The Revue

"The Mystery Machine is from San Francisco indie-rock band The Liquid Scene.  It's a truly trippy, psychedelic tune that will have you reaching for your tie-dyed shirts and sandals or clogs as you pile in the VW van.  The single is from their debut album Revolutions."

The Revue

“The Mystery Machine” is a trippy, psychedelic track from San Francisco indie-rock band The Liquid Scene.  The song infuses Middle Eastern and sub-continental Asian sounds to create a hazy, buzzy experience.  The track could be the outcome of a George Harrison and Ravi Shankar collaboration (and maybe it is).

The single is from their pretty cool debut album, Revolutions“The Mad Potter of Biloxi” is another inter-continental track, although it has hints of southern rock as well as psych-rock.  The opening single, “The Other Side of the Sun”, isn’t quite like Pink Floyd, but it is a terrific, uptempo psychedelic tune that is a little proggy.

“Which Side of Time Are You On?” is a mid-tempo number but the story told by the quartet is pretty entertaining.  It could be a song about space travel or just being lost in a haze, which this album does to you.  “Hey Moondog” is an aptly named song.  Creating a dreamy feel as if you are walking in space, the track, arguably the highlight, resonates with the psychedelia of the late ’60s and early ’70s.  The Byrds would be proud.

Revolutions is out now.  Pick it up at their Bandcamp site, iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

“The Mystery Machine” is on the March 13th Edition of the Weekend Showcase, which is a weekly playlist of some of the best new music from the indie world.  It’s below along with “In My Water Room” and the video for “Letterbox”.

Stuck In The Psychedelic Era #1514 (http://hermitradio.com/)

"This week marks the debut of a new feature on Stuck in the Psychedelic Era that I'm calling Advanced Psych (at least until I think of something better). This occasional feature will showcase bands that, although technically fall outside of the era itself (roughly 1964-70), are consistent with the general concept of the show itself. The idea is to encourage new artists that are doing their best to keep the spirit of the psychedelic era alive and to recognize the contributions of various neo-psychedelic bands that have come and gone over the past 45 years. This week we feature a track from Liquid Scene, a San Francisco band led by Becki diGregorio, a multi-instrumentalist (check out the sitar work) who writes and sings lead vocals on all the band's material. Feel free to give me some feedback on this week's Advanced Psych track, the six and a half minute long Hey Moondog (See The God Of Odin Come) from the band's debut CD, Revolutions. I'll be posting a picture of the cover on the Stuck in the Psychedelic Era Facebook page as well. Personally, I think it's pretty cool stuff."

Stuck In The Psychedelic Era #1517 (http://hermitradio.com/)

"This week's Advanced Psych track is the opening tune from Liquid Scene's debut CD Revolutions. The Other Side Of The Sun is, put simply, a catchy tune with an infectious guitar riff that nicely sets the stage for the rest of the album. Last time I played something from Revolutions I mistakenly identified it as being released in 2015. I have since discovered that the album actually came out in December of 2014. Much thanks to producer/engineer Vince Sanchez at VSO Productions for making me aware of this fine CD."

Waxtrax Radio

"On Waxtrax Radio I very seldom play unsigned artists and actually only have two in rotation but every once in awhile I run across something that sounds so awesome it needs its place on Waxtrax Radio.

Sitting high atop a mountain in southwestern Colorado I am turned on to the band The Liquid Scene and their album Revolutions.

Phones on, volume cranked.

I hit play on the 1st track The Other Side Of The Sun and am surprisingly brought back to the 60s 70s era with a Jefferson Airplane kinda feel right from the start.  Awesome vocals and a flashback to what sounds like a top hit on the charts back in the days.

Moving on to the track Letterbox, awesome flowing guitar and sets a nice steady chill atmosphere throughout.

The Mystery Machine starts off with great percussions and a nice bottom end filled with many background fillers, as the whole album is artfully crafted giving the album a very rich, full experience to the listeners. I really dig this song and its whole vibe. Very good use of instruments and sounds involved here.

The Mad Potter Of Biloxi starts off with some nice flowing guitar picking and holds a nice steady bass line throughout. Enjoyed the backwards tracking sounds etc., with the vocals as well on this one.

Leave Me Here starts off very melodic almost as if a hint of the sounds you may get from the band Rush and the song "Trees" and once again as so many tracks on this album lead you down that wonderful peace path of flowing guitars and vocals. I really enjoyed the break at about 4 minutes into the song expanding your mind and sweeping you away till the end on that mystical journey.

