“The inspiration for Underground Overground came straight from the dancefloors of the festivals, parties and clubs of Cape Town,” said Anton. The five-track collection contains musical influences from punk, hip hop and electro to country and disco.
“It is a culmination of the work we’ve done over the last three years, and represents where we are musically as far as psy-trance is concerned,” said Gareth. “This EP is a fusion of many things celebrating the psy culture and music.”
“We did an EP rather than an album, as albums simply aren’t selling anymore,” continued Anton. “The idea behind it is that we’ll follow up with more tracks for free download from our website.”
Both classically trained musicians the EP has elements of live guitar as well as other instruments. “We’re always experimenting,” said Anton. “We try out new things and hopefully succeed in keeping things fresh, interesting and challenging to what people may consider the norm.
“With each track we explored different territories and drew our inspiration from different musical references.” The five tracks are dancefloor friendly tunes on the cutting edge of psy-trance. The music is as varied as the influences, from the title track, ‘Overground Underground’; a deep, trippy tribute to dancefloor culture, to the electro rock romp that’s ‘Dr Rockit’, and to Dinosaur Blood, a remix of psychedelic bass rap group, PHfat’s track of the same name. “We’re big fans of PHfat,” added Anton.
Overground Underground is the latest offering from this dynamic pair. The Commercial Hippies have toured the world with their original sound, from their well-received debut album ‘If You Can’t Stand the Heat Get Out of the Chai Kitchen’ (Nano Records), to their second album ‘From Beyond’ (Nano Records). And this latest in the psy stable won’t disappoint.
The psy-trance duo has a busy season ahead with tours in both Brazil and Australia planned, and of course they’ll be rocking dancefloors in South Africa.