Heaven's Gateway Drugs
You Are Heaven's Gateway Drugs
After a year, countless shows, festival dates and a cassette release late last summer, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs have finally given their fans and followers what they’ve been jonesing for: a debut album.
You Are Heaven’s Gateway Drugs is filled with the psychedelic-heavy tunes and pop-leaning melodies you would hope to find on an HGD album. And when you stop and look between the paisley visions and kaleidoscopic hallucinations, what you see are a batch of great psych-pop and rock songs that could pull their weight regardless of genre name tag.
“Radio” opens the album on a cloud of sitar-like guitar and a vocal that hangs somewhere in the middle of the mix before the chorus opens the song into a sunny, yet still oblique field of poppies. “Black Lady” rides on a hefty bass line and solid beat with a buzzing psychedelic charm just under the surface as C. Ray Harvey’s vocals come in to drive this great track into the technicolor sunset.
One of the many great things about Heaven’s Gateway Drugs is the yin and yang of Harvey and Derek Mauger. Both come at a song in their own particular way, yet when they come together like they do in this band, it’s a beautiful thing. Harvey brings a bigger than life presence to his singing. There’s drama and a theatrical urgency in his voice. Mauger comes from more of a gritty, garage rock background that grounds HGD and gives them their rock n’ roll heart. Together these two put HGD somewhere between The Cure and The Troggs. With Eric Frank, Josh Elias and the shaman-like Ben Carr giving the band its backbone and spiritual center, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs become the psychedelic love god that we’ve come to know, love and worship.
Elsewhere on You Are Heaven’s Gateway Drugs there’s “Army Coat,” a groovy little number that would’ve fit right in like green smoke billowing out of a Haight-Ashbury club in 1966. With its slippery riff and Doors-like organ hiding in the background, you can’t help but want to let the music take you where it may. “When You Come” and its sitar sound combines both the best of 60s eastern Indian philosophies and 80s alternative into a massive song and some classic C. Ray emoting. “Where Were You” is classic 60s pop done up the only way HGD know how. “The Late Great Sharon Tate” is a great rocker in the vein of Stone Roses. “Turncoat” ends this excellent debut like Charles Manson doing surf music. It’s dark, groovy and catchy as hell.
What else is there to say about this incredible debut LP from one of Fort Wayne’s (and beyond) best rock n’ roll band? Nothing. The music speaks for itself. Listen closely; for it says, “You are Heaven’s Gateway Drugs.”
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Josh Johnson — Comedy at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $10, (260) 456-7005
Vince Gill — Country at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $39.50-$79.50, 424-5665
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Community Orchestra — Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at Auer Performance Hall, Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., $4-$7, 481-6555
Open Mic Night — Variety at Checkerz Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 489-0286
Scratch N Sniff 2.0 w/1/4 Kit Kurt — Variety at Deer Park Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 6:30-8 p.m., no cover, 432-8966
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Fort Wayne Karaoke — Karaoke at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/TJ — Variety at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 478-5827
Three Rivers Karaoke w/Rob — at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 485-1038
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41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709