THE LOONS: Memories Have Faces LP


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The Loons of Southern California have been playing their uniquely original brand of psychedelic garage and freakbeat for more than 25 years. With Memories Have Faces they’ve created their most impressive batch of songs to date, along with an intense version of the Pretty Things‘ “Cries from the Midnight Circus.” The Loons keep growing, learning, creating, evolving but never compromising. Formed in San Diego, The Loons have recorded and released five albums along with a slew of singles, and played gigs in more cities around the world than they can keep count of. They’ve collaborated with original ’60s music icons like Glenn Ross Campbell of The Misunderstood, Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things, Randy Holden of The Sons of Adam and Blue Cheer, and Michael Stuart-Ware of Love. Mike Stax, who also publishes Ugly Things magazine, is the lead singer. Anja Staxplays bass and sings backing vocals. Marc Schroeder and Chris Marsteller play guitars, and Chris Cancelliere is on drums. Mike Stax was already a veteran of several other San Diego bands, including The Crawdaddys and The Tell-Tale Hearts, when he first formed the Loons in 1997. Ebbot Lundberg of The Soundtrack of Our Livesproduced the group’s debut album, Love’s Dead Leaves, released by Get Hip Records in 1998. Anja joined on bass after relocating to California from London, where she’d been playing with The Diaboliks, and Marc Schroeder and Chris Marsteller joined soon afterwards. Chris Cancelliere became the group’s new drummer at the end of 2018.

01. Second Hand Dream
02. High And Lonesome
03. Daffodils Or Despair
04. High Desert Sky
05. Ocean
06. When She Sleeps
07. Cries From The Midnight Circus
08. Memories Have Faces
09. Mixed Up Broken Down Time
10. Candlelight
11. Hollow Men