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Hospital Ships is a rock quartet from Lawrence, Kansas, that began as the solo home project of front man Jordan Geiger, a multi-instrumentalist who’s also spent time in the bands Shearwater and Minus Story. Geiger has an obvious thing for the more pastoral end of the 60s singer-songwriter spectrum, as well as another, equally obvious thing for supremely bonkers psych rock that he shares with Ryan Graveface from Pittsburgh megaweirdos Black Moth Super Rainbow, whose Graveface Records label Hospital Ships is signed to.

Next Tuesday they’ll release Destruction in Yr Soul, the third album under the Hospital Ships name, and the first to be recorded as a full band. It’s eight songs of beautifully messy and ambitiously epic psychedelic pop that occasionally shows hints of shambolic hippie-style country and old-school post-Sunny Day Real Estate emo, a combination that looks terrible on paper but works surprisingly well in Geiger’s hands, and gives the whole enterprise a particularly midwestern feel.

On Sunday night they’ll be in Chicago opening for Tex and the Girls and Seamless Crack at the Empty Bottle for an extremely reasonable three dollars. And if you can’t make it out this time, they’ll be back on June 27 for an in-store at Saki. Hit the jump to check out the megatrippy video for their new single, “Servants.”