Think of the Velvet Underground playing "Heroin" at the Electric Circus, or the Rolling Stones onstage at Altamont Raceway, staggering through "Sympathy For The Devil." These are palpable sensations generating orgone energy. Above all, these images conjure up music as an experience.
The band features JC Rees on guitar, Corey Lee Granet on guitar, Laura Grisby on tambourine, organ and vocals, and newest addition, Bobby Martine on bass. There are two drummers -- Danny Hole and Jason Anchondo --bashing away simultaneously on full-sized kits. At the vortex of this cross-fire hurricane is guitarist/lead vocalist Bobby Hecksher, who writes all of the band's songs, whether they're fourteen-minute gotterdammerung assaults or pastoral acoustic-strummed meditations.
After months of playing shows in L.A., and up and down the West Coast, the Warlocks were brought to the attention of Greg Shaw, co-owner of Bomp! Records. Here's another image: in October 2000, just days before Halloween, Hecksher scrawled his name in his own blood on a two-album record contract. Their first release, a six-song eponymous EP, arrived in November 2000. The second, Rise And Fall, was released in October 2001. Both albums received critical praise in the pages of CMJ New Music Report, Phoenix New Times, L.A. Weekly, New York Press, Slug, Magnet and dozens of ink-stained glossies and alt-weeklies, and on various music-related websites. They were named one of Alternative Press' "100 Bands To Watch." After gaining notoriety as openers on U.S. tours with Nikki Sudden, and close friends, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Warlocks successfully headlined 2 more tours of their own, and continue their conquest of America today.
In 2002, the Warlocks signed with Birdman Records, the L.A.-based indie label owned by Dave Katznelson -- a former Warner Bros A&R guy, responsible for signing the Flaming Lips, Mudhoney, the Boredoms, Sonic Boom and Nick Cave. The Summer of 2002 saw the release of the limited edition Phoenix EP, whose 4 tracks clocked in at an impressive 65 min. This month's release of the Phoenix Album has the band scoring big with rave reviews in Spin, MOJO, and Alternative Press, not to mention, the single "Baby Blue" blasting across America as "Coolest Song in the World this Week", on Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show. A quick trip to the UK brought the band back to the US with a NME BRAT nomination for "best new band" and all the HYPE that England can muster just in time to join Interpol on tour. They released their most recent l.p, Heavy Deavy Skull Lover on, psych specialist label, Tee Pee Records, after an album long stint at Mute Records in 2005.