Liverpool Invisible Psych Arkestra #2: ‘Melt’ (California Mix)

Liverpool Invisible Psych Arkestra is back! ‘Melt’ is the second collaboration between Ivan Hell (Dirtblonde, Songs About Death) and Chris Jones (Sunstack Jones).

‘Melt’ is pure Summer! A very psychedelic Summer, like they used to be. Enjoy…

New (old) song: Impermanence

Here’s a new recording. Impermanence. In this world nothing lasts. Everything around you will one day disappear. Everyone you love one day will be all dead. This is not dark. This is not depressing or morbid. This is just a simple fact. This song is about it. Buddhists know this and are pretty cool about it. The modern, western civilization tries to ignore it and watch TV. But in the end, only death remains…

Impermanence is one of the most important concepts for Buddhists, without accepting that everything is transient, you’ll never achieve buddahood. Accepting death and inner peace go hand in hand.

In keeping with this Buddhist  view of the matter, I decided to take John Lennon’s concept of making a song that sounds as if you were sitting at the top of the himalayas…this is my take on it… soaked in reverb and just chilling. The song is really a mantra. Same chords repeated all the way thru, cyclical, like life.

Listen to ‘Lost’ – New 4-Track demo

‘Lost’ is a new demo recorded recently. Very moody… fitting with the drab, wet and depressing spring day  when it was recorded – grayer, wetter and more depressing than spring days are supposed to be!

Features acoustic guitars, keyboard drone and violin bow. Recorded at Ivan Hell’s Red Room studios, as usual.


New Acoustic Demo. (My Mamma Said) Don’t Be Afraid To Be Free

Here’s a new 4-track demo. (My Mamma Said) Don’t Be Afraid To Be Free. Written and recorded by Ivan Hell on his Red Room studio.

I don’t like this anymore / Everything makes me kinda sad / Enemies everywhere I look / All alone, playing on my own / Everyday I get the blues again / Every day I laugh, then I cry / Everyday I try, I try, I try… but my mamma said don’t be afraid to be free…

Imaginary Soundtracks – Listen Up!

I like instrumental music, in particular soundtracks… so it’s pretty fun to create some pieces that I see as “Imaginary Soundtracks”… later on, I find some footage that quite fits with the music… they are quite atmospheric. They’re all 4-track home demos…

Listen to the ones I’ve made so far:




Lucifer Sams, psych band from Liverpool

Ave, Lucifers! Lucifer Sams psych gig at Mello Mello Next Thursday, 13th March

Songs About Death metamorphoses into a full on psychedelic band from one night only! Ivan Hell, Esa Shields, Denis and Jules are… the Lucifer Sams, the most psychedelic of psych bands in Liverpool!

The Lucifer Sams will play a gig at Pete Bentham’s Free Rock & Roll night at Mello Mello cafe, next Thursday 13th March. Expect a wide range of different, psych songs (sung by Ivan and Esa) and long, improvised, feedback drenched jams. Hey man, it will be cool…

Here’s a sample of what to expect – a jam inspired by Pink Floyd’s Interestellar Overdrive:


Liverpool Echo Q&A with Ivan Hell

Here’s the little Q&A the Liverpool Echo did with Songs About Death’s Ivan, ahead of the Liverpool Horror Fest gig at Erics. For info on the gig, please to to the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

Liverpool Echo Q&A with Ivan Hell

Liverpool Echo Q&A with Ivan Hell. CLICK FOR FULL SIZE

Syd Barrett Was my Grandad, coming son to Sound Food & Drink

Psychedelic Music Night in Liverpool…Coming soon!

Syd Barrett Was My Grandad. Well, I wish. Well, well, well, Syd WILL be my, and your, grandad, for one and one night only… at Sound Food & Drink (Duke st. Liverpool)

We’re organizing a night dedicated to the finest psych music from the past, present and future. Expect anything from Soft Machine to Sleepy Sun, Yardbirds, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wooden Shjips, Spacemen3, Love and, of course, lots of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett!

Also, there’ll be a one-off live performance by The Lucifer Sams, playing some truly mind-melting psych music!!!

Add to this 3 projectors blasting psychedelic images, oil lamp lights and best of all, FREE ENTRY… it’s a night you can’t miss, psych people!



Syd Barrett Was my Grandad, coming son to Sound Food & Drink

Syd Barrett Was my Grandad, coming son to Sound Food & Drink