JEREMIAH SAND 'Lift It Down'
The story of Jeremiah Sands is one of legend: A cult leader moves to California, brings his followers (The Children of the New Dawn) and takes over a recording studio to make his possessed psychedelic masterpiece. After the cult breaks down in hallucinogenic and cocaine-fueled chaos in the mid-1970s, and strange disappearances start happening in town, Jeremiah and his right-hand man Brother Swann flea in the middle of the night, instructing the studio owner, at gunpoint, to put the master tapes in a lockbox and await their return. They are never seen again... In 2018 the studio burned in the California wildfires and a box is discovered with a 50-year-old album, artwork and a short film. What's almost as astonishing as this story is how incredible the record is. The music in 'Lift It Down' is the manifestation of a sinister religious energy and a psychotically inflated ego but it is also an enchanted time capsule from one of music's greatest era's and the outcome if a whole community dedicating their lives to its creation.