Crystal Syphon

Crystal SyphonCrystal Syphon, one of the greatest “lost” groups of the West Coast psych scene, came together in Merced, California in 1965. Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, it’s imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week.

The band entertained offers from various labels during their existence, but as they insisted on complete artistic control and ownership of their music, no deals were struck.

For a 2012 interview with the members visit:

See our Boogeyman page for further reading on the band that grew out of Crystal Syphon.

Update Sept 2013 – The band are rehearsing again after 44 years and back playing live and they sound great, really great! Check out this video on Youtube. Some classic bands that you see, you hope will be cool, but they don’t have all the original guys or don’t rehearse hard enough or something, and the sound just isn’t what you want it to be but the Syphon are right on the money, the vocals even, full harmonies, sweet. If you get the chance to see the band live, defo do so!
They have a new website too:

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

Now, some 44 years after its creation, Roaratorio is proud to make the music of Crystal Syphon available for the first time ever. Drawn from studio tracks, rehearsal tapes and a live recording from the Fillmore West, Family Evil is released in an edition of 500 copies

Crystal Syphon

  • Marcy Your Eyes
  • Have More of Everything
  • Fuzzy & Jose
  • Family Evil
  • Are You Dead Yet