Musically and spiritually, the Cynics draw inspiration from great R&B-influenced pre-psychedelic Brits such as the Yardbirds, the Small Faces and Van Morrison's Them, although the long shadow cast by American garage-psych legends the 13th Floor Elevators cannot be denied. The band covers the Elevators' classic "She Lives (in a Time of Her Own)" on the new record, and singer Michael Kastelic's voice on the album-ending "Shine" is so similar to that of Elevators' singer Roky Erickson that you can't help but double-check the liner notes. The fact that the truly great Cynics are not better known outside of the rather insular garage community is a scandal. With any luck, your mandatory presence at the Duck Room this Saturday night will be a first step toward correcting this oversight.
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