The Physics House Band are back with their boundary-breaking take on jazz-influenced psych-rock. The band are sharing their new video ‘Calypso’ online now.
The band also announce a new mini album ‘Mercury Fountain’ due April 21st via Small Pond Records and a UK tour this May.
Speaking about the video, Adam Hutchinson of the band went on to say “We wanted to make something that was a strong mix of beautiful visuals, and the live performance element that has always been a an important part of our band. Jake and I experimented with shooting coloured inks into spinning water, filming my obscene 70s shirts on a turntable, covering fruit with gold and silver paint. We then shot all the live performance parts at Fire Eye Land in Kent, and I cut it all together to make a freaky psychedelic mess.”
Mercury Fountain’ follows 2013’s EP ‘Horizons/ Rapture’, which sold out twice over on CD & vinyl and allowed the band to pick up quite a fan base.
The Physics House Band are Sam Organ (guitar/keys), Adam Hutchison (bass/keys) and Dave Morgan (drums). The three met at university in Brighton, almost by accident, after the breakup of their previous bands, but the result couldn’t sound further from an accident. The Physics House Band posses a musical prowess way beyond their years, creating avant-garde compositions that capture everything from jazz to prog to psych to tech-metal to tech-rock, all combined together and executed to perfection.
Named after a sculpture by Alexander Calder, which Adam stumbled across in a gallery in Madrid, the record is about a hallucinogenic journey through the mind, parallel universes and the astral plane, using the allegory of diving into a Mercury Fountain. The first half focusses on exploring different realms, scenes and situations – gaining knowledge and understanding as you go. The second half of the record embarks on an intense journey through fury, violence, madness and bliss, using all the knowledge and understanding gained in the first half. The album ends the same way that it begins: emerging from the Mercury Fountain, only to dive straight back in.
Recorded with Joel Magill & Raven Bush at Wicker Studios in Kent, ‘Mercury Fountain’ uses a wealth of vintage microphones, amplifiers, drum sets and synthesisers, featuring a Wurlitzer, a couple of 70s Moogs, a roland string RS202, and even a bizarre Russian Moog copy. For The Physics House Band, experimentation is key and a large part of the recording and writing process. The group had a little help from their friends to create ‘Mercury Fountain’, with Raven Bush on violin, ‘Biscuit’ on jazz flute and ‘Willy G’ on saxophone.
The Physics House Band are set to tour the UK this May, with more dates to be announced soon.
See The Physics House Band live:
5th – Colossal Festival (DK)
7th – Darwen, Sunbird Records (UK)
8th – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint (UK)
9th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (UK)
10th – Bristol, The Fleece (UK)
11th Brighton, The Haunt (UK)
12th London, Kamio (UK)
19th – Arctangent Festival (UK)