Welsh space rock cosmonauts Sendelica are one those bands who sound as though they’ve been around forever (and I mean that in a good way), direct descendants of a lineage that stretches from Hawkwind to the Ozric Tentacles, and then travels even further out still.
Certainly their Fruits de Mer output has presented us with some of the mightiest slabs of vinyl in the entire catalog, beginning with their leviathan first single, and progressing on through “Evil Woman” on A Phase We’re Going Through and Hawkwind’s “Urban Guerilla” on Roqueting Through Space.
And digging deeper into the band’s catalog reveals that, for Sendelica, even the term “space rock” only begins to sum up the journey they are taking.
Guitarist Pete Bingham talks us through the band’s career.
GM: You have an impressive back catalog for a band that has only been around since 2006.
PB: After a few self financed releases, we released three albums through R.A.I.G.: Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind (2007), The Girl From The Future Who Lit Up The Sky With Golden Worlds (2009) and Streamedeica She Sighed as She Hit Rewind on the Dream Mangler Remote (2010). The last few years have seen vinyl releases on Fruits De Mer, and CD releases on the French label Falling Down Records and the UK label FRG.
GM: Great titles! And your latest releases continues that tradition... The Satori In Elegance of the Majestic Stonegazer... The Kaleidoscopic Kat and its Autoscopic Ego... Plus there’s your contribution to the Strange Fish collections.... Tell us about that.
PB: Well, Strangefishone was originally incepted in Boston, USA in 2008 while we were touring the East Cost, and had stuff added to it in the UK. It has garnered a few reviews the last few months. Our brand new Kaleidoscopic Kat album is also gathering momentum.
GM: What are Sendelica's musical influences... or just the kind of stuff you like?
PB: I'm not sure we have a main influence.... we have a great love of kraut rock, sixties and seventies psychedelia/prog, seventies disco, movie soundtracks..... but also lots of modern stuff like Sigur Ros, Massive Attack, AMT, I like to thing we bring a few twists and turns to a lot of those genres to bring something new and fresh
GM: When it comes to covers versions, is there anything particular you look for in a song that you think "that could be one of ours"?
PB: For us there is one golden rule.... make it something new, give it a twist, take it somewhere it has not gone before.
A prodigious writer, fierce music lover and longtime record collector, Dave Thompson is the author of over 100 books, including Goldmine’s “Standard Catalog of American Records 1950-1990, 8th Edition” as well as Goldmine’s “Record Album Price Guide 7th Edition , both of which are published via Krause Publications and are available at www.krausebooks.com