Psychedelic rock group Revolushn recently released Further!!, the follow-up to their well-received 2014 debut, The Freshman. Originally consisting of singer/guitarist No and drummer Dekay, the band has broadened their sound in recent years by recruiting Schubert Ola (piano), Guinevere Q – No Big Fucking Deal (bass, vocals) and Young Sun (guitar). Slickly recorded by Aaron Connor, who has worked with Ed Sheeran and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Further!! is a fun, strange little slice of psych rock by the San Francisco-based collective.
The album opens up with “Dinosaurs,” which starts off rather gently before switching gears with No and Sun’s thundering guitars; it also indicates from the outset that Dekay’s loose, hard-hitting drums will be a highlight across the entire album. “Weird Little Minds” is lighter on its feet, a fun and tightly-packed number followed by the relentless “Man Who Knew Everything,” which kicks things up a notch with a punk-tinged energy. The loose and strange “You Will Go” is slower and more hypnotic than any other song, serving as a midpoint breather that underlines No’s spacey, spontaneous vocals.
“Dog Gets High” begins with No’s heavily processed voice floating above disjointed synths and noise beds before turning into a crackling, quirky rocker. The next two songs are solid, and the album ends on a high note with “Time + Travel = Time,” another showcase for Dekay’s ferocious drumming.
Loose but focused, Further!! is packed with enough quirk and energy to keep things engaging across its 35-minute length. It took a while for the band to land on its current line-up, and I hope it sticks; these weirdos seem to be on the same wavelength, and they’re all clearly having a good time on this record.
You can also check out the band’s new music video for “Dog Gets High,” which features imagery bizarre enough to live up to the song itself: