As The Thirteenth Floor Elevators opened up the door for many of the Texas Pysch scene, so too did their label, International Artists. The label only lasted for a good five years but they put out releases by artists at the forefront of the Texas sound.

Bubble Puppy- A Gathering of Promises
After wandering around in a few fledgling Texas groups the members of Bubble Puppy came together and recorded a stand out single, "Hot Smoke & Sassafras," which in turn got them signed to the International
Artists label. The album was a mix of hard driving bluesy psych with flashes of folk guitar and rather melodic vocals. Though the album was strong and in my opinion much less one dimensional than the much lauded elevators, any following singles pretty much tanked. The band tossed the name and went on to become Demian, which also never really touched the success of their first single. Regardless, this is an interesting and underappreciated slice of sweet Texas psych and well worth checking into.

[MP3] Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke & Sassafras
[MP3] Bubble Puppy - Lonely

Golden Dawn - Power Plant
Following along the same palate as the Elevators, the George Kinney led Golden Dawn produced one album that stands right along their catalog as one of the more powerful albums from the International Artists label. Kinney had spent some time playing
with Erickson prior to either band and it does look like a bit of Roky's influence rubbed off on him, but nevertheless Power Plant contains some real choice nuggets that tear me up every time I hear them. The lyrics don't always make sense but the rhythms pound and the songs seethe with a sweet Texas burn to them. A great album from the era that just got a bit lost to time.

[MP3] Golden Dawn- Starvation
[MP3] Golden Dawn- My Time

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posted by dissensous at 1:09:00 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

AGain, another excellent look into tragically lost gems of early psych-garage rock. These posts are my favorites, please keep em up.

If possible, could you cover a band under United Artists called Thunder and Roses? I don't know if you've heard of them, but they were a Hendrix-inspired psychedelic garage trio. Excellent, as are these groups.

5:23 PM  
Blogger pplist said...

Fantastic post: 4 for 4! Thanks.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Mike Young said...

Bubble Puppy is delicious. Thanks!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Jallen said...

Fantastic piece on Bubble Puppy! I did a little piece on the band on my blog.

Their drummer Dave Fore's personal site has some cool info, too.

Great blog all around! Dig the selections.

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Race said...

Yeah! Bubble Puppy.. and thanks for the formal introduction to Golden Dawn. They were another Texas band, no?

8:24 AM  
Blogger dissensous said...

Race, yes Golden Dawn were also from TX.

10:01 AM  

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