Friday 20 July 2012 at 8:00pm
The Half Moon
93 Lower Richmond Road, London, SW15 1EU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44-(0)20-8780 9383
"During the 70's the trio known as the Groundhogs were taking blues riffs into the same uncharted territory as the MC5, the Stooges and the Krautrock groups. Their frantic songs of alienation would piledrive along only to disintegrate into whoops of feedback and sonic wah-distortion. Most white blues-based groups were latecomers straitjacketed by their need to cop what they saw as ‘the formula’, but the Groundhogs’ experience with John Lee Hooker in the early ‘60s had shown them that the real bluesmen adhered to no formula. Subsequent work with free-form freaks ‘60s Hapshash & the Coloured Coat opened the doors still further until the Groundhogs refused even to boogie. Indeed, to call them the blues is to call Ash Ra Tempel the blues. The Groundhogs surfed the hinterlands between California’s The Misunderstood and George Clinton’s epic early-Funkadelic guitar histrionics. It was a post-Hendrix yawp that kissed your sonic ass goodbye." (Julian Cope - Head Heritage)
The Groundhogs is a revival waiting to happen - Paul Smith (Blast First Records).