Tuesday, February 20, 2007

SXSW Artist Spotlight: Black Moth Super Rainbow

Black Moth Super Rainbow are a quintet from Pittsburgh who create their own unique psychedelic sound through the use of analog instrumentation, lo-fi synthesized backbeats and heavy doses of vocoder. Their 2004 release Start A People is a fuzzed-out trip in the guise of electro-pop, and they'll be back in 2007 with the release of a new album. Titled Dandelion Gum and being released on May 15 via Graveface Records, the band says the album is "about witches who make candy deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania."
Via Graveface: Hailing from the creepiest of states, this 5 piece junk band grew up watching “321 Contact” and “The Letter People Show” and has found a way into my listening routine on a daily basis for several years. They say their primary focus is turning their childhood memories into songs and feel much more at home playing music in the woods or an old barn than an electro club.

Via SXSW: Black Moth Super Rainbow has been around since 2002 and became the 5-member band that it is today in 2003. Located in Pittsburgh, PA, BMSR does not really take part in any local music scene and has somewhat of an enigmatic reputation. The 5 members consist of a drummer, bassist, vocoder vocalist/novatron (mellotron-like instrument) player, rhodes player, monosynth player, and an occassional 6th person on gong. The music is made with all analog instruments and sounds something like happy fuzzy pop and extremely psychedelic krautrock. The songs are written from a folk perspective so the music never feels overly electronic and never sterile. Though previously not an extensive touring band, they have played at the personal request of bands like The Black Angels and Of Montreal.

You might recall seeing Black Moth Super Rainbow's name around quite a bit in 2006 following the release of their collabo with the Octopus Project on The House Of Apples & Eyeballs. If this is your first introduction, there are a few song files from various releases listed below for your aural pleasure. Use of headphones is recommended.

from Start A People

Black Moth Super Rainbow - "I Am the Alphabet"
Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Trees and Colors and Wizards"
Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Vietcaterpillar"

from Dandelion Gum (May 5, 2007)

Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Forever Heavy"
Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Sun Lips"

from The House Of Apples & Eyeballs

BMSR/Octopus Project - Psychic Swelling


There will be three opportunities to catch BMSR at SXSW:

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 @ Blender Balcony at the Ritz
1:00 a.m., Graveface Showcase

Friday, March 16, 2007 @ Bella Blue
Graveface/Peekaboo Records day party

Saturday, March 17, 2007 @ Elysium
10:00 p.m., Fanatic Showcase
(BMSR + Octopus Project as one band)

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