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(Angkor Wat is) thick, swallow-you-up type psych.
Shiva & The Hazards are no opening band, but a force to be reckoned with. A poptastic psychedelic force at that.
Finishing on catchy new single Angkor Wat, they presented as experienced-yet-new.
With the crowd at the Astor Theatre packing in early, Melbourne psych-rockers Shiva And The Hazards warmed the crowd up for the main event with a set of suitably atmospheric psychedelic rock tunes. With a sound that comes across at times like an amalgam of The Verve and Kula Shaker, songs like ‘East India Empress’ and their most recent single ‘Angkor Wat’ showcased a wash of ’60s tinged psychedelic rock that perfectly set the tone of the evening.
Their set was front-loaded with Britpop rockers, but their music became interesting when they indulged in psychedelic freak-outs. New single ‘Angkor Wat’ stood out, filled with Jet O’Rourke’s echoing guitars and strong grooves that impressed the crowd.
Angkor Wat bodes well for an outfit who is resolutely taking the U.K alt rock baton with both hands and are ready to run their own race as firm favourites for Australia’s next greatest export.
Melbourne psych-rockers Shiva and the Hazards have dropped an acid-laced, space traveller in Angkor Wat.
With swirling moments lingering between Verve and The Stone Roses, Shiva And The Hazards have produced a ripping track of Madchester and ‘90s Britpop soaked in psychedelic grooves.
They’ve offered up something special to behold with their glorious new single Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat has an effortless feel to it as guitars spark and head skyward on chemtrails and the rhythm section tumbles and spirals onward into the ether.
Angkor Wat stays true to the shoegaze, dreamy psych sound. The track is lush, and coming in at just under four minutes, it makes it super easy to listen to over and over.
(Angkor Wat) is a sharp new cut which seems to be holding the long standing britpop torch aloft, while making excellent use of the upcoming band’s zesty delivery.
Angkor Wat is a laid back breezy tune with tight grooves and intricate guitar lines as Shiva and the Hazards venture into their psychedelic hued sound. The smooth melody glides effortlessly upon a busy backdrop of steady drums and weaving bass lines while the sublime guitar pirouettes and zealously stings creating a lonesome rich atmosphere. These wonderful guitar lines create depth and character as they flurry twinkle and crash throughout the track. ‘Angkor Wat’ is a sophisticated track and a sublime new addition to Shiva and the Hazards’ collection.
New single Angkor Wat has such a string Brit Pop vibe to it that puts them next to fellow Australian bands DMA’s and Planet.
(East India Empress is) a dreamy psych expanse.
It’s ambitious, mesmerising, and full of noise. Love that total shift in pace at 1:18 mins and at about 3 mins in. Bands like The Verve and DMA’s seep through this.
Impressive stuff and a real Brit Pop tinge... a cracking debut single.
All in all they created here a psychedelic and dreamy masterpiece which keeps you even more excited the more you listen to it.
It’s a groove-laden journey to the outer reaches of one’s mind. An expansive track that somehow still manages to run under four minutes, it luxuriates in a few different moods and time changes, with soaring psych-rock vocals that make for one very enjoyable carpet ride.
Draws upon influences like Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead, while retaining a modern sound likened to Tame Impala with a slight Brit rock feel.
On a par with the likes of Temples, Tame Impala and the Verve.””Musically textured, “East India Empress” transcends a psychedelic, dream-pop and shoegazing haze which effortlessly stream and manoeuvre against the mesh of descending riffs and bouncing beats. It’s a majestic and voyeuristic song which races, drones, hammers and crashes, shedding old skin before reaching its climatic destination.
Featuring a sound which has its roots in bluesy psychedelia, fuzzed out shoegaze and classic British rock melodies, Shiva And The Hazards are definitely ones not to miss.
Melodies such as East India Empress reveal a great balance between dissonant noise-pop and catchy chord progressions
This band are a fantastic mixture of styles - psychedelia and crashing rock and roll and they have some fascinating influences. They also have the rare ability to be able to make things happen spontaneously, without needing to have everything mapped out beforehand - there is no safety-net here... As a result, these songs are full of real dynamic and great rushes of energy.
Their psych -rock is powerful, energetic and intense, though never violent : the mind travels territories desolate, remote and dispersed, relaxing completely.””East India Empress knows how to win those present, with his mesmerising performance and the guitars full of adrenaline. In a little more than forty minutes the Australians prove to have good potential and be a band to keep an eye on in the coming months.