That was my introduction, via a fellow attendee, to what to expect from Herbcraft, and I’d say his summary was accurate. This set at Mercury Lounge found the band edging away from their more Eastern-tinged work toward a more straight-up psychedelic rock vibe. That said, these four songs, three of them played in a seamless sequence, were still far out. As with many emerging artists, Herbcraft began as a one-man band in a bedroom, with Matt Lajoie making compositions on his own, but in the intervening half-decade, it has become much more. The band’s organic style, evidenced on five previous releases including their most recent, The Astral Body Electric, translated easily in the live setting, where the band could expand its horizons even further. Herbcraft came straight at us, with screaming guitars and heavily distorted, almost ritualistic vocals, sometimes impossible to distinguish from the surges from the guitars. What struck me most, as this half hour of awesome ended, was the sense of momentum of the work; Lajoie and the band started somewhere, experimented wildly along the way, but got us to our destination. A place that, once we arrived, we didn’t even know we would end up.
New Endless Caverns cassette Colour Breathing, with silkscreened cover art by Max Clotfelter, ltd. to 100 on Eiderdown Records. Stream/DL/order at the above link.
"Endless Caverns is the solo vehicle for Mr. Matt Lajoie, ringleader of Maine’s glorious interplanetary ensemble, Herbcraft. Lajoie invites you to a stripped down living room vibe on Colour Breathing as his guitar tunes up your chakras. An amazing, intimate listen, great for those late night zones." -Eiderdown Records
Joining the Golden Road on bass for all California dates of MV & EE’s FUZZ ODYSSEY fall tour (including the Woodsist Festival in Big Sur), plus Herbcraft’s West Coast debut in San Francisco September 21st!