Which Side of Time Are You On?? has that nice uplifting feeling and really enjoyed the keys inserted on this one. Leaves you with that feeling you are going back in time or ahead in time either way you get the feeling with their creative use of sounds you are actually experiencing a ride of a lifetime, one you may not want to come back from. Let's keep the jams on this LP flowing.

Moving on to Love Was Here, once again great percussions in the intro proceeded by some great harmonies leading into a nice flowing tune.

Hey Moondog has that Status Quo kinda feel and sound, great rhythms nice flowing melodies & loved the psychedelic sounds! Seems as if this 6 plus minute song flew by in no time.

In My Water Room. Being a huge fan of the sitar this tune took me in right from the start! Awesome sounds, great sitar and a nice flowing bass line and strikes those positive frequencies needed for mind expansion.

I loved every ounce of this super hallucinogenic hayride album by The Liquid Scene entitled Revolutions and suggest anyone with a progressive, psychedelic rock, folk influence in their collection pick this one up! Great recording , excellent use of dynamics and a must to listen with headphones. Dig the concept and originality of this band, although I hear many of my favorite influences here they definitely have the originality it takes to set themselves apart from the norm.

My hats off and thanks to the band on a great creation of sounds and a friendly addition to the Waxtrax Radio playlist as every song has been added on this one.

I had a hard time choosing tracks to be played and really honestly enjoyed them all and found them all so fitting to the sounds Iʼm spinning on the station.

Letʼs get these guys a record deal!

Check out The Liquid Scene at http://theliquidscene.bandcamp.com and make sure to add this one to your collection!"

Stuck In The Psychedelic Era #1519 (http://hermitradio.com)

"Keeping the spirit of psychedelia alive we have The Liquid Scene with a track from their 2014 debut cd 'Revolutions.' 'The Mystery Machine,' the third track on the cd, uses acoustic percussion instruments to set the tone for a piece that combines modern production techniques with bodhi's haunting vocals to create a memorable soundscape without in any way abandoning its late 60s roots. I like this one more every time I hear it."

Stuck In The Psychedelic Era Radio Show #1539

"My favorite new band (by a long shot), Liquid Scene was formed by a group of San Francisco Bay area musicians that shared a love of 60s psychedelic music.  Led by multi-instrumentalist Becki diGregorio, the band also includes guitarist Tom Ayers, bassist Endre Tarczy (who also provides some keyboard parts) and drummer Trey Sabatelli.  Liquid Scene's first album, Revolutions, was released in late 2014.  All nine tracks, including Which Side Of Time Are You On, are worth repeated listenings.  I'm looking forward to their next effort."

Luna Kafé e-zine

Revolutions is the new psychedelic album by San Francisco's Bay Area band The Liquid Scene. Like they say, 'Come experience the sounds of yesterday and today in mind-swirling technicolour. It's all here. For your entertainment...'. The band is made of: Bodhi (a.k.a. Becki diGregorio) (vocals, acoustic guitars, sitar, dilruba), Tom Ayres (electric guitars, pedals), Endre Tarczy (bass, keyboards), and Trey Sabatelli (drums, percussion), and the quartet is heavily into 'psychedelic rock and heavy-folk, middle-eastern trippy-trance grooveness'. The band lists UK/US artists/bands (of inspiration, or whom they like/listen to) as The Pretty Things, The Creation, The Byrds, The Pink Floyd (sic), Strawberry Alarm Clock, Traffic, July, Donovan, Sopwith Camel, McGough and McGear, Moorpark Intersection, Gandalf, The Fantastic Zoo, Tomorrow, and more. A lot of psych-pop and psych-folk for you, there. Vintage stuff. Like the band's slogan goes: 'Yesterday's sounds... today.' They also namedrop XTC and/or the fabulous The Dukes of Stratosphear as an influential name. You might as well add Rick Corcoran's The Orgone Box as a 'contemporary' soul mate and a band of comparison. You might add The Beatles' (or The Rutles') psych period as well, especially with The Liquid Scene's "Hey Moondog".

Revolutions (of last year - but, hey, their genre is timeless...) is a pleasant listen, and it is a time machine (Liquid Scene's mystery pop machine) ride back to the 1960s. Back to the other side of the sun, with mad potters, moondogs, and love and music (and the love of music) in many colours. The Liquid Scene do not revolutionize pop music. That said, this isn't their goal either. They travel in time to find (or recall) some good times of pop psychedelic tinted music. There are good vibes all through, all over this album. Want to have a listen? Check out the poppy opener "The Other Side of the Sun" or "In My Water Room" for a start.

