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by Tol-Puddle Martyrs

Authentic Sixties Psychedelic, Garage Pop/Rock from iconic Australian Sixties Underground band the Tol-Puddle Martyrs. Songs with meaningful and at times hard cutting lyrics, reflective, memorable melodies, linked by strong infectious riffs.
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1. Psych-out USA
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2. Into My Life
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3. Is There Someone There?
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4. So I Walked
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5. Thinkin' 'Bout You
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6. Who's That Knockin'?
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7. Point of View
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8. Social Cell
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9. The Window
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10. A Long Story Short
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11. The Better Cause
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12. Chapel & Vine
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Album Notes

How refreshing to come across an album of original songs celebrating the universal appeal of uncomplicated, infectious pop.

Let's hear it for the Tol-Puddle Martyrs who since their birth in 1966 have steadfastly followed the path laid by British bands of the mid 60's.

Fronted by original singer/keyboardist songwriter Peter Rechter who collaborated on these songs with guitarist Graham McCoy, this quartet of seasoned musicians unashamedly refer to The Kinks with their Ray Davies inspired guitar intro to 'Thinking 'Bout You', The Zombies ('The Window'), George Harrison (his slide guitar sound bobs up on 'Point Of View'). They make a left turn on 'The Better Cause', the kettle drum/electric guitar intro morphing into a reggae beat while on the album's closer the Beatle-esque ballad 'Chapel And Vine' the band tip their hat to 'Strawberry Fields Forever' before a George Martin inspired finale.
This is toe-tapping, melodic, thoroughly enjoyable pop rock, timeless in its appeal.

Billy Pinnell. One of Australia's most respected Rock Historian and Musicologists.

The Tol-Puddle Martyrs “Psych-Out USA” (self-released)
Beverly Paterson “Lance Monthly” April 1 2007: Tol-Puddle Martyrs "Psych-Out USA" (self-released)

“Wrapped tight with choppy keyboard noodlings, infectious melodies and vibrant singing that owes a tip of the cap to both Ray Davies and Elvis Costello, ‘Psych-Out USA’ is a full on masterpiece.”

The Tol-Puddle Martyrs were one of the very best Australian bands of the sixties. From the socially conscious commentaries of cuts such as "Time Will Come" and "Social Cell" to the light and airy pop fare of "Love Your Life," the legendary combo, who acquired loads of regional acclaim, not only boasted a boss sound, but were guided by the disciplined song-craft skills of lead singer and keyboardist Peter Rechter. Although Peter is the lone original member of the recently reformed Tol-Puddle Martyrs, the rest of the band, which includes lead guitarist and vocalist Graham McCoy, bassist Michael Harold and drummer Ian Langford, share the same vision and values responsible for making the group so special all those years ago.

Operating under the twin influences of vintage garage rock and power popping new wave, The Tol-Puddle Martyrs bring these two genres together in a novel yet completely accessible way on "Psych-Out USA." Pronounced by a penetrating riff you won't soon forget, the title track of the album further adds a brooding psychedelic touch to the proceedings. Kicking off to the blistering beat of military styled drumming, "The Better Cause" continues to march on to a hard hitting repertoire of concise instrumentation and high energy action, while "A Long Story Short" follows a similar course with its throbbing patterns and sturdy structures.

Simple but effective, "Thinkin' "Bout You!" shuffles back and forth with chugging chords lifted straight from the early Kinks, and then there's "Into My Life," which nicks the main hook of The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" and mixes it up in a tasty brew smacking of the sort of arty blues stuff The Rolling Stones were doing during their "Aftermath" and "Between The Buttons" days. Spiky motions get the motor running on "Who's That Knockin'?" before culminating into a stirring swirl of fluid guitar work. Wrapped tight with choppy keyboard noodlings, infectious melodies and vibrant singing that owes a tip of the cap to both Ray Davies and Elvis Costello, "Psych-Out USA" is a full on masterpiece. Optimistic lyrics, coupled with an immediate intimacy are also core assets of The Tol-Puddle Martyrs. The band is currently seeking a record label to distribute "Psych-Out USA," and judging from this great collection of songs, they should have no problem securing a contract.

