Album Cover
Tear Your Minds Wide Open!
The Galileo 7
Released: Nov 10, 2017
Label: Damaged Goods
Track Listing
1 Cold-Hearted Stowaway
2 One Lie At A Time
3 Mystery Train
4 Too Much Choice
5 The Mask
6 Live For Yesterday
7 You Tear My Mind Wide Open
8 The God of Gaps
9 The Habit Machine
10 Everything Keeps Coming Round Again
11 Your Face Tomorrow
12 Nobody Knows Anything
13 The Girl In the Glass Case - Beta Version (CD ONLY)

Liner Notes

300 copies limited edition, vinyl + CD (complete album plus extra track) + download.

RELEASE DATE: 10th November 2017


Medway garage-psych at its finest!
Limited to 300 vinyl copies with free CD featuring an exclusive extra track!

Prior perception is a right nause, especially when it comes to The Galileo 7. This Kentish quartet have now been kicking out keen psych-pop nuggets since 2010, over the course of four albums and several 45s, but vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Allan Crockford's illustrious past and parallel present, as bassist with a roll call of the greatest British bands of the past 30+ years – The Prisoners, The James Taylor Quartet, The Prime Movers, The Solarflares, Graham Day & The Forefathers – seems to have, weirdly, done 'em no favours. And in an age when peeps of a certain age are going goo-goo googly-eyed over the XTC back catalogue, rediscovering all manner of 60s psych-pop and garage treats, and lionising such moderne combos as Thee Oh Sees and Tame Impala, that the Galileo 7 haven’t reaped comparable plaudits seems just plain stoopid...

French rock’n’roll maven Phillippe Migrenne, the former manager of Jesse ‘Hammersmith Gorillas’ Hector AND Tav Falco, is a hard fella to impress and he recently asked whether I’d seen the Galileo 7, as he caught ‘em by chance in Paris and had been blown away – “I mean,” he said, “there aren’t many bands who can casually knock off a brilliant version of ‘Astonomy Domine’…” That should give you some idea of Allan’s six-string prowess, and what’s more he’s got the vox and songwriting chops to go with it. Of course, moving from bass to centre stage is really just completing the circle, Allan having initially been the embryonic Prisoners’ guitarist, with Graham Day holding down the bottom end, and he also played six-string with Johnny & The Bandits, Goodchilde and The Stabilisers.

But enough of this after-the-fact justification, tossing the weight of pedigree aside, and hearing the Galileo 7 with fresh lugs, they’re a hell of a combo. This, their fifth album (counting the scorching “Live-o-Graphic” set), sounds like the work of a quartet of twenty-somethings – it’s high-energy, psychedelic garage rock’n’roll, replete with catchy, memorable tunes, seriously gnarly guitar, darkly humourous lyrics, four-part harmonies, Viv’s searing organ, Paul’s pin-point bass work and gloriously crash, bang, wallop drums, in a Keith Moon meets Thom Mooney (The Nazz) vein. The latter comes courtesy of longtime Galileo 7 bassist Mole (Embrooks / Higher State / State Records), whose shift to the drum seat has really kicked everything up a notch – his dynamite sticksmanship and stellar backing vox really bring out the best in the band – from the kinetic opener, “Cold Hearted Stowaway”, to the vinyl album’s elegiac closing track, “Nobody Knows Anything”, they’re firing on all cylinders.

And everything sounds fantastic, too, clear yet punchy as hell, thanks to a typically trad Medway approach to recording, albeit informed by new technology. Everything was recorded live to eight-track in rehearsal, playing as a band, then overdubbed at home, in Allan and Viv’s cellar studio, which even boasts its own Hammond (“And it’s never coming up out of there!” he says), meaning that the album sounds exactly as intended – maximum impact, not too glossy and undeniably exciting. It stands should-to-shoulder with such footlong Medway classics as The Prisoners’ “The Last Forefathers” and The Milkshakes’ “After School Session” – it’s just SO RIGHT!

The expanded musical possibilities provided by that DIY recording process and Mole’s move to the drums are exemplified by the CD-only ‘bonus’ track, the ten-minute “The Girl In The Glass Case (Beta Version)”, a wild-assed, totally live jam marrying Allan’s careening guitar with a solemnly-told tale based upon the sleeve notes that he was asked to pen for fellow Kentish travellers The Senior Service’s debut album, which is also available on Damaged Goods. “I wrote a short story which was too long to use as sleeve notes,” Allan explains, “I thought of The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Gift’, so we recorded a one-take jam and Viv’s sister-in-law happens to be a voiceover artist, so she was perfect to narrate it.” But not only did said walloping, ten-minute musical rampage bequeath one track, Allan also used portions of it to fashion the album closer, proper: “‘Nobody Knows Anything’ was created from the first three or four minutes of the jam,” he confirms, “and I wrote a song on top of it…”

Characteristically, although he’s justifiably proud of the album, Allan’s also too damn modest, commenting of the recording process that, “A lot of it is luck, just as much as judgment,” and, concerning his top-notch tunesmithery, quipping, “I thought it was a black art, writing songs, until I was about 43.” Well, for longtime fans of the uniquely sussed bands who appeared from the Kentish Delta, seemingly as if by magic, when British music all-but-sucked in the early 1980s, this album sounds as fresh and exciting as you’d hope. For those fans of 1960s psych, beat and garage who, mystifyingly, haven’t investigated The Galileo 7 until now, fuck me, you’re in for a helluva treat! 