Atom Heart Mutha

"'Yesterday's Sounds... Today'", as band mottos go it's not a bad one to have, for Bay Area Psychheads The Liquid Scene it's remarkably accurate.

Released in December 2014, Revolutions is a 9 (Number 9!) track album of wonderfully catchy hooks, psychedelic melodies and songs that effortlessly capture a sound not unlike the treasures from the original summer of love.

There's more than a hint of Jefferson Airplane here, as well nods to (and happily, for me anyway) the underrated songwriting of The Monkees, as is evident on the opening track 'The Other Side of The Sun.'

Further on in the album the wonderful 'Hey Moondog' plays out on a riff reminiscent of Dear Prudence whilst still managing to maintain the band's individual dreamlike sound. This is largely due to the fantastic vocals of singer Becki (bodhi) diGregorio, her voice swirls in perfect harmony with the accompanying sounds and it makes for a brilliant listen. The same can be said for the track 'Letterbox' and its soothing relaxing vibe.

There aren't many Psychedelic pop albums of the last few years that have managed to achieve what's on offer here. The wonderful sitar on 'In My Water Room' enhances the sound and Trey Sabatelli makes the beat of his drum fit like a glove.  Elsewhere there is the mellow 'Leave Me Here' and slow building 'The Mystery Machine' demonstrating once again a love of the music of an era gone by lovingly brought forward to recent times.  

Plugging in the headphones and sitting back to relax is the perfect way to listen to and enjoy Revolutions, and I've done that many times now before reviewing this wonderful LP. Whilst this LP is not as heavy as the kinds of things I usually review here, the band's love of the psychedelic sound and bodhi's superb vocals shine through and makes it impossible to not get drawn in. I look forward to hearing where the band goes next."

Music Web Express 3000 (mwe3.com)

"Based in the San Francisco area, The Liquid Scene are keeping the spirits of the 1960s alive and well in the year 2015 with their Revolutions CD.  At first you think the lead vocalist is singing in an upper register but then find out the singer is Becki “bodhi” diGregorio, who is also the group’s rhythm guitarist and sitar player.  Backing up the songs and vocals of Ms. diGregorio are the far-out guitars of Tom Ayres, Endre Tarczy (bass, keys) and Trey Sabatelli (drums). The sound is very West Coast ‘60s psych-pop with a solid rock beat.  The Liquid Scene are jump-starting the revival of the paisley pop generation with the equally dazzling Revolutions."

Dayz Of Purple And Orange

I've been on bit of a sixties groove of late, and this has coincided, quite serendipitously, with The Liquid Scene getting in touch with their new album 'Revolutions' - a glorious slice of sixties psych, best summed up by the band's motto "Yesterday's sounds.....today". Based in the San Francisco Bay area (a city with sixties love and peace running through its veins) the band has, between them, worked with artists of the calibre of Todd Rundgren, Chuck Prophet, Andy Partridge (XTC) and The Tubes. This wealth of experience and talent has borne fruit with 'Revolutions'. The band is: bodhi (Becki diGregorio), the lead singer/songwriter and also plays acoustic guitars, sitar and dilruba; Tom Ayres - electric guitar; Endre Tarczy - bass and keyboards; and Trey Sabatelli - drums and percussion.

'The Other Side Of The Sun' gets the album off to a sparkling start with some cool sixties garage punk guitar and bodhi's vocals soaring like Grace Slick in her prime. 'Letterbox' is a down tempo number with some ace organ/keyboards, the melody reminiscent of the Fab Four circa the White Album. The songwriting of bodhi comes to the fore... some delicate and sensitive phrasing adding some pathos to the song. 'The Mystery Machine' brings a more eastern influence to the sound, with some lovely dilruba in the background, and the band's natural feel for psychedelic music is evident... this could have been recorded in the late sixties. 'The Mad Potter of Biloxi', as well as having an ace title, benefits from some nice effects throughout; some treated vocals and some nice echo, and a section with some jaunty piano and spoken word which has a distinctly British psych feel. 'Leave me here' is a melancholic number which showcases bodhi's vocal talents... if this was released in another age, I have no doubt she would be up there with some of the great female singers of that age - Mama Cass, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell etc. 'Which Side Of Time Are You On' is a more upbeat number with some, what sounds like, harpsichord and a nice psychy guitar solo. 'Love Was Here' is a folk based track, with some delicate acoustic guitar and bongos... it has a rich Topanga Canyon vibe about it with some nice Byrdsian harmonies. 'Hey Moondog' has a guitar intro uncannily like The Beatles' 'Dear Prudence' from the White Album while the song structure and atmosphere is more 'Sgt Pepper's...', without doubt the most psychedelic track on the album. 'In My Water Room' closes the album and starts with some nice sitar and drone before launching into a jaunty psych pop song. It has flashes of Barrett era Floyd and that, with the sitar and the imaginative structure of the track, make it the stand out track, which, on this album, is no mean feat.

