Drop-Off Productions proudly presents the mind-altering experience of wildly prolific Japanese psych-rock outfit, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. A freak-out group founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul collective, its lineup is ever-mutating. At its core, the act is a psych-rock band informed by noise, avant-garde, prog rock and jazz. Gloriously trippy and heavy on hypnotic repetition, with setlist staples like “Pink Lady Lemonade” and “Cometary Orbital Drive” often extending past the 20-minute mark in concert, the live show experience is nothing short of legendary. With more than 120 albums to its credit (really), the band has gone through many iterations over the past two decades, such as The Cosmic Inferno and The Space Paranoid, however, The Melting Paraiso has become the core group in the band’s long lineage. Acid Mothers Temple has performed in collaboration with many musicians including psychedelic originators Gong and Guru Guru, Simeon (Silver Apples), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), and the Occitanian trad sinder Rosina de Peira, and many others. Last month, the band shared a new single and announced a new album, “Reverse Of Rebirth In Universe, slated to drop at the end of the month via Riot Season Records. The current lineup, led by Guitarist/vocalist (and lone continuous member) Kawabata “Speed Guru” Makoto, keyboardist/guitarist Higashi “Noodle God” Hiroshi (a mainstay since 1998), guitarist Jyonson “Midnight Whistler” Tsu, bassist “Space & Time” Wolf and drummer Satoshima “Another Dimension” Nani.
Joining them on tour is Canadian experimental collective and expansive rock outfit, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. The band describe their sprawling blend of psych, metal, prog, and punk as “Noh-wave,” a name that’s derived from a classical form of musical theater developed in 14th-century Japan. Naturally, the albums are big, dynamic, and dramatic, with blast beats, hyper-driven guitar solos, and taut vocal melodies that land with might. A Yamantaka // Sonic Titan show isn’t so much a concert, but a performance. Everything is meticulously thought out, with room left for improvisation. The band harnesses these moments, and it explodes out from the stage to the audience, leaving them with a show that will stick long after the performance has ended. There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – they’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT (out now via Paper Bag Records), they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been. Like 2011’s YT//ST and 2013’s UZU, there’s a dense concept at Dirt’s core. Briefly, it’s a soundtrack to an unreleased 1987 anime that takes place in the same mythical world as its predecessors: Pureland. Though they’ve been an amorphous beast since they formed in 2010, DIRT follows the group’s most significant evolution in years.
Similar to Sun Ra’s take on Afrofuturism, the band resist being pigeonholed into any one idea, sound or cultural perspective. Instead, they burst their references apart, creating something entirely new. No matter what direction they go in, it can only come from Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
This is a 21+ show at the world famous Surfside 7, Sunday, April 07 – Tickets are $12.00 Advance/$15 Day of show and will be available online at www.surfsideseven.com, the ticketing link above and the bar beginning Friday, November 16.
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