Imbued, sizzling, in a bubbling cauldron of Teenage Shutdown and Pebble’s compilations; Nuggets box sets; Ugly Things fanzines; and countless forgotten evanescent no-hoper garage-land bands; Cinema Red And Blue climb aboard the electric kool-aid locomotive for their latest asinine release.

Totally fatuous, dumb and ridiculous (all plus points in my book) David Feck’s (of Comet Gain notoriety) lo-fi acid garage-rockers are just having fun. This loose collaboration, whose ranks have included members of the Crystal Stilts, the Clean and Aisler’s Set – produced by Ladybug Transistor‘s Gary Olsen to boot – have a simple enough agenda: fondly goof around with and recreate, in sulking and melancholic teen mockery, the raw psychedelic, and, beat music of the mid to late 60s.

In true garage band tradition, they’ve released a timely ghoulish limited edition (500 copies) 4-track EP for Halloween – though it’s rather tame in comparison to bands like the Downliner Sect, and their infamous tongue-in-cheek horror EP, ‘Leader Of The Sect’. The customary graveyard visit comes courtesy of the shambling Tex-Mex organ grinding ‘Walkin To The Cemetery’: a howling dirge that sounds like Mark E Smith riffing off a vintage two chord version of ‘In The Midnight Hour’. Like something the 80s revivalist’s, The Gruesomes, might knock out; the rebel yell of indifference theme tune finishes on a Ghosts & Goblins computer game funeral pastiche. Split into 2 covers, and 2 originals, the Cinema’s own bookend plaint anthem is the travail of reflection ‘Memory Grave (Recalled From The Crypt)’: a nostalgic bow to…well, nostalgia, that takes its cue from the 13th Floor Elevators.

Both covers are shrewd bed fellows. There’s the rather gallant effort version of San Fran scenester’s, The Beau Brummels, caustic psych-Gothic prose ‘Gentle Wanderin Ways’; and an obscure version of the T-Bone Burnett produced Texas songwriters cabal, Whistler, Chaucer, Detroit & Greenhill‘s 68 country-fried, sun-dappled lite ‘As Pure As The Freshly Driven Snow’ – an astute and highly recondite choice that just goes to show there’s still some unmined treasures from the 60s to be found.

Outstaying it’s initial autumn ‘All Hallows’ weekend, novelty release date, Butterbean Crypt has enough fuel in the Hurst to last a good couple of months more.


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