Beverly Paterson Rock Columnists Lance Monthly/Twist & Shake.

Psych-Out USA
(Secret Deals)

Time seems to have stood still for the Tol-Puddle Martyrs. The who??? you ask. If you didn’t grow up in Australia you might be forgiven if the name doesn’t quite roll off your tongue. Then again, anyone who recalls the psychedelic sounds of the late ‘60s or the groundbreaking Brit pop fronted by the Kinks, the Zombies and various other like-minded icons of that earlier era, will find the Tol-Puddle Martyrs’ music refreshingly familiar. From the opening surge of the title track -- a veritable cosmic flashback that could only have been culled from an album by a band that might bear a name like the Strawberry Alarm Clock -- it’s apparent that the Tol-Puddle Martyrs have seized on some hallucinogenic nostalgia and turned it potent in the present tense. Original keyboard player and vocalist Peter Rechter and guitarist/vocalist Graham McCoy share the writing duties, creating echoes of the band’s seminal mid ‘60s incarnation. The twisting rhythms of “Into My Life” and the Kinks-like riffing of “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” provide an instant embrace, while the more cosmic meanderings of “The Window” and “A Long Story Short” add a pensive perspective. No matter that the Tol-Puddle Martyrs hail from across the sea; their affable and accessible pop presence speaks to a universal groove.
-- Lee Zimmerman
Miami South Florida/Entertainment News & Views

The Tol-Puddle Martyrs "Psych-Out USA" has been selected at #5 in Blitz Magazines Best New CDs of 2007.

Blitz - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People
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3). Live At B.B. King Blues Club - The Yardbirds (Favored Nations)
4). When The Village Was Green - The Highwaymen (Highwaymen)
6). Cambria Hotel - Peter Tork And Shoe Suede Blues (CD Baby)
7). Jukebox - Randy Bachman And Burton Cummings (Sony/BMG)
8). Here We Are - The Cynics (Get Hip)
9). African Tapestry - Four Jacks And A Jill (J&J)
10). Dirt Farmer - Levon Helm (Dirt Farmer Music)
11). Duets: An American Classic - Tony Bennett (Columbia)
12). High School Musical 2 - Soundtrack (Disney)
13). The Bluegrass Diaries - Jim Lauderdale (Yep Roc)
14). Back To Black - Amy Winehouse (Universal Republic)
15). Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus (Disney)
16). Nonetheless Blue - The Resonars (Get Hip)
17). Moodring - Third Of Never (Jam)
18). Is It Now? - The Doughboys (RAM)
19). Memory Almost Full - Paul McCartney (Hear Music)
20). Jazz Thing II - Randy Bachman And New Guitar Summit (Ranbach)



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Lyn Nuttall - Researcher and writer of 'Where Did They Get That

Fresh sounds in a familiar genre
I first heard Peter Rechter and the Martyrs many years ago, but 'Psych-out USA' doesn't come across as a nostalgic revisiting of the sixties. Peter has written fresh songs that happen to be in the genre he knows best, but in the end it's the musicality that shines through, in the compositions, arrangements and performances. 'Chapel And Vine', for example, is a great song in the sixties idiom, but I immediately liked it on its own merits. True, 'Social Cell' is an old song, but it's a tribute to the music surrounding it that it fits in seamlessly (I'd defy a first listener to spot it!). In fact, this collection works well as an album, so you can lay off the Random Play button and listen to it as a program. So many other attempts at revisiting the sounds of the sixties come off as lightweight imitations, even parodies, but these songs have an integrity of their own, never mind the genre.

