SUSPICIOUS BEASTS: Might Die Tomorrow: LP

Okay, let’s get real here for a sec. The past forty-five years has seen no shortage of bands attempting a musical time travel back to the groovy psychedelic sounds of the mid-’60s, so it should come as no surprise that these Japanese kids are the latest in a very long line. To their credit, they are one of the better bands making said attempt. One reason is that they aren’t wallowing in piss-poor attempts to replicate the same sonic conditions and output. Another is that they have the sense to filter later genres also influenced by the era back into their sound—later era Beatles, hippie-dippy country rock, even a bit of shoegazy dream pop. The main reason, though, is that the songs they’re coming up with are goddamned good, which, when we get down to brass tacks, is the only thing that really matters. Fans of the genre, and its related progeny, will find much to love here, and I’m glad I can count myself among them. –Jimmy Alvarado (Alien Snatch)