September 2013 National Music Reviews

Reviews: Turn Me On Dead Man – We Are The Star People

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Turn Me On Dead Man
We Are The Star People
Alternative Tentacles
Street: 07.09
Turn Me On Dead Man = The Flaming Lips (circa Soft Bulletin) + The Dandy Warhols
When it comes to the current psych revivalist scene, you have the natural musicians and the thespian musicians. By thespian, I mean those who put too little effort in their music and too much effort into sounding (and looking) “trippy.” This includes—unfortunately—Turn Me On Dead Man. The new age mysticism concepts on We Are The Star People comes off as too contrived, the riffs are too cut-and-dried (especially when paired with the band’s Marc Bolan and George Harrison influences) and the lyrics sound like drivel spewed from a smug yuppie backpacking in India. Beneath this, however, is a modicum of true talent. The vocals are good, the arrangement works in some areas, and there’s a lot of potential to be had. Guys, it’s okay if you really don’t like Allen Ginsberg—nobody cares. –Gregory Gerulat