Swedish psychedelic wanderers, The Orange Revival, sauntered onto the international psych stage in 2011 with their sold out debut album, Black Smoke Rising, followed by shows at Austin Psych Fest that wooed crowds with their 60s hypnotic flavour.
Now with the release of their new album, Futurecent, and a US tour kicking off this week, they’re ready to cement their position in the ever-growing international psych scene. We caught up with frontman Eric Strand about where they’re headed.
Since Black Smoke Rising the band has been writing and touring extensively, so many of the new tracks on Futurecent have actually been on rotation for quite some time, which Strand says makes the new record feel natural and lived-in already.
With mastering by Sonic Boom aka Pete Kember of Spaceman 3 and Spectrum, the album was recorded over two years in an abandoned warehouse using an incredible catalogue of vintage gear: 60s instrumentation, 80s Casios and a 1989 Tascam.
Of working with Sonic Boom, Strand says “He had first mastered our “Lying in the Sand” single, which we really liked, so we asked him if he’d be up for the album, and he wanted to do it. It’s awesome. He’s an idol, and he’s always been very nice to us.
The album was anticipated by the single “Saturation” which was defined ‘a rumbling space-rocker’ by Under The Radar magazine and was remixed by Roger Brogan from Spectrum.
With two psychedelic masters helping to steer The Orange Revival ship, the resulting sound is a collection of doomsday drones, stirring up blues, punk and a touch of desert rock that echoes some of the wildest chapters of rock n roll history, from The Stooges to Brian Jonestown Massacre and early Nebula.
While Strand can reel off a list of 20 artists that have inspired him over the years, he notes that his native Sweden, and living remotely in an isolated Nordic town are the greatest muse:
“A lot of things and people inspire us. But the best inspiration is the autumn here. It’s so nice with all the colours on the trees, and it smells so good. It just puts you in a perfect mood”
Futurecent comes off the back of two years on the road for the band, rambling through the capitals of Europe and the US in support of The Warlocks, White Hills and Spectrum.
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So what’s up next, now that Futurecent has been released?
“Right after the Fuzz Club Festival we’re flying over to the US to do a short West Coast tour, and then we are gonna continue to write and record our next album, before heading out on a European tour.”