From Beyond are otherworldly and ominous. The music on their stellar full-length debut The Band From Beyond lives up to the implications of the Austin, Texas band's moniker. Sonically, the quartet gracefully resemble an orchestra of Kyuss, Soundgarden, and Rush, as if they were conducted by John Carpenter. With their debut, the band wanted to do something that was steeped in psychedelic horror. They did so by fusing movie elements from the late '60s and early '70s.
"Films like Simon King of the Witches, Psychomania, and the work of Coffin Joe come to mind. At the same time, I love the scores for Escape from New York and Halloween. I got really into that sparse and minimal approach to synthesis. I wanted to bring those elements to music inspired by Queens of the Stone Age, Sleep, and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft," frontman Rob McCarthy explains.
In order to capture that combination, the band hunkered down in an Austin studio with The Sword bassist Bryan Richie in the producer's chair. Over the course of seven days, they tracked the 14 songs comprising The Band From Beyond, utilizing everything from guitars to vintage analog synths and mellotron. Lead single "The Slip" rolls forward full steam ahead, powered by a rollicking riff and hypnotic howl. It's colored by a swell of spacey synths and culminates in a powerful chant.