THE SAND PEBBLES
hail from Melbourne, Australia and are unique in this musical landscape
in playing psychedelia crossed with classically cool Oz stuff like Died Pretty and the Moodists.
The name "Sand Pebbles" comes from a 1966 Steve McQueen war film ...
The bandís debut sampler CD "Shakes" has been compared to a mixture of
acid fried 60s biker soundtracks and the slack open-tuned ways of
Keith Richards with the teardrop vocals of ex-Byrd Gene Clark
thrown in for good measure Ö
Now signed to boutique psychedelic label Camera Obscura,
a vinyl 7" EP is to be released in November,
while a full length album is slated for Feburary, 2001.
The Sand Pebbles self-titled 7" vinyl EP contains sixteen minutes of tripped-out guitar pleasure.
Noahís Ark is a three minute flower punk track featuring frantic rhythm guitar
(think the Velvet Undergroundís "What Goes Oní from the 1969 Live Album),
overdriven organ and a Gibson SG solo courtesy of the Casanovasí Tommy Love.
Hey Let Me In (T-1) is a Stooges inspired one-chord instrumental frenzy
that couldíve been lifted from the soundtrack to The Wild Angels.
Itís set to feature in an American BMX video.
The Sundowner is a wide-open, 8-minute mellotron soaked song
thatís a perfect example of the Sand Pebbles psych-cinematica.
The lead off track from the "Shakes" LP called "Start Your Engines"
was used for a Helena Christensen catwalk show, for the "Phillips" fashion label.
Currently the Sand Pebbles track "Aquawoman" is the MP3 Single of the month
at the Camera Obscura website - www.cameraobscura.com.au
The Sand Pebbles are also featured on two international tribute albums
"Test Patterns" is dedicated to legendary New York avant rockers Television
and frontman Tom Verlaine. The song performed is "Sixteen Tulips" which surfaced
on Verlaine's "A Miller's Tale" album.
The MP3 of "Sixteen Tulips" can be downloaded from: http://tv.obbard.com/tribute/
US label Aether Records is releasing a psychedelic tribute.
The Sand Pebbles have cut a version of the Masters
Apprenticesí "Living in a Childís Dream".
The album will be out in March.