The band hails from Belgium, five piece band lead by Stef and Yolanda Flaming husband and wife. A progressive rock outfit that lean towards psychedelic rock. A combination of Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and a whole lot of Murky Red. The vocals remind me a bit of Nick Cave. Old school music of high quality.
Favorite track: She's Crying Diamonds.
The title is characteristic of the wonder that our second album has finally arrived. The change of the band's line-up, serious illnesses, the loss of loved ones, victims of fraud, financial and relational barriers ... It seemed like The Murkies were cursed by the devil (although we paid him, the bloody twat. Wise lesson kids, never trust a devil).
The making of 'No Pocus Without Hocus' was no walk in the park, but thanks to dedication, patience (for us and also for our fans), friendship, and a bit of sorcery, we returned with an album we're all proud of.
The meaning of the album title is a variation of 'no gain, no pain'. That reflects on the making of the album, but also on daily life. Sometimes you need a little magic to help you through the daily struggle. But that doesn't mean we made a pitch-black, sad album. It's a laugh and a tear. The songs are about the normal things that happen in your life; you hallucinate a bit, you discuss world problems with your cat, you get horny, you can't sleep, you penetrate a mermaid with a fish stick ... in fact, this is the perfect soundtrack for your life! We know our listeners!
Musically, we stole all the best parts of Deep Floyd, The Black Doors, Led Sabbath, and Dennie Christian, but you wouldn't know it if I didn't tell you. They endured the Murky treatment: we put them all in a big black cauldron, added 4 cans of blues sauce, and spiced it with prog-herbs. We stirred it all up and let it simmer for about 2 years. The end result smells funny but it sounds just like Murky Red doing a cover of a Murky Red tribute band.
CD Features Different Versions From Original Digital Release Of:
Stoned & Horny
A Wooden Groove
Nothing Can Go Wrong
She's Crying Diamonds
Re-Mastered: Colin Tench
12. I Came A Long Way - Live (CD ONLY BONUS TRACK)
13. Dromedaric Expansion (CD ONLY BONUS TRACK)
14. Galadriel Orchestral Version (CD ONLY BONUS TRACK)
supported by 5 fans who also own “No Pocus Without Hocus (Special Edition)”
To me, "Trip The Life Fantastic" was a must-buy on "Bandcamp Friday" this time. It's one of the few "Drifting Sun" albums not already found in my collection, and an essential one, because it marks the beginning of the prolific collaboration of composer/keyboardist Pat Sanders and lyricist/singer Peter Falconer, which was, in my opinion, the best creative pairing the band ever had. Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)