Dead Meadow's unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitar-fuzz bliss, and singer Jason Simon's high-pitched melodic croon have won over psychedelic pop/rock and stoner rock fans alike, while elements of folk and pop would creep into their formula over time.
Although the band's members met while attending all-ages shows in and around Washington, D.C.'s punk/indie scene, the trio draws more of its sound from such classic rock legends as Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.
The trio formed in the fall of 1998 out of the ashes of local indie rock bands the Impossible 5 and Coulour, with singer/guitarist Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. The three members set out to fuse their love of early-'70s hard rock and '60s psychedelia with their love of fantasy and horror writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft.
Rats On Rafts are a young band from Rotterdam and their style has been compared to a mix of Post Punk and New Wave with elements of C86 by an excitable press. Comparisons to The Fire Engines, The Chameleons and The Specials have also been banded about. The band swear spiritual allegiance to the Rotterdam's New Wave, Pop and Punk scenes with one proviso, the weirder the better. "If only John Peel was still alive today they would be doing a session for him next week." - John Robb -Louder Than War
London's newest post-punk freaks. As any of its members will tell you, the phrase ‘Vyk Non’ technically doesn’t mean anything, but it’s only fitting that the London-based four-piece should identify themselves using words of their own devise. With a cacophony of noisy guitar and caterwauling vocals over a powerful rhythm section as spiky as their name,