28 January 2009
Bachs are Black Allison (bass guitar, lead vocal), John Babioz (percussion), Mike De Haven (guitar), Ben Harrison (lead guitar) and John Peterman (guitar, lead vocals).
Their Phenomenal album with its sophisticated lyrics and well arranged music is legendary amongst 60's Garage fans. This is one of the TOP local 60's Garage Lp s along with "The Rising Storm", "The Savages", "Bent Wind", "The Contents Are" and "The Mystery Meat".
Only 150 copies of this record were pressed and originals occasionally sell on Ebay for thousands of dollars.
The band members came from the Chicago suburbs.
"The Bachs" existed for 3 years performing at school dances, teen clubs and private parties up and down the Chicago North shore and surrounding suburbs (usually making $150-200 a night).
All of the songs were written by "Blake Allison" and "John Peterman" and the "Out Of Bachs" was released privately in 1968.
After the release of the "Out Of Bachs" the band members decided to retire from a career in music and thought it was best to move on with their lives.
"Tables Of Grass Fields" is the one classic on the record that anyone into Garage Psychedelic sounds must hear.
Tables was an imaginative, bold song for the time and has an excellent no-nonsense intro and some great Psychedelic era lyrics.
But "The Bachs" deliver throughout the whole album and raw Garage numbers like the blistering "Minister to a Mind Diseased" (listen to the unhinged, mind melting guitar solo) are mixed with jangle Folk-Rock downers.
"Diversity" only makes a great album even better and most fans usually cite the middle-third of the "Out Of Bachs" as one of the seminal highlights in Garage Rock history.
i>"Answer To Yesterday, Nevermore, Free Fall", and "My Independence Day" are all superb as well and really dig deep down inside to produce dark Folk-Rock from suburbia Chicago.
"You're Mine" opened the album, and is a hard rocker in a classic Garage sense and definitely a solid example of Prep Rock.
The last track, "I'm a Little Boy", shows the band expanding their horizons into the world of Psychedelia with wads of feedback and hideously sloppy vocals.
Special thanks to: Patrick the Lama and M. Alario