White Trash Style
San Francisco, USA)
In our ongoing quest to exhume every artifact of 60s and 70s proto metal, we recently stumbled up on San Francisco’s Glitter Wizard. For a moment, it seemed that we unearthed a forgotten gem, as Hunting Gatherers, the band’s sophomore album, could be easily mistaken for a long lost album from the early 70s.
In our hazy minds’ imagination, the band shared the stage with Steppenwolf, Bloodrock, Black Widow, The Stooges or Iron Butterfly, but Glitter Wizard‘s trippy, swinging sound — replete with catchy riffs, amusing lyrics and space-age keyboards, sax and flutes — isn’t some kind of Nuggets discovery, they are here and now.
Here’s a band that manages to combine the aforementioned influences in new ways as their space-glitter-glam-blues-garage-psych-sound is created from old elements, but combined into something so decidedly different, that it leaves their proto-metal roots far behind.
All their songs sport a slightly different take on glam-rock, but it is clear that this is a band that loves to jam in the garage on a Saturday night, extending their glam into prog and space rock jams, before they rockingly traverse the riff-filled land with bong in hand, planting riffs in minds as they go along.
For fans of:
Hawkwind, Motörhead, that episode of "The Young Ones" with the Damned on it, BÖC, Van der Graaf Generator, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Neil Merryweather, Funkadelic, Mammatus, Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Sabbath (duh), Comets on Fire, Sleep, MC5, Blue Cheer, Alice Cooper, Stooges
(Glam/Hard/Rock - Berlin)