Van Morrison), Electric Ladyland (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)… Impressively, the list goes on and on.

It is now time to drive our DeLorean back to the future to discover new artists who follow this tradition !

 

The Black Room
Based in
Croatia, Rijeka
Style
North Adriatic port city of Rijeka has a long tradition of post punk music with a darkwave, noise rock or neo-psychedelic flavour. Punk was the sound of the city in the late 1970's and the first wave of post punk bands came on the local stages just a few years later. From then on, they have been the main artery of Rijeka's indie music scene with a constant need for new blood. Post punk sound for the year of 2020, when Rijeka will be European Capital of Culture, may very well be provided by four-piece band The Black Room.
Le Villejuif Underground
Based in
France, Villejuif
Style
Gathering information on Le Villejuif Underground means trying to find out whether the impressive number of crazy stories about them really happened or not. Alarmingly, it seems that all of the tales are true. Their singer used to live in a squat, then the ...
Big Mountain County
Based in
Italy, Roma
Style
Much like their songs, the trajectory of Rome’s Big Mountain County has been one of slow-burn evolution. Formed in 2012 from the ashes of much-loved underground band The Boilers, what started out as a trio has morphed into a quartet, building a loyal, cult following and developing a power and grace that’s all too rare in the psych-rock scene. From their first self-produced 7” singles in 2013 through extensive touring and their debut proper, the imposing Breaking Sound, they’ve been honing, tweaking, and growing, and now stand on the cusp of genuine crossover success.
Capitao Fausto
Based in
Portugal, Lisbon
Style
Capitão Fausto’s manpower consists of Tomás Wallenstein, Domingos Coimbra, Francisco Ferreira, Salvador Seabra and Manuel Palha. When they were 16, they started playing covers together and that inspired them to make it as a band. Hailing from Lisbon, they quickly embraced psych rock as their sound and Wallenstein, the band’s lyricist, decided that their songs had to be written in Portuguese to make sure everyone listening was paying attention to what was being said.
The Fruitcakes
Based in
Poland, Tri-City Area
Style
The golden age of Polish indie rock was over ten years ago. With the conclusion of The Car Is On Fire, one of the most famous Polish bands in the world, young musicians abandoned classic instruments for laptops and synthesizers. At present, there aren't many guitar bands that can reach as large an audience as successful electronic projects such as Kamp!, The Dumplings or Rebeka. But the Fruitcakes might just change that. Instead of trying something new, the members go back to the 1960s, create their own sound that draws inspiration from the rock and psychedelia of those days, but doesn't lack a modern spin.
Julie’s Haircut
Based in
Italy, Modena, Reggio Emilia
Style
They debuted this year for renowned Rocket Recordings (yes, the same British independent label which signed Goat), but Julie’s Haircut has a long, glorious history behind them, with ten years of international regard and constant touring across Europe. Julie’s Haircut are also one of the first Italian bands to look beyond their own borders, in stylistic choices and ambitions, certainly not only for choosing the English language for their songs. From 1999, the year of their first full length, the band evolved from garage rock to a more sophisticated and articulated level, fortunately, difficult to classify as open to various possibilities.
Lazer Viking
Based in
Czech Republic, Prague
Style
Jakub Kaifosz, aka Lazer Viking, is well-known figure in the Czech alternative scene. If you’re looking for a show with true rock'n'roll attitude, he’s your guy! There are profanities, performances in underwear, more profanities, shameless antics and general craziness, and more profanities... Since it’s all unplanned and spontaneous, you’ll hardly find a more amusing show. Oh, and of course the crucial part of the show is his music. Beyond his career as a musician, he is also a presenter on Radio Wave, a public service radio station for young listeners.
Garbanotas
Based in
Lithuania, Vilnius
Style
"They certainly remind me of this band I used to manage, called Pink Floyd", legendary rock manager Peter Jenner said after witnessing these Lithuanians' performance. A comment that should surprise nobody – for Garbanotas definitely are inspired by the ...
Sleepin Pillow
Based in
Greece, Thessaloniki
Style
Sleepin Pillow’s music is not easily described by referencing other artists; you can find hints of Massive Attack, Porcupine Tree, Dead Can Dance and even Tool mixed with psychedelia and hints of traditional eastern music to form a thought-provoking Dionysian environment.
Širom
Based in
Slovenia, Čadrg, Divača, Beltinci
Style

"Širom" is an old word for "around" and "širom sveta" translates as "around the world". That is exactly what this Slovenian trio's music sounds like – like it has travelled, listened, climbed and swum, seeking out the sounds of ...

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