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Psycho Dance Orgy

Battlehooch
Battlehooch

Look around at your next house party. Doesn’t everyone look the same? Isn’t everyone there for the same damn reason? If there’s a band, and they aren’t playing Elliott Smith covers, there’s a good chance everyone’s there to dance. Nothing else. That’s it. Dance.

San Francisco-based Battlehooch may just be the party band to end all party bands. It isn’t always completely dance-tastic — or even upbeat — but there’s something about this brand of psychedelic orchestral rock that makes our toes wanna tap ’til they break.

The main player on this stage is collaborative complexity. Sure, any old one-man producer can take a rabble of noisy, experimental verve and turn it into something half-groovy, but Battlehooch is a six-piece effort. Most groups tap into a creative wavelength together and go from there. With this project, it seems, these guys built their own wavelength from scratch and invited all the world’s eccentricity in to breed. Picture Kevin Barnes forcefully impregnating Menomena while Late of the Pier stands in the corner and laughs.

Touring now in support of their third LP, Hot Lungs, Battlehooch is poised to hybridize this hip, fragmented dance scene. Picture a room full of hipsters, surfers, Claypool freaks, Deadheads, jazz connoisseurs and rolling EDM sweat-slingers. Now picture them actually having fun together. Personal preference doesn’t matter. Venue size doesn’t matter. When these jams break out, it’s a house party for the brain, and that’s all we really need.

Battlehooch plays with Paleons and Egotones 10 pm Friday, Jan. 24, at Luckey’s; $5.