This Thursday night, Timmy's Organism and Wand will take the Hi-Tone by storm with two very different brands of psychedelic rock. Recently signed to Third Man Records (run by Jack White), Timmy's Organism have a new record out called Heartless Heathen, and the band played a couple of shows on this tour with two other recent Third Man signees — Wolf Eyes and Video. While Third Man has never followed the rules of a predictable indie label (their discography includes work from Pokey LaFarge and Insane Clown Posse), the recent signing of three truly underground bands did come as a bit of a surprise, even when considering Jack White and Timmy Lampinen (leader of Timmy's Organism) share the hometown of Detroit.
Lampinen has been waving the Detroit freak flag proudly for some time with bands like Clone Defects and Human Eye, but now, thanks to the reach that a label like Third Man has, his mutant space-rock might finally get the attention from the masses that so many of his devout followers believe he deserves.
On the other side of psych-rock is Wand, the Los Angeles-based band that last played Memphis on the heels of a breakout South by Southwest performance this past March. Since then, Wand signed to Drag City and released 1000 Days, their third album of loud, California psych-rock in three years. A lot of the music created by Timmy's Organism relies on the unpredictable, and everything about Wand's layers of noise seems calculated, but while both bands take different approaches to the same genre, rest assured that both sets will be loud.