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Sunflower Sessions

by Red Plastic Buddha

A psychedelic band that uses texture, dynamics and a strong sense of songwriting and arrangement to permanently alter the minds of its audience members.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Forget Me Not
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2. Rollercoaster
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3. Clouds
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4. Kerosene
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5. Over and Over
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6. Gingerbread Pornography
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Album Notes
Weaving melodies that swirl like the images inside a kaleidoscope, Chicago’s Red Plastic Buddha have crafted an amazing psychedelic debut. The songs on Sunflower Sessions very nearly drip with lysergic influence, and although you'll hear Barrett’s Pink Floyd, Love, the Soft Machine and the 13th Floor Elevators, the Red Plastic Buddha bring a new level of energy and excitement to the genre.

Unabashed studio fiends, the Red Plastic Buddha spent 18 months at Strobe Recording patiently recording this release. The result is a gleaming silver spaceship of sound, bursting at the seams with light and energy.

Chicago Tribune, WNPR's Sound Opinions – Greg Kot
"I'm really digging The Red Plastic Buddha."

Defy Domestication - Trevor Dye
"Creating spacey psychedelic music is a difficult craft. The guys of RPB, however, accomplish this beautifully by taking the groove to all the right places.

... Sunflower Sessions, the debut from Red Plastic Buddha, is sure to spread far beyond the burgeoning psychedelic underground."

Indie Music Stop - CW Ross
"painted landscapes of layered sounds provided by the guitars, keyboards, and percussion parts all intertwined with vocal harmonies that take you back to the carefree spirit of an earlier time".

Roctober Magazine –

"Large, magnificent, powerful rock that defies pigeonholes"

Muzikman Reviews - Keith Hannaleck
"I think bands like The Red Plastic Buddha will help launch psychedelic music's reemergence and you will see teenagers all over the world picking up guitars and putting together bands like they did when this music first became popular. "

Foxy Digitalis - Mike Wood

Chicago's Red Plastic Buddha has a big sound that just feels right. Their garage rock aesthetic, as evidenced on their 2007 debut "Sunflower Sessions" (Spade Kitty), pays homage to the past yet refuses to be tied to their heroes.

There is passion here, with the added fuel of smart hooks, wry lyrics and a fat bottom (courtesy of David Kling on drums) that anchors the power pop riffage. You'll hear retro-organ, psych freak-out, and sweet melodies in every tune."

Daydream Generation – Steven Smalls

"Great band name? Check. Songs that sound like they were written in the 1960s? Check. A big modern production that put the songs in a frame they deserve? Check. Psychedelic enough? Check. Rock & Roll enough? Most definitely check. Pop enough? Probably definitely checkmate. It almost seems too good to be really true."

Indie Music Round Up - Jon Sobel
"Like a Peter Max painting come to life, Red Plastic Buddha comes in colors. With semi-spastic guitar solos that bring to mind early Jefferson Airplane, keyboard parts that very vaguely suggest Ray Manzarek and the Doors, and vocals that range from an intense scream to a distant call, they've really got the flavors down. "

"It's a pretty sweet 33 minutes of dark, retrograde flower power. "

Pop Culture Press – Charlie Sands

"Sunflower Sessions is a fine calling card, signaling a promising band to watch."

Online Rock – Kris Larson
"as soon as the first track came on, I was, for want of a better word, grooving. It's really your only option when you listen to this album. You've got all the important bits: the faintly exotic guitar, the Doors-style keyboard, the seemingly-improvisational song endings that go on for days, and that swelling vibe. Do you know what I mean? That feeling that only sixties music gives me, like something's building up in your chest as the song works up to its conclusion.

"Come on and let it happen to you," croons the lead singer, Timothy Ferguson. "You've gotta open up your mind and let everything flow through." Point taken, boys. And let's be honest: you had me at 'come on.'

Radio KRUD / Hype Machine - Dave Rival
"As soon as I started playing the first track off of their album Sunflower Sessions, I knew that entire CD was going to be an incredible listening experience."


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Whirling,swirling and pulsating like any psychedelia worth its weight in windowpanes, The Red Plastic Buddha weaves memories of the dreamy, moody and driving psychedelic sounds of the '60s and '70s with their own personal touches for a very enjoyable and trippy blend.

Their CD, "Sunflower Sessions", opens with "Forget Me Not", a chunk of psychedelic punk. Pugnacious guitar work sets the song on fire as lyrics of desperation are defiantly flung at the listener. Tears of rage not easily forgotten.
In "Rollercoaster" a sunglasses-clad, beret-wearing carnival barker hipster with a lava lamp wristwatch standing outside a coffeehouse that's wrapped in Peter Max snake charmer music urges you to come take a ride on the rollercoaster, "Come on! Let it happen to you!"
Like "Clouds", the next offering, the RPB encircle, swirl and fold into themselves. Beautiful and tough.
"Kerosene"---This one singes. A lovelorn lament told in the incinerating tones of a lysergic lullaby. Diane Arbus and Joan of Arc at the Teddy Bear's Picnic.
"Over and Over" delivers dreamy reconsiderations riding waves of repetition and regret. Over and over, over and over...again.
"Gingerbread Pornography" is my personal favorite. Driving, urgent, head-banging psychedelia with some very cool keyboard work.

Red Plastic Buddha, my friends, will surely awaken something within you. Good buy.


From the opening moments of this CD, Red Plastic Buddha serve notice that they have arrived. An insistant guitar that buzzes like a swarm of hornets, a half screamed count in 'one, two, three, FOUR' and Red Plastic Buddha slams into your consciousness like a psychedelic freight train. Awesome guitar hooks and a catchy as hell chorus are the backbone for the opening song Forget Me Not, but this burst of sunlight is just a set up for the darkness that follows in Rollercoaster. Like a trip gone wrong, these guys capture the sinister feeling that things have suddenly gone wrong and there just might not be a way back to shore. But then comes the payoff of Clouds, a swirling sonic exploration, complete with beautiful vocal harmonies, walls of organ, piano and absolutely AMAZING guitar (I think there's even a sitar in there at one point). 'All in its season, for all has a reason'. A beautiful end to an amazing song / journey.

And suddenly I get what they're up to. Having experienced halleucenogens in my college days, I think I can safely say that the Red Plastic Buddha have walked that inner path as well, taking copious notes along the way. They manage to capture both the absolute euphoria and beauty as well as the harrowing nature of the dark side, and have put the experience to sound. They're wise enough to alternate the experiences so the listener doesn't get too high or low at any one point.

The musicianship is first rate throughout and the sound is absolutely huge. Although there's less than 34 minutes of music here, Red Plastic Buddha pack an amazing listening experience into such a compact package. Kind of like a sugar cube ...

Wow. These guys are smart.