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Thee Hypnotics


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Assembling a host of 1967 psychedelic fuzz-guitar stars — Blue Cheer, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, etc. — as primary influences, adding a bit of Pretty Things/Rolling Stones ambience and jamming on a frenzied Stooges/MC5 drive, this quartet from High Wycombe, a town northwest of London, handily re-created the pre-Zeppelin era with more flair than most. Singer James Jones knows all the right moves, as does guitarist Ray Hanson, who pulls off the neat trick of overdubbing several different specific styles in a single song. Thee Hypnotics became a favorite of the fickle British music press with its first single, 1989’s “Justice in Freedom,” a stunning debut that, in both politics and volume, echoed the MC5, and by length (nearly nine minutes) hearkened back to the very early days of English metal.

The quartet — which also included drummer Mark Thompson and bassist Will Pepper — followed that with the solid “Soul Trader,” then released the five-song Live’r Than God! in-concert EP, complete with an even longer version of “Justice in Freedom.” Like most young bands with vigorous live reputations — and especially a group with a penchant for extended compositions — Thee Hypnotics’ live sound doesn’t translate well, nor is the recording quality particularly good.

It might not have mattered, had not Live’r Than God! become half of the band’s first US issue, a live/studio summary of work to date.


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  • wizzxx

    Come Down Heavy. Pure class.

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • yug23

    "ain't it funny how your rules always seem to suit you...?! we gotta shake it shake it shake it till some good comes through" rockin band!

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
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    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • xdreamx19

    lucky bastard :) Live'r Than God is killer stoner concert

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Grebo69

    Love Love LOVE this band. I was there at the recording of Live'r Than God. Couldn't hear for three days afterwards.

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • PiersSixx

    Lost my virginity to Soul Trader.

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • tcktck


    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Spendlove

    Preachin' and Ramblin'. Too awesome for words. Set volume to STUN.

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • dapplesuk

    saw them way back at the ULU Awesome band!!!

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    i like half man half boy its good album im gonna get some of thare other stuff soon they are kinda like the stooges

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • graeme82

    justice in freedon live - not many better ways to spend 11:46 of your life

    7 Jan 2010 Reply
  • distractedk

    Jim went onto form Black Moses and released two albums, then formed The Jim Jones Revue - check them both out

    24 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Nickhx

    Great band - what ever happened to them!?!

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • MikeSedated


    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Salt_The_Fries

    So fucking criminally underrated!

    11 Apr 2008 Reply

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