Ken Morrison

A breath of fresh air for your pop sensibilities!
Well, I had a long day in the car yesterday. 500 miles. And I had two albums with me - Paul McCartney's new one and this one by Tol-Puddle Martyrs.
The verdict? Both albums are fantastic! Which is a pure delight, obviously. I had good expectations for both of them, of course, but both were way better than I had hoped! And "Psyche Out USA" has the added advantage that I can use the artwork to hypnotise people with!! Handy!!
Anyway - enough of the McCartney album. That can take care of itself. To the point in hand...
Yep - I genuinely love this new Tol-Puddle Martyrs album! There's nothing not to like!
Stand out tracks? Well actually, that's the amazing thing - and I know this sounds like a cop out, but there are no weak tracks at all on this! Nor is there anything weak about the playing. The band starts of as tight as a gnat's sphincter, and stays that way throughout. Every note is spot on , both instrumentally and vocally. This is a band who know their way round their instruments, as well as round the studio. The production is excellent.
The title track is brilliant, of course. Certainly an immediate fave! Probably the obvious lead single track (if such a thing still happens!) It sets the mood for the album really, with a sound that would be totally at home in any of the past five decades (including this one). In fact make that the past 6 decades, as there's even a hint of Buddy Holly in Peter Rechter's unerring vocal style.
"Into My Life" Love this too. The second of many perfect pop songs in this set.
Damn! I realise I'm just going to be saying this about all 12 tracks! So I'll precis!
"Chapel And Vine" is great, of course. I found myself singing along to it in my best John Lennon voice! Yes - brilliantly Beatlesy! Superb!
The song before that "The Better Cause" was an instant favourite too. I'm a sucker for those military marching rhythms. Compliments to the drummer on this one, as throughout.
Love the riff and the stop-startiness on "Social Cell". And again on "The Window." Then there's this organ riffing on "A Long Story Short". Can't work out that riff! I love things where the chords go someplace I don't quite expect! The quirkiness of this one reminds me of the Stranglers slightly. Probably because of the forementioned organ playing.
"Psyche Out USA" starts off on a high with the title track and never comes down right through to the final notes as the train disappears at the end of "Chapel And Vine."
I know I'm going to be listening to this album for a very long time, and I'm extremely pleased to possess it. It's an Australian masterpiece. Congratulations to Tol-Puddle Martyrs!

Sean Hutton

The Best Garage / Psych Album Of Our Time !
Let me get straight to the point : The song " PSYCH-OUT USA " could easily be included on any of the 3 NUGGETS box sets , which means among the greatest garage-rock songs ever recorded .This song sounds like the theme song from coolest psychedelic-era film that never was . The Tol-Puddle Martyrs might have even upstaged the Chocolate Watchband , Standells and Strawberry Alarm Clock in a scene of flashing colors , beyond-cool hipsters and mod-clad groovy chicks ! But .... this ain't all about retro , as this should-be-hit isn't an emulation of some 60's song - it's an equal to the champions who grace albums like NUGGETS ! completely original , yet in the same league . The amazing thing about this entire album is that its super-hip , super-fun and at the same time has an undercurrent of spirituality at the same time . The lyrics express warmth and hope without pretension to catchy tunes that rock and rock hard .
Other faves include the mod / soul / psych groover " IS THERE SOMEONE THERE ? " which is a hip-shaking gem that should be mandatory play for any club dj worth his/her northern soul collection , The hard-pop of " INTO MY LIFE " ,
and the garage-guitar crunch of " THINKIN' BOUT YOU " which sounds like The Small Faces with a better singer . This album has it all : razor-sharp guitar , super-tight bass and drums , colorful keyboards and Peter Rechter's excellent vocals which convey at times a warmth and compassion and at other times a swaggering attitude that would make Jagger proud !
For all Psych , Garage and Rock And Roll fans - THIS IS A MUST ! ! !

Tom 'Ketchfish' Inglis

Worth the wait!
I'm 'psych'ed. I've been waiting for this cd and just from the clips, I know it'll be on my playlist for a long time. Now I just have to wait 'til payday to buy it. Great job Peter! I look forward to the next release.

Dana Helmig

These Guys Rock!!!
These guys rock!!! This CD is a must have. Every song is amazing.

Bill Rogers

So GREAT it makes me want to SHOUT!
Pshch-Out USA is top quality goods! Peter and the boys have out done themselves with this rich collection of wonderful songs. From the first sitar-esque notes of the title track, Psych-Out USA to the soulful vibe of Chapel and Vine the Tol-Puddle Martyers take you on a joy ride of sixties style pop. These guys are the real deal! No mistake about it.