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Psychedelic Horseshit

Someone should seriously kill the term "shitgaze" — but it's not going to be these guys. Given the scatological name and the release of their 2009 Woodsist Records release, Shitgaze Anthems, it's clear that they embrace the designation. In 2008, Psychedelic Horseshit was part of an MTV2 mini-documentary about lo-fi punk with other bands (No Age, Times New Viking, Tyvek and Jay Reatard) who shared a similar aesthetic: pop music with heavy doses of grit and unrefined exuberance coupled with unfettered creative freedom — not to mention recording techniques that seem so unprofessional they have to be intentional. Once you get past the rough edges, or perhaps come to like them, the fun-loving garage rock of Psychedelic Horseshit sounds like the pure, unfiltered spirit of rock and roll.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.