Saturday, February 21, 2015
The Golden Dawn are an American psychedelic rock band formed in Austin, Texas, in 1966, that broke up and then reformed in the early 2000s.
Taking their name from the esoteric teachings and philosophy of the Hermetic Tradition, this band was formed in Austin in 1967. The 13th Floor Elevators got them a recording contract with International Artists. Indeed, George Kinney and Roky Erickson had grown up together in South Austin, attended the same school and played together in The Fugitives, a garage band from 1964/65. Kinney also played in Chelsea from late 1965 to late 1966 joining The Golden Dawn at the invitation of some high school friends when Chelsea fell apart.
The band released one album, entitled Power Plant, before breaking up soon after the album's release in 1968. Their sound is similar to their well-known Austin contemporaries, The 13th Floor Elevators, and both bands were on the International Artists label. In 2002, Eric Arn from the psyche rock music group, Primordial Undermind, asked George Kinney to reunite the other members of the band and play the Texas psyche fest. Kinney formed a new Golden Dawn and recorded the band's second album, titled Texas Medicine, which came out in 2006. The Golden Dawn play around Austin and Houston, and have been featured at the Austin Psych-fest the last couple of years