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Thursday, July 21, 2011

13th Floor Elevators from a member of The Syns/Smoke

13th floor elevators

13th Floor Elevators from a member of The Syns/Smoke

I was in a band, called the syns, in the Houston/Galveston area. We later became the band, Smoke.
The first show we played with the elevators was at a catholic high school in Galveston.

We were the typical band of the transition time; Animals, Beatles, Stones. dressed in matching Beatles boots, green suede pants and silk balloon sleeve shirts.

I saw the Elevators set up, and looked at them and their equipment. their equipment was trashed, but different than the usual stuff everybody played. It was the first time I saw an echoplex. the band was not very friendly, but i did talk to Roky at bit since he seemed approachable. He said he sang lead when he remembered to. I liked him.

After we played, I went over to watch their set. in one hour, the way I looked at life changed, and the way i looked at music changed. I'm serious, I think they did most of Psychedelic Sounds plus their usual copy stuff. When I got back on stage for the 2nd set, I told the band that was the last time I'm wearing any of this mod shit. They looked at me in such a way that I knew we were now in separate worlds.

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