(Sounds of) Kaleidoscope/Kohoutek/Gondola in Baltimore, Friday 3/12
Friday, March 12
Dionysus Restaurant & Lounge
8 E. Preston St., Baltimore
$5 suggested donation
doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
(The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope (Philly phuzzed-out, pheral psych-pop)
Kohoutek (Philly/DC improv skronk woozle, Prophase/Music Fellowship)
Gondola (epic power-trio heaviosity from Philly)
Solar Temple Suicides (Baltimore shoegaze overload)
(The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope
The drumbeats have only been sounding for a few seconds on the leadoff track, "Because I Am Haunted," before a heavily echoed, repetitive guitar riff begins and it turns out that (The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope are sounds rock fans have been listening to for 40 years, starting with the Velvet Underground and continuing with innumerable descendants, in particular the Jesus and Mary Chain. Like that '80s British outfit, Damien C. Taylor and his cohorts love the sound of 1960s guitar-driven pop/rock, but they strip the "pop" part out by avoiding choruses, simplifying melodies, and under-mixing the vocals. (William Ruhlmann, AMG)
Lossless Loss, the second studio album from Mid-Atlantic improv collective Kohoutek, covers most of the dynamic stylistic range Kohoutek is known for: abstract and textural sound, atmospheric rock, harsh noise freakouts, clattering percussion, guitar heroics, and alien electronics congealing to form a multihued psychedelic extravaganza. Recorded deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in September 2007, the five members embarked on a psilocybic twilight journey, and this 44-minute aural excursion is the result. No overdubs and minimal editing create an experience as close as possible to a Kohoutek performance. With longtime core members Scott Verrastro (percussion, flute), Craig Garrett (bass) and Scott Allison (electronics) augmented by Vic Salazar (electric guitar) and Damian Languell (vocals, harmonica, clarinet, didgeridoo, Space Echo), Kohoutek forge their own path in the improv universe, and Lossless Loss is another burning fragment of this fleeting sonic comet.
"People interested in music that defies the pop song convention, music that challenges that part of your brain that lies dormant during most aural experiences, need a band like Kohoutek. This quintet began their wildly meandering journey across the more peripheral realms of free-form psych rock a few years back and from the very beginning they seemed determined to try to cross swathes of interstellar drone, guitar squall and loose, slowly evolving improvisations of drum and bass grooves and squelchy electronics with tapestries of gravitationally flowing darkness. What we get is a sonic bag that is raw, gorgeous, loud, dreamy, dissonant and mystical at the same time, somehow managing to transcend all sorts of seemingly limited genre barriers. Dedicated followers of bands such as the Spacious Mind, SubArachnoid Space and Ash Ra Tempel will for sure want to check these cats out, with a musical s t y l e that at its best rarely goes wrong in the live setting." (Mats Gustafsson)
Philadelphia three-piece blues-influenced psychedelic heaviness over a massive rhythm section. Heavy guitar, heavy bass, heavy drums. Bong voyage!!!
Solar Temple Suicides
"From their sound a bunch of older shoegaze bands come to mind - Loop, Spacemen 3, MBV, etc. These guys have a great sound and I expect we will be hearing more from them in the future." (Mars Needs Guitars)
The band that was to become Solar Temple Suicides convened in the winter of 2008 when Jon Freedlander (Hexspeak) and Scott Chambers (ex-Omega Express) discussed the idea of a new shoegaze project with drummer Michael Coutts (ex-The Last Pig in the Yard). The project set up shop at the late SCarey Studios, a then-new performance art/live music venue and practice space in West Baltimore. SCarey Studios’ spacious, open floorplan and round-robin stage format was more or less perfect for the new band and they were settling in nicely when keyboardist Greg Madison (ex-image_fix) joined the lineup. The complete foursome took on the name Solar Temple Suicides and got back to the business of turning out short, fast, well-crafted and loud shoegaze tracks.