Co-founding member Brad Traux (who once played alongside the likes of Home, Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue and Interpol) had urged acclaimed comics-artist Leslie Stein (guitar, vox), fellow former Broke Revue-er Bruno Meyrick-Jones (guitar, vox), and former Osprey Steve McGuirl (drums, percussion) to form Prince Rupert’s Drops in 2005. And early on, the band’s sound was compared to the likes of Captain Beefheart, The Groundhogs and others – but naturally, the band’s unique take on psych rock developed as each member took on songwriting duties.
Traux left the band in 2008 and was replaced by bassist Chad Laird (Land of Tomorrow and Jamtar) and almost immediately after Laird joined the band, the then-quartet won attention by opening for the likes of Black Drive, Oakley Hall, Obits and others. But by 2012, the band became a quintet with the addition of synthesizer player Kristen Nordine, who was once in Jamtar with Chad Laird.
In fact I personally saw them open for Obits at The Bell House and was impressed by their strange take on psych rock that at the time, reminded me quite a bit of Dark Side of the Moon-era Pink Floyd; however, with the forthcoming release of their sophomore effort Climbing Light, slated for a November 11 release, the quintet’s sound has (seemingly) evolved once again. As you’ll hear on “Dangerous Death Ray,” their sound manages to be still be heavily inspired by 1960s psychedelia but their sound manages to be much more muscular and acidic – the guitars are scorching hot and the bass rumbles along with a tight groove to thundering drumming. In some way, the band sounds as though they’re channelling their inner Jimi Hendrix, especially on an incredible guitar solo that starts around the 2:51 mark. This kicks ass while sounding as though it evokes a surreal acid trip.