Studio Verse is a Tomorrow’s Verse feature that collects the best television and radio station recording sessions from our favorite musicians.
In today’s edition, we explore a collection of psychedelic rock and jam sessions that have surfaced recently.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – KEXP
Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released five album last year, giving them plenty of material for this 30-minute live set at KEXP. Performing in front of a small audience, the band rips through eight songs, including five from the “Altered Beast” and “Alter Me” series. Further evidence that King Gizzard are one of the best live bands out there right now, this is everything you could want from a studio session.
Ghost Light – Live In The Studio
Featuring Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton, Ghost Light is one of the most promising up-and-coming acts to carry the jam band torch onward. This eight-minute instrumental jam released from the studio is everything fans would expect from the two, combining inventive improvisation and incredible musicianship to create a stunning whole.
Spafford – Acoustic at Paste Studio NYC
Though Spafford opted for an acoustic format in this session, they didn’t let it limit them in any way. Performing three songs over the course of 25 minutes, the band still digs deep into “Lucky Man,” stretching the track out considerably. A great chance to witness the essence of these guys’ skill, the acoustic session also features brief interviews.
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – KEXP
Promoting their collaborative album Whole Lotta Sea Lice, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile brought their band by KEXP to perform four songs. Thought relying heavily on the two performers’ skilled guitar playing, it’s the songwriting that truly drives this session.
Fruition – eTown Sessions
In recent years, Fruition have truly proved themselves as one of the great live rock bands out there today, mixing influences of folk, roots, jam bands and psych into a creative whole. Their sessions for eTown show just how well they perform together, packing their talent into each song performed.