The Pillbugs describe themselves as the most "psychedelic band in the world." A quintet from Toledo, OH, the band's music is reminiscent of The Beatles circa 1967, complete with sitars, drones and sweeping guitar riffs. The Pillbugs' new album, Monclovia, sounds like it's from another time, but not at all dated. It's a heartfelt effort paying a respectable homage to classic rock and psychedelia.
Monclovia is a compilation of music from The Pillbugs' 10 years together. But it includes two entirely new songs. "Here's to the End of Time" features a sitar riff right out of the George Harrison catalog, and a thumping, McCartney-esque bassline. The warm tenor of Pillbugs singer Mark Mikel could be mistaken for John Lennon. It's an intentional and fitting tribute.
The band has been through a lot in its decade together. Bassist Mark Kelley was diagnosed with a rare lung cancer in 1999. The band soldiered on. Kelley, although unable to talk, can still play bass.
Monclovia marks The Pillbugs' first release on Rainbow Quartz records and they are hoping for another release in Summer 2008. The Pillbugs have a strong fan base in Toledo, OH, but have yet to tour. They hope to launch their first one soon.