US - California - Full Moon 64 - 12/30/01
An American artist that mentions Motorpsycho and Dipsomaniacs as important influences.
Remarkable, unlikely? Guess that's understandable, but then Nick Bensen of San Francisco isn't
the average American artist. Being brought up on Beatles from the age of 2, and getting his
weekly dose of contemporary psych-rock early on, he definitely has the prime background to
record interesting music.
No Resistance is Bensen's second full-length. Psychedelic Juggernaut released
last year didn't quite get the reception it asked/called for, but hopefully this will change with
the release of this new freak-out acid-psych album. The album is a mix of numerous different styles,
but the main focus is on freak-out rock. Compared to Bensen's previous effort, Psychedelic
Juggernaut, this album is less synth-based, more rock and also has got stronger songs. The
titletrack and "Great Burst Of Clarity" are definitely among the better psych gems you will hear
this year, and Bensen proves to us that he masters the skills of both songwriting and recording
techniques to the fullest. We even get a couple of songs with hit-potential this time, if music
like this can produce hits. At least the songs stick to mind more often than not. It will be
exciting to follow Bensen in the future. My bet is that we'll all be in for a treat and several
sonic surprises in the future. Fans of acid psych take notice.
The album is available at indie stores, and on-line shops (such as
Eclipse, CD Baby, or
Swamp Room). You can also contact
Nick in person.
Copyright © 2001 Karl Morten Dahl