The Sonics

Springtime in Barca – Primavera Festival 2008: part one

"We come from very far north of here..." explains one of the cooler-than-anyone-else-here elderly chaps onstage "and in the winter the sun goes away for months... and when the sun comes back we have a party, for 40 years we play this song about it..." - it's a brilliant piece of proto-Spacemen 3 drone psychedelia, and during its ebbs and flows the sun does come out again. Sublime. And then they do one that sounds like Galaxie 500 which is absolutely fucking incredible. Who'd have thought that a bunch of 60-year old Swedes could set the bar so high for the rest of the day?

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