Are we living through ‘The Second Wave’ of Psychedelia?
Can’t make it to LIverpool Psych Fest this weekend? Then watch the new DIY movie from Swedish band La Fleur Fatale which chronicles their search to understand today’s rock scene and what it has in common with that of the 60s.
Proudly positioning themselves as part of ‘The Second Wave’ – also the name of the documentary – last year the band embarked on a journey to and through California. During two intense weeks they played with legendary psych musicians and met some of the people that were a part of the 60s, both musically and spiritually. Connecting the past with the present, musically and politically, the documentary asks: what is the difference between then and now? Is the Anonymous movement now what 60s anti war movement was back then?
Who are La Fleur Fatale? Classic Rock readers may have heard them on the Killer Cobra sampler that came free with issue 178 bought in Tescos. They released their debut album in 2007 and have reached over 200 million people through licensing their music to TV shows and adverts (American Airlines, Six Flags, Eddie Bauer, Kaiser Permanente, Peak Season (MTV), Brew Masters (Discovery), AMC TV, Swedish TV4 Sport etc). They have toured the UK, Germany, Netherlands and also been to New York. They have played live on national Swedish TV on Nyhetsmorgon on TV4 and been acclaimed by the Swedish press as ”The best kept musical secret we got” (Groove 2009). So far they have released two albums, two EP’s and one single.
In the documentary, the band themselves know little about where they’re going on the trip through California. Instead they are given their next destination ‘An Idiot Abroad’-style: by their manager who calls them with instructions on where to go next. Everyone involved in the making of this documentary has been working pro bono, for love of the band and the project itself.
In The Second Wave La Fleur Fatale meet Ebbot Lundberg (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives), Strawberry Alarm Clock, James Lowe (Electric Prunes), Duncan Faure (Bay City Rollers, Rabbit), Patrick Campbell-Lyons (Original Nirvana) and more.
Earlier this year the band made a free download of a track with Ebbot Lundberg (TSOOL) available to Classic Rock readers. You can still get it here.
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