Tom Hayes 28-April-2001 Cykle

In the late 60's there were hundreds of bands from every corner of the United States playing a mean sound known as garage rock or psychedelic punk. Cykle were but one of many of these. Hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cykle released their self-titled sole album in 1969. Like many bands of the era, Cykle received no response from the majors and decided to do a private pressing hoping to catch their attention. No doubt the album struggled to get out of North Carolina! As such, today the album is very expensive as there very few copies to be had.

Cykle were a tough guy act, with mean fuzz tone guitar and a punky Mick Jagger-like frontman. Most of the tunes are in the two- to three-minute range and feature lots of 'tude. One highlight for the band was the inclusion of organ which gave the band a more melodic side. The last two tracks are the standouts. The four minute "Do My Thing" and the 7 1/2 minute "What You Do To Me", display more creative songwriting and allow for more diverse instrumentation such as piano and organ solos. Overall, a nice curious piece for psych collectors though nothing extraordinary.

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