November 24th 1965 – A group of musicians named the Lingsmen entered a bar called the Jade Room in Austin, Texas to observe a residency performance by a local band named the Spades. Fronted by a spirited and charismatic singer named Roky Erickson, the Spades front man was invited to come back to the Lingsmen’s jam space.
The newcomer was a perfect fit, the missing required ingredient of a new musical revolution. On November 24th 1965, Roky Erickson, Stacy Sutherland, Benny Thurman, John Ike Walton and Tommy Hall formed a group that would come to be known as the 13th Floor Elevators and the genre of psychedelic music was born. Overall, t’s been a real roller coaster ride.
Thanks to 13th Floor Elevators writer/historian Paul Drummond for the research. Check out his book Eye Mind, A History of the 13th Floor Elevators, a highly recommended read for any music fan or psych enthusiast.
A Love That’s Sound is named in homage to this group of visionaries. Cheers to 50 more years of Psychedelia and then some. Remember, the Kingdom of Heaven is within you.