Originally formed in Berkeley, CA, the Herms were the sort of band that the folks that then-future founder of Thee Oh Sees and Castle Face Records, John Dwyer loved, although others in his group wouldn’t quite them. I find that hard to believe, because on “Power Joystick,” the first single off the compilation Drop Out, Vol. 1 sounds much like the Velvet Underground, as though by a sludgy garage rock and indie rock band.
Adding to the sludgy, and somewhat cheap feel is the fact that the material off the compilation of sons recorded on tape, and as Dwyer has publicly said, the material creates the sense of watching the band right in front of you. From this one track, I’m sure that some people will wish they would have come out now, because they would have received more love than what they knew back in the day.