Countdown to MDF X: (1) Electric Wizard
Founded in 1993, Electric Wizard consists of founding member Justin Oborn (Guitar & Vocals), Liz Buckingham (Guitar), Simon Poole (Drums) and Glenn Charman (Bass). Their music sounds like it’s being piped in from an earlier era. It is chockfull of fuzzy, psychedelic and distorted guitar riffs and droning bass. The group has taken their throw back aesthetic to the extreme, in that their entire 2007 album Witchcult Today was recorded on vintage equipment from the 1970s. Nothing says authentic like recording in analog.
Drugs and the occult form the basis of the group’s lyrical content. Even the Electric Wizard logo looks like the thick smoke billowing up from a pipe or bong. Hearing just a few chords of one of their songs makes me want to dig out my bell bottom jeans and fringed leather jacket, if I had them to dig out.
Electric Wizard is working toward releasing a new full-length album but until then, the group has issued a 7-inch single entitled “Legalise Drugs and Murder.” Their appearance at MDF is the group’s first trip to the US in more than a decade. I don’t know if they all have any kind of psychedelic slide-show back drop, but it would be kind of cool if they did.