Following settlement of The Balkans during the 600s AD, a Serbian Empire persisted throughout the Middle Ages… but then, you know how it goes, some fucker from some place kills some fucker from some other place, and then some place wages war on some other place and the whole world starts shooting their guns and dropping their bombs in response… and the sadness of history permeates the future of land and life, and music.
Perhaps pulling from the more wanton and wistful tendrils of a richly colorful and deeply embedded cultural history, there’s a Serbian band featured on DHR who call themselves the HIGH & DRYs. Their music is psychedelic and they describe it as an “Indie lo-fi homegrown sonic contribution to the global village revolution.”
Contrary to popular misconception, the psychedelic counter culture movement of the late-60s was not a dance shared between the U.S. and the U.K. The consciousness, vibe, energy, artistic expression, and hope which energized that generation traveled the globe. There were psychedelic movements everywhere, leaving behind an endless legacy of fantastic music; from Venezuela to Nigeria, Turkey to Indonesia, Japan to Australia, Italy to Mexico, Greece to Israel… nearly everywhere, because nearly everyone was plugged in.
Today, there’s a renewed psychedelic counterculture music movement taking place in the United States; and the HIGH & DRYs are plugged in more than most of us. What’s more, the whole movement is predominately underground; as in unnourished by the corporate money house, and therefore unknown by the general population, let alone the overseas market. Yet, this way groovin’ band from Serbia knows. In fact, they’re so in tune and making such lovely music alongside the best of ‘em, that we’d like to officially deem the HIGH & DRYs an honorary addition to the Los Angeles, west coast, and greater U.S. underground music scene. But their magic comes to us through the “global village,” within which we’re all brethren, and we’re grateful for at least that.