Weird and Woozy: Black Moth Super Rainbow In Madison

The music collective known as Black Moth Super Rainbow will be playing at the Majestic Theatre September 9, 2011. Somewhere in between sugary pop and experimental wooziness, BMSR’s psychedelic tendencies have been catching the attention of some big names in the music industry. After landing opening slots for the Flaming Lips and Aesop Rock, as well as some high profile shows at SXSW, the cult of BMSR has grown exponentially since the release of their critically acclaimed Dandelion Gum in 2007.

The band’s brand of trippy electronica oozes and drifts aimlessly, with melodies that worm their way slowly to the center of the brain, swirling along with warm analog synthesizers, gently plucked acoustic guitars and rolling bass lines that when added together create layered, off-kilter psychedelic pop songs. Along the top of the mix floats the lead singer Tobacco’s voice, which is mostly processed through a Vocoder and sounds like a pleasantly crooning robot. The rest of the band, Seven Fields of Aphelion, Ryan Graveface, and Iffernaut fill out the outfit’s tone, which comes across almost as organic as it is synthesized due to the group’s love affair with the now ancient technology of Mellotrons and Rhodes pianos.

The Pennsylvania band’s members have been known to keep mostly to themselves, citing that their personalities on stage shouldn’t conflict with the music and visual artwork being presented. During live concerts and interviews, they frequently wear masks and avoid pictures from the press.  Fittingly, BMSR recorded Dandelion Gum sequestered away in a cabin deep in the Pennsylvanian woods, far from the prying eyes of the communication age where Tobacco and crew bashed on ancient electronic keyboards until their machines gave their last dying squeals. Citing influences of the nature that surrounded them, the band made music that has been said to imitate the feeling of the title of their 2005 EP Lost, Picking Flowers in the Woods.

For their next release, BMSR stepped out of the wilderness, teaming up with the unofficial “fifth Flaming Lip” super-producer Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Weezer, Sleater-Kinney, Low) who manned the boards for their latest release, 2009’s Eating Us.  The newer sound emerged polished and expansive, adding depth, clarity and rhythm to the already candy-sweet electronica. Deeper bass lines and complex orchestration colored to the record, layering darkness on top of the already sugarcoated melodies.

In slightly more recent news, Wayne Cohen of The Flaming Lips announced an upcoming four song collaboration with BMSR that is said to be released sometime in the near future.   But best of all, the group will be stopping in Madison at the Majestic early this September on what they’ve dubbed a “pre-game” tour for a new album tentatively named Psychic Love Damage that is scheduled for release early this fall. Dates are still hazy for the release, but the blog chatter and excitement are growing for the upcoming album.  Come see and hear why on Friday, September 9 at the Majestic Theatre!  Tickets here

-Peter Allen

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