Exciting rocker “From Beyond” comes from Indiana-based band Hex Smokers. Noted influences Roky Erickson and The Stooges suggest a strong rock sound steeped in both suaveness and ample energy, and “From Beyond” does not disappoint in those aspects. The track manages to show the band’s various strengths in under three minutes. A steady rhythmic backbone is a constant, with flashes of organs and guitars alongside the vocals — which range from verse-laden suaveness to multi-layered climactic passion in the chorus. “From Beyond” shows Hex Smokers as fully capable of crafting no-frills rock ‘n’ roll with a memorable melodic pull.
“From Beyond” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2020’ Spotify playlist.