Joss Hutton
B-Side the A-Side
Sally’s Cafe,
August 2017



"It’s glorious"
"...The Galileo 7 are well into their stride now. Their sound is one of tight turmoil, of well-regulated riotousness. It’s rather spectacular." [Read More...]
.."colourful, madcap, thrilling, and quite some trip."
Record Collector
If anything, it's a summation built from collective memory, the bits of the psychedelic 60's and the power pop of its 70's comedown that we recall in kaleidoscopic vibrancy but probably wasn't quite like this. Not a pastiche, but everything we want a past era to have been: colourful, madcap, thrilling, and quite some trip. [Read More...]
Fabulous songs....
Instant Party
Great vocals, ace harmonies, fab punchy guitars, and Small Faces-esque organs. Oh, and some of the best drumming I’ve heard in ages! [Read More...]
"..driving freakbeat sound"
Harmonic Distortion
Fans of The Move, The Small Faces, The Who, Blossom Toes, The Creation, The Fleurs de Lys and the like will find much to love here. It's that mod-into-psych sound of 1966 but made now! Crunchy and crashing guitar chords, genuinely memorable melodic songwriting bolstered by organ chords and a truly special rhythm section. Crockford's knack of songwriting shows no sign of diminishing either, he still turns out cracking songs. [Read More...]
"the record is a joy from start to finish."
Rock 'n' Reel
"The resultant sound is astounding as fat, Townshend-style chords and rattling Moonesque drums blast forth on a set of crisp pop-psych gems, laced with trickling Hammond fills and 'Bus Stop' harmonies." [Read More...]
This music is all about passion, ideas and communication....You’d be a fool to miss it !
Fear and Loathing Fanzine
It’s unashamedly catchy, upbeat ‘Pop’ as it ought to be, full of great melodies and the kind of Sixties-style sounds that never seem to age. Squeeky organ, pounding drum beats and fuzzed-up guitar riffs compete for space with the dreamy vocal style. [Read More...]
Many can do this, few can do it well, The Galileo 7 have mastered the genre.
Medway would appear to be centre of all things Psych Pop at the moment. The storming amount of great mid to late 60's Pop that blasts out of Kent lately is vastly encouraging. Tear Your Minds Wide Open! is splendid Organ driven Psych Pop. [Read More...]
"...extra-ordinary songs"
Voix de Garage
"The sound of this record is powerful, generous and warm like never before. And the songs sound like classics of the best eras in the history of Pop and Rock." [Read More...]
Kosmik Orgon Kanister
"This is Medwaypsychedelicgaragesound with organ of the very best - the best backward progress one can imagine. Superb!" [Read More...]
" effervescent, day-glo delight"
Tear Your Minds Wide Open! is an effervescent, day-glo delight, 12 tracks of galloping tunesmithery that barely pauses for breath as it barrels along with windmilling guitars and thumping drums that recall dear old Keith Moon at his most propulsive. [Read More...]
"Did the bands hear a lot of The Who during the recording ?!"
Tracks Magazin
Did the bands hear a lot of The Who during the recording ?! [Read More...]
"...the songs are where it’s really at...these are classy tunes, rendered superbly. "
i-94 Bar
"But before you go go all retro and reach for your Creation box set, give “Tear Your Minds Wide Open” a considered listen; not many current acts sound this fresh while mining such a well-prospected shaft. It’s all in the songs and the unassuming production. No volume wars or polishing of turds here. It's uncomplicated and assured. " [Read More...]
"...not a single dud in the bunch"
There are great retro gems all over this album, fans of similar “Rainbow Quartz” styled bands like The Above or The Grip Weeds will love this. Highly Recommended. [Read More...]
"a raw and raucous beast of an album"
Retro Man Blog
"despite the occasional reference points they are really difficult to categorize and there's no doubting the band are very much an exciting and contemporary sounding outfit. The Galileo 7 are challenging our preconceptions and stretching the boundaries far beyond the garage with their inventive Psych Pop nuggets." [Read More...]
"...a total blast and essential listening for any fan of 1960s Psych, Beat and Garage Rock"
Thee Psychedelicatessen Blogspot
2With a mix of great taste and cool influences from some fantastic bands, The Galileo 7 have taken the best of mid 60s British Psych Pop and put their own stamp on it, it’s a cracking little record." [Read More...]
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