Trans Upper Egypt – “Trans Upper Egypt”

Trans Upper EgyptDo you like tripped-out fucked-up psychedelic punk garage rock with indecipherable, highly digitized vocals?

Then you have come to the right place!

According to their press release, Trans Upper Egypt “broke into our realm from Eastern Rome where concurrently they run their very own DIY space/venue called Forte Fanfulla . . .” Broke into our realm? Rad! Eastern Rome? Whoa! DIY space? Super! Sign me up.

The song “Moon Doom” reverberates with the type of spooky sounds you might find lurking in the background of Mario Bava movies, mixed, somehow, inexplicably perfectly with something like Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks. Add a 60’s-inspired bass-driven rhythm punctuated by tinny lo-fi drums with intriguing tempo changes and Gibby Hanes on vocals, and you’re starting to get the idea. Can’t imagine it? Give it a listen here:

And here’s the video for another song on their eponymous LP that came out earlier this month – it’s a total psychedelic punk train wreck accompanied by overlaying visual images that really make you wonder if you didn’t just land on another planet.

Let’s put this album on a mix tape with Loop, Spiritualized, Lord High Fixers, The Butthole Surfers, John Spencer Blues Explosion, and Joe Meek; then have the most amazing party ever that no one will remember in the morning.

But seriously — this is the most interesting and fun thing I have seen in 2014 and it’s probably going to be number one on my top ten list at the end of the year. This kind of sonic mayhem gives me hope for the future. If this is what the young folks are doing, wonderful! We have a lot to look forward to.