The Liquid Scene have not created anything earth-shatteringly revolutionary, but that's not really important here. What they have created, however, is a beautifully crafted and performed trip to a time long gone; a time when peace and love were on everybody's lips, and in these turbulent times that is a very good thing. 'Revolutions' is an album of sixties psych pop par excellence, the vocal talents of bodhi and the musicianship of the band raise it into a class of its own. It is a genuine 'feel good' album full of atmosphere and grooviness. Fab gear! The album can be purchased via the band's Bandcamp page.

Thee Psychedelicatessen

Strange things are happening again... Postie dropped a very cool package in our post box the other week containing Revolutions, the very groovy new album from San Francisco Neo-Psychedelicists The Liquid Scene.  All seasoned SF musicians brought together by their love of 1960s English psychedelia, a quick game of ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’ will link the band in some way to the Paisley Underground, The Dukes Of Stratosphear, Todd Rundgren and acclaimed, epic Beatles tribute band The White Album Ensemble (what the Bootleg Beatles would sound like if they were not so horribly cheesy), The Liquid Scene take inspiration for their music from Pink Floyd, Traffic, Donovan, The Beatles and the less well known sounds of The Orange Bicycle, the very far out "Wonderwall" soundtrack album, July, McGough and McGear’s obscure 1968 album and cult none-hit wonders Tintern Abbey amongst others.  It says on the tin “Yesterday’s sounds… today”, and that’s a pretty accurate description of Revolutions as it is a 60s referencing record with a 80s Neo-Psychedelic feel but with very modern studio techniques transforming the album into a beautifully recorded and mixed carnival of backward guitars, swirling psychedelic effects and mind bending studio stereo trickery that sounds fantastic on headphones after a few smokes... Recorded in mind-swirling technicolour, it’s studio time well spent as it is the best sounding psychedelic record we have heard for quite a while.

Listening to Revolutions can be described as driving through the Mojave Desert on a psychedelic adventure sometime around 1969, high on peyote, flipping through the FM dial as familiar sounds drift out of the ether…  bits of Beatlesque mellotron sound, snatches of the intro to ‘Dear Prudence’ the pastoral vibe of early Traffic, Eastern drones from Donovan albums and other slivers of classic psych sounds that all seep in into your subconscious…  The Liquid Scene have made a really cool record that is part love letter to 60s Summer Of Love/Swinging London and part a continuation of the fantastic Sixties inspired psychedelic music that was being released by the early 80s LA “Paisley Underground” bands.  A big influence on this record must be the excellent 60s fan boy/homage albums released by The Dukes Of Stratosphear (with a sly wink towards the Neil Innes/Ollie Halsall brilliant deconstruction of the essence of the Beatles for The Rutles soundtrack) and the kaleidoscopic sounds of bands such as the Rain Parade.  There are some really great tracks on this album with a few of the standout tracks being a sparkling Psychedelic Pop magical mystery detour of ‘Letterbox’ (watch the video here), the very groovy ‘The Mystery Machine’ and ‘Leave Me Here’ which has a beautiful Big Star/Chris Bell vibe with a mindblowing, seriously headphone friendly, extended wig out section.  The Liquid Scene have big love for the Beatles… riffing off the intro to ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Hey Moondog’ is an epic hallucinogenic journey to the centre of the mind while ‘In My Water Room’ explores George Harrison’s fascination with Indian classical music and twists into some very strange psychedelic shapes.  Revolutions is a beautifully constructed, flawlessly played and expertly recorded record that all lovers of classic psychedelia should give a listen to.  It’s a total trip and so much more than the sum of its influences.

Released on Ziglain Records, Revolutions is available now as both a CD or digital download from CD Baby and The Liquid Scene bandcamp page at http://theliquidscene.bandcamp.com/ and download only from iTunes. Check it out folks………it will blow your mind.