New club night White Rabbit sees renaissance of psychedelic sounds for today

Not only here for the beer:  Purple Heart Parade
Not only here for the beer: Purple Heart Parade

It’s psychedelia, but not as pioneering bands like The Beatles, Cream, The Byrds and Pink Floyd would know it.

A new club night coming to Hebden Bridge Trades Club - White Rabbit - will add a new flavour to psychedelic sounds, its organisers say.

Spokesman Mark Hebbes said: “‘White Rabbit’ was a concept conceived after years of attending the Green Man Festival in Wales, and more recently visiting the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia last September.The idea of a different type of club night offering a mixture of DJs and bands playing psychedelic music in all its guises, whether it be ‘60s pop psych, freakbeat, fuzz, garage, spacerock, krautrock, motorik, balearica and the newer neo-psychedelic music being made today.

“Psychedelia has grown from music’s fringes into an internationally thriving scene, with most big towns and cities regularly putting on psych nights.

“The psych movement has been a rejection of the safe and staid corporate indie we’ve been bombarded with this century and is routed with DIY ethics.

“ Psychedelia has become a byword for inventive music, whether it be in the form of electronica or heavily processed guitars.

“It’s become a far broader church and less guitar obsessed. Hopefully this should serve the scene well and prevent it from becoming just a flash(back) in the pan.”

On the bill at the first club night on Saturday, September 14, will be DJ Richard Norris, The Lucid Dream and Purple Heart Parade.

Richard Norris is a Lewes based record producer, sound engineer, author, and musican, best known as a member of The Grid, The Time and Space Machine, and Beyond The Wizard Sleeve.

He also curates the annual Lewes Psychedelic Festival and DJs’ psychedelic sets at UK festivals including Glastonbury.

The Lucid Dream were formed in Carlisle in 2008, and have gained acclaim from the likes of NME, Q, Frank Skinner, Steve Lamacq, and major support from BBC6 Music.

Purple Heart Parade are five like-minded stargazers from Manchester who formed in late 2012. Their brand of shoegaze/psych/fuzz rock has won them many plaudits since the band’s birth.

Mark said: “You can hear creepings of Dylan, Spiritualized and underground rock bands, beating to a ‘60s psychedelic rhythm.”

Admission £8, tickets from www.wegottickets.com and www.jumborecords.com . You can find White Rabbit Promotions on facebook at www. Facebook.com/psychrabbit