Taking a trip on a Silver Machine
Supersoncic Stargazer – Trip Pilots (self released)
No shock to discover Hawkwind is a cited influence for this UK trio. The EP’s title and band name are obvious clues. The revelation is that the CD’s four songs are a solid addition to the psych-stoner rock genre.
Swirling feedback and electronic chirping, some talking and a repetitive rhythm bed build an ethereal platform on opening track “Supersonic Stargazer” from which guitarist-vocalist Johnny Sharp solemnly intones. Spiralling guitar lines abound.
The sampled Moon mission radio chatter on “Cosmic Ascent” is a little too obvious but the track again shows off the band’s solid psych chops. “Drive” is seven minutes of a blissful sonic trip and not the test of patience you may suspect. Sharp’s chording brings the journey to a crescendo.
“Tomb of Kings” is even longer and if the credits didn’t attribute its recording to a studio in Devon you’d think it emanated from a squat in Ladbroke Grove, circa 1973. There’s a lot of noodling, tinkling and drone over its nearly 10 minutes but it’s also beguiling and hypnotic.