To coincide with their forthcoming tour, Sand Pebbles have released their second single, the Hell Broth & Bubble remix version of single Dark Magic. The wait is almost over for interstate punters. These Melbourne flower-punk luminaries  will embark on a national tour next month to launch their acclaimed new album Dark Magic in Canberra, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and Hobart.

On the back of supporting Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham, the Sand Pebbles launched Dark Magic in Melbourne not once, but twice due to popular demand. Out now on Dot Dash / Remote Control, Dark Magic is Sand Pebbles’ fifth studio album and features contributions from Dean Wareham himself, along with Britta Phillips (Luna), Tim Holmes (Death In Vegas), Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized) and Malcolm McDowell.

When Wes Holland joined the Sand Pebbles a couple of years ago at the age of 18, Andrew Tanner had just turned 50. The band quickly realised they ran a unique age gamut: a member born in each decade in the history of rock ’n’ roll – 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Far from disowning this unique fact, they decided to use it to inform their next album. The result, Dark Magic, speaks from many minds and many times. It’s hypnotic, cosmic, kinetic and freewheeling.

The Sand Pebbles are singer-guitarist Tor Larsen, guitarist Ben Michael, bassist Christopher Hollow, singer-guitarist Andrew Tanner and drummer Wes Holland.

Sand Pebbles’ founder/guitarist Ben Michael X answers a few pertinent questions…

Sand Pebbles are… An Australian underground band that combines the freak elements of true psych rock with the intensity of post-punk and the blissful transcendent drones of shoegaze.  We are flower punks.

We take inspiration from… Harold and Maude. The Tree Of Life and Thin Red Line and Days Of Heaven and Badlands. Hemingway. Sam Peckinpah, Breaking Bad. Mid-60s suits. Faye Dunaway. Fast Times At Ridgmont High, camping in the desert, BMX, surfing, West Indian cricket team of the 70s and 80s, Joseph Campbell and the power of myths (we are trickster gods in case you’re wondering), Spacemen 3, disco, Deliverance (book and film) and the new dried mushroom caps that are floating around.

Our new album is… Dark Magic. Folk beauty, angry guitar, a sense of losing your head and doing something stupid. The perfect soundtrack to summer.

It might surprise people to learn that… We range in age from 21 to 52.

You should catch us on our forthcoming Australian tour because… We are an incredible live band who understand how to jam with intent. Through the beauty of repetition you will transcend. You will float and you will open your eyes at the end of the show and suddenly realise you’ve been on an incredible trip, time has stood still and your life has changed. Sand Pebbles are a good trips band.

Listen to the new single… Dark Magic (The Hell-Broth & Bubble single mix)

The Sand Pebbles play the Byron Brewery on Friday with special guests Black Cab and locals The Windy Hills, with surf film projections by Andrew Kidman.