H.P. Lovecraft was a band that released 2 studio albums in 67/68 (and 2 others under the name "Lovecraft" In 69 and 75). How can one describe their sound? Well, there certainly are some garageroots in there, and then we have an incredible organ sound that defines the coined expression "Gothic Psych". And all this embraced with superb vocal harmonies.
They bore some Ressemblance to "Jefferson Airplane", But can also be compared to the likes of "It's A Beautiful Day" and "The Doors". Going from their first album with it's harder edge and garage psych to a more orchestrated and flowing second album, with its weird studioeffects and somewhat 'druggier' approach. But really, their sound is quite unique and still after 30 years continues to amaze. A Lovecraft-revival is taking place, and the reason for this in a way is very much the release of a live cd from the Fillmore in '68, When the band was at their absolute best.
George Edwards (rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, lead vocals). He played the guitars, sang and was the Keeper of the keys. Started it all back in the beginning.
David Michaels (keyboards, clarinet, recorder, lead vocals) The golden voice, the man with a 4-octave range. He also played fantastic keyboards. Very skillful. His singing carefully embraced all the Lovecraftian songs.
Tony Cavallari (lead guitar, vocals) The man who played guitar. The heavy riffs came from here. Listen to his awesome guitar work on the Fillmore-album.
Jeffrey Boyan (bass, backing vocals) Blue Jack of Diamonds. He played the bass and did a good background singing to. Had previously played in the other Chicago-act The Shadows of Knight.
Michael Tegza (drums, vocals) The Percussionist. A drummer with freight train apporoach to his instruments. According to a source his playing style was very wild. Like Keith Moons from the Who. The last original member on the later H.P. Lovecraft albums.
And the name? Well, it springs from the American Horror/Fiction-writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937). Songs like "At the Mountains of madness", "The White Ship" and "Keeper of the Keys" shows references to some of Lovecraft's short-stories. (And by the way, Yes, I have The collected writings of the author H.P. Lovecraft. And I really enjoy his short-storys. Whilst listening to a good Lovecraft album of course.)