Comprised of Andrea Mastropietro (vocals, guitar), Federico Sereni (vocals, bass guitar), Francesco Marchi (vocals, guitar), and Marco Biagiotti (drums, backing vocals), the up-and-coming Italian quartet, The Vickers have developed a reputation across Europe for a sound that’s indebted to 60s psych rock and 90s Brit pop, as well as for a relentless touring schedule that has included a set at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival in 2014. Adding to a growing profile, their most recent album, Ghosts had received airplay from BBC Radio 6, KEXP Seattle, Radio Rai, RTVE Radio 3, and Amazing Radio, and praise from BBC 6 Radio personality Lauren Laverne and Nooga.
Recently, the Italian quartet recored and released a two song single, that features a cover of The Beatles “Love You To,” and an original track. “See Me Jumping On The Stars.” The original version of “Love You To,” written by George Harrison, appears on The Beatles’ Revolver album, and the original song is comprised of Harrison’s vocals accompanied by sitar and tabla, which gives the song a hypnotic and trance-like feel, while obviously nodding at Eastern mysticism. Whereas, the original song was much more tranquil, The Vickers cover is a lush, densely layered song that possesses a muscular insistence while evoking a kaleidoscopic array of colors viewed in a hallucinogenic-based trance – layers of guitar are fed through reverb and delay pedals and paired with forceful drumming and ethereal vocals that float through the mix. Doubling the original version’s length, The Vickers cover also interestingly enough, manages to feel as though it were recorded in an epic and free-flowing jam session, as a trippy, almost motorik grove is built up to allow for some incredible soloing throughout. In some way, the Italian quartet’s cover gets the mind-bending psychedelia of the period that influenced the song – and that was actually at the heart of the song itself.
The recently released official video is comprised of incredibly hallucinogenic array of images, rippling and undulating before your eyes and in some cases suddenly pausing before reversing and then going forward – or being viewed through a kaleidoscope is incredibly mind-bending.