The Wicked Whispers
The Social, London
14 October 2012

Live review

For a good few months now I have found myself drawn to a lot of music from the ’60s. I don’t know why or how but it has now turned into a mini obsession for me.

I’ve always liked The Doors and from there it has grown and it seems like each day or week I am discovering bands I had never really listened to before. With this growing interest in ’60s music I wanted to find bands today that were heavily influenced by that era. Luckily I stumbled across The Wicked Whispers.

They don’t have an album yet but they do have an EP, and a single called Dandelion Eyes which was released in August this year.

And as luck would have it I was in London for the week and these dates coincided with a performance by The Wicked Whispers at The Social. This was something I was not going to miss!

The venue itself is small and intimate but seemed quite fitting for the style of music, as often I envision bands in the ’60s playing in small dark clubs to a select number of people in the know.

The evening kicked off with DJ Richard Norris playing a number of psychedelic songs to the small crowd ready. Support came from a band called The Hypnotic Eye.

I personally had not heard of them before, though apparently they are making waves in the music world and are becoming rather popular in some circles. This is evident in their live performance, full of energy and enthusiasm. Their style is psychedelic/ garage rock with other elements thrown in to create a unique sound. The music was energetic, and the band looked good together which is always a good thing! After seeing them I think it’s a definite to check them out.

With a few more songs from Richard Norris, it was time for The Wicked Whispers to play. I can’t really delve too deep into the songs as I had only ever heard a couple before this gig. So the majority were all new to me. The two I had heard sounded very good indeed.

Dandelion Eyes with its prominent bass line intro and perfectly executed organ playing was splendour to my ears. Also the more melodic Amanda Lavender, which sounded like something that could have been written in 1967, was thoroughly enjoyable.

All the songs to me sounded great.

Each time I heard the organ or the guitars I couldn’t help but think that this is what it could have been like all those years ago in the ’60s.

All I know is I can’t wait for the band to release an album and tour again. I highly recommend this band – whether you like music from the ’60s or not.

All words by Sassan Tahbazian. You can read more from Sassan on LTW here.

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