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NUKLI

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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NUKLI were a festival band in the style of OZRIC TENTACLES but were vastly overlooked as they never released any album until after their break-up. They sprang out of a space-punk outfit formed in the early 80's by an eccentric London guitarist, a psychedelic visionary known as "PSi Steve". Like many of their peers, they became known mainly by word of mouth and through casettes they sold at gigs. At various festivals, they performed long improvised electronic psychedelic music that incorporated many influences ranging from space rock to raggae, drawing on the sense of freedom and creativity that made the festival scene so vibrant and refreshing. They went through several personnel changes, kicked around a lot, even supported OZRIC TENTACLES at the Rock Garden in 1989. By the early 90's, however, the English Criminal Justice Bill had all but destroyed free festivals, leaving bands like NUKLI no place to rehearse or record. When their keyboard player had his entire equipment robbed twice, he decided to quit and emigrated to Canada; the band thus simply called it a day.

Their sole album consists of archival material retrieved from 8-track tapes. After much coming and going between the UK and Canada for the keyboard player's input, the tapes were remastered by Delirium Records and a CD released under the title "The Time Factory" in 1997. The album consists of mind-melting funkadelic space prog with influences from HAWKWIND, GONG, Steve HILLAGE and early PORCUPINE TREE, with lots of trippy effects, sound gimmicks and good jamming. Take away HAWKWIND's heavy-metal overtones, add some FLOYDian influences, a little less Middle-Eastern flavour than OZRIC's plus a vocalist, and you'll get an idea of what NUKLI sound like. The production, gimmicks and vocals are not all perfect but the album is definitely worth checking out if you're into the festival/jam band scene.

Recommended to fans of MAGIC MUSHROOM BAND, HERE AND NOW, OROONIES, ULLULATORS, WEBCORE, MANDRAGORA and of course, OZRIC TENTACLES.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

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Psychelektra Trip Projekta
1983
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Side Effects
1986
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Number Nine
1988
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At Last!
1989
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Book of Changes
1990
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Mushroom Bungalow Musick
1993
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The Time Factory
1997

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Return of the Festival Band
2004

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 The Time Factory by NUKLI album cover Studio Album, 1997
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Nukli Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars Totally ignored British prog rock band that surfaced in the 1980s free-festival scene, the same scene that spawned the OZRIC TENTACLES. Like the OZRICS, NUKLI released a series of privately issued cassettes in the 1980s, and it was only in 1997 that any of their material ever made it on CD with "The Time Factory", released on Delerium Records, same label PORCUPINE TREE used to be on. OZRIC TENTACLES and PORCUPINE TREE are now widely known by many, NUKLI basically slipped through the cracks. The band apparently had lineup changes (they were even known to have OZRIC members like Roly Wynne and "Generator" John as guests - not to be confused with the other John, John Egan the flute player) but on "The Time Factory", the lineup was guitarist/vocalist Kev Hegan, bassist Mark Huxley, keyboardist Eric Pavlyak, and drummer Colin Wareham.

The music on this CD tends to be rather lengthy, with two 17 minute cuts, a couple of nine minute cuts, and one short three minute experimental piece. How to describe their music? Well I hear some elements of traditional symphonic prog, with some Steve HILLAGE, HAWKWIND, and OZRICS (but unlike the OZRICS, there are vocals, and Kev Hegan sounds surprisingly like Dave Brock, especially on "Inner Days"). For some weird reason, the band loved including snippets of movies and television programs in their music, don't ask me, because I think they overuse that. Ocassionally you hear some Middle Eastern influences (something common with the OZRICS).

"Book of Changes" starts off quasi-HAWKWIND, but there are some almost PINK FLOYD-like passages as well. "Inner Days" sounds a whole lot like HAWKWIND but without the heavy metal guitar licks. You can almost swear Dave Brock was singing this song, but as mentioned, it was Kev Hegan. Somewhere you hear excerpts from movies and television programs, including what sounds like something from the 1950s where a kid was saying "Last night, we were listening to space music" and his mother said, "Space music?" and you even hear a clip from Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke where Tommy Chong says, "Oh Wow Man" (because of the dog [&*!#] joint he was given, if I'm not mistakened). "Spiral Dance" is a guitar-dominated piece that most resembles Hillage, while "The Inner Spectrum" is a short experimental piece that leads in to the final cut, "Pscychelektra Trip Sequence". There are a couple passages that feature some rather '80s sounding synthesizers I can live without, but for the most part, the synths you hear are VCS-3-like synth bubbles. Aside from the overuse of movie and television program snippets (although I did like the inclusion of Cheech and Chong and the "Space Music" stuff), this is truly a wonderful and hidden gem of prog rock, and if you can find the CD, get it.

My rating: 4 1/2 stars

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