Holy Rolling Empire will build their psychedelic-rock empire from the ground up, literally. Three of the five Tucson, Arizona emperors worked in construction while recording their full-length debut album, Gigantis. The other two make a living as bartenders, so you know in their kingdom they will serve up wickedly good rock and roll cocktails.
The band, formerly known as The Crowd, signed to indie label Burning House Records after touring up and down the West Coast in support of their self-released six-song EP, Secret Serpents. The band started work on their debut and what resulted is an album full of intricate, polished songs influenced by psychedelia and the classic rock of the '60 and '70s, but with modern pop riffs and melodies.
Their leadoff single "Bi-Polar Bear Mania" has been described as sounding Beatles-esque. The lyrics are all over the place, which makes sense with the title. My favorite quip from the should-be hit: "I am not convinced. There's a hole in the wall where the camera's rolling. They've got film of everyone," which basically describes the mania in a post-1984, post-Patriot Act, "Big Brother" America.
There's never a dull moment on Gigantis, which sounds promising for anyone who heads down to Silver Moon to catch the band on Tuesday night. Each song on the album is part of an awesome, shake-the-house party. If it's any indicator Holy Rolling Empire is sure to serve up psychedelic concoctions that may just help establish Bend as a corner of their rock and roll empire. Try not to spill your Heffe while bouncing along to songs like "If You Can't Beat It" and "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things."
Holy Rolling Empire
9pm Tuesday, July 28. Silver Moon Brewery. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.