Taking their cues from the Detroit militancy of The MC5, the corrupting output of The Stooges and the gospel according to The Cramps, Thee Hypnotics’ devastating brand of rock’n’roll was propelled by near punishing decibel levels and a fervor bordering on the evangelical.
Blazing a devastating trail of high-octane thrills and annihilation, Thee Hypnotics occupied a bizarre hinterland that sat somewhere between the British neo-psychedelic scene of the late 80s and the detonation of garage-influenced rock from the Pacific northwest of the early 90s. Little wonder that a band that shone so bright would burn out before the end of the century.
“Thee Hypnotics brought the house down with their Stooges-like raw power, singer Jim Jones prowling like a feral Rob Tyner-meets-Jerry-Lee and backed by a cut-price Heartbreakers build around flamboyant guitarist Ray Hanson.” (Mojo 4 stars, 2018)
“Thee Hypnotics care only for their own generic past and frenetic present. The future doesn’t even get a look in… forget regression, this is reincarnation! Past, present and future!” (Melody Maker, 1989)
The 2011 Shindig! Quarterly #1 Epic Interview
A Quietus Interview - Thee Hypnotics And The Breakthrough Album That Never Was
With 1993’s The Very Crystal Speed Machine set to get its first UK release as part of their Righteously Remastered box set, reunited rock & roll preachers Thee Hypnotics tell Julian Marszalek about the album that should have made them but instead wore them down