The second album from Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Heaters dropped August 5th via Beyond Beyond is Beyond. Baptistina happens to be the name of an asteroid hanging out in space with potential to wreak a lot of havoc. And like the album’s namesake, the tunes are a big spacey form of rock. From start to finish Baptistina rips. It’s hard-hitting and surreal with heavy influence from George Harrison to Ty Segall and a splash of Marc Bolan.
Baptistina is very easy to immerse yourself into. It’ll suck you right in and take you on a cosmic journey whether you’re ready or not. Andrew Tamlyn, Nolan Krebs and Joshua Korf created one hell of a psychedelic spectacle on their second release with sheer rawness and ferocity. From the opener, “Centennial,” taking start as a psyched out fuzzy tune fit with jangly guitars and upbeat drums to the epic craze of “Garden Eater” lined with cultish chants and schizoid vibes, you’re always kept engaged.
“Ara Pacis” is wild and swirly, a pretty delirious tune that makes you feel as if like you’ve just dropped acid and are about to embark on a very important journey. “Elephant Tuner” sounds like a pretty straight up garage rock song with drippy reverbed out vocals and prominent guitars. “Mango” is a rad garage pop tune with spacey elements and bright drums.
It’s made extremely clear throughout Baptistina that each member of Heaters must eat reverb for breakfast because it is always present. But I can dig it. And although it is heavy at times and the lyrics tend to be distorted and tough to decipher it still moves you.
The album is a spacey, dirty, messy, warm compilation of a psychedelic landscape that will draw itself out in your mind, each listen painting a different picture. Prepare to boogie down and thrash wildly while you’re listening to this record and get ready to feel wavy.
You can pick up a copy of Baptistina now and check out Heaters on tour.