If you know anything about music, you’d know that San Francisco has been  considered the home to one of the country’s most important psychedelic music scenes, going back the heydays of Haight-Ashbury and The Grateful Dead. And although the Summer of Love has long passed, San Francisco has had a number of bands that have taken up the psych rock mantle including Thee Oh Sees and others; granted, the contemporary psych rock scene leans much more towards the gritty, garage rock sound. 

Cool Ghouls are a San Francisco-based quartet who with the release of their forthcoming full-length A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye will further cement San Francisco’s contemporary psych rock scene. “What A Dream I Had,” the first single off A Swirling Fire manages to sound as though it could have been released in 1966, thanks to its emphasis on multi-part harmony, buzzing guitars and dirge-like feel but just underneath it’s dreamy psych pop, there’s a subtly sleazy garage rock undertone that brings the song into much more modern territory.