Ever wondered what the best Psychedelic venue in the UK is? It’s Southampton’s Lennon’s bar, and it plays host to some terrific bands, and is renowned for its kaleidoscopic fuelled after parties.

One of those bands are the city’s own Spectral Park, who took to the not-misty-for-once stage with their hobo chic and Fender allure and brought all the psychedelic trimmings along: pedals, long hair, noise, and motley coloured projections. The band were primed and ready to tackle Lennon’s full on.

Unfortunately, for the most part they were just your average psychedelic band with hoards of effects and reverb – which isn’t a bad thing at all, but multi instrumentation from frontman Luke Donovan – which made it look like he didn’t know whether to strum a chord, or push a button – coupled with an incredulously amount of feedback, put to bed any real opportunity of the crowd getting heavily involved in proceedings.

Having said that, the bands final few bursts of melody and noise gave more sense of cohesion and enjoyment to everybody present. From the obscure beats of ‘L’appel Du Vide’, to the seemingly outlandish combination of Tame Impala’s ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ and Al Dubin’s ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’, the band finally came to life.

Matthew Bisgrove

1 comment

  1. really enjoyed both the bands at Lennons that night. The Art Club had a good presence and some big songs. Hopefully catch them again. The sound engineer/small venue struggled with Spectral Park but they still really impressed me too. I’ll keep an eye out for both bands in future.

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