Linus Pauling Quartet has been melting faces in Houston and across the globe for nearly twenty years now, having formed in 1994 with its members hailing from a variety of TX psych-rock mainstays far before then. In that time they have put out a slew of records that seem to be pretty hard to track down, so the recent announcement of their triple-disc anthology, Assault on the Vault of the Ancient Bonglords, should arrive with delight to fans both new and old. I haven't even detailed the coolest part, though; the collection will be released in a killer Dungeons & Dragons style box set complete with a Linus Pauling Quartet character sheet and a 20-sided die! The down-side is that only a limited run of 50 are being made. We'll keep you posted on when they become available, though maybe not until after we've snagged our copy. We've been given the awesome pleasure of premiering standout track "Drunkest Man", which has one of the best guitar intros I've ever heard for a song, triggering memories of the first episode of The Wonder Years when Kevin and Winnie mourn Winnie's brother dying in Vietnam. Maybe it's just something in the tone that's reminiscent of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky", a track that was ironically enough a going-off-to-war anthem for that period.
Stream: Linus Pauling Quartet - Drunkest Man Assault on the Vault of the Ancient Bonglords is available in limited quantity beginning December 18 via Home Skool Recordz.