Sunday, November 4, 2012

Show Announcement - Black Moth Super Rainbow - Mr Smalls - 11.10.12 - Show Preview

Pittsburgh's very own Black Moth Super Rainbow will be releasing a new album, their first in over three years. This is their fifth proper LP, entitled Cobra Juicy, released by the band's own label Rad Cult Label. The record was funded by donations from fans, family and individuals in the amount of over $125k via Kickstarter. This will be their album release show for our fare city. The first time I saw these guys was opening for Apples in Stereo way back in February of 2007. I was clueless to who they were at that time, but did they put on a performance. I picked up their album that evening and have been a fan since.

From their press:

There nearly wasn't a new Black Moth record at all. In hindsight, 2009's Eating Us seemed too soft, too '70s. Tobacco felt he'd lost control of his main project's sound and so focused on "solo" work. But while crafting 2010's depraved beat beast Maniac Meat, he found himself writing more freely, rediscovering the sickly sour to Black Moth's sweet. Then he realized, fuck it, this thing is his baby anyhow. He cleaned house on the live band—now Seven Fields of Aphelion, Iffernaut, Ryan Graveface and Bullsmear—and got to work, alone, on a brand new BMSR album. Then he threw that one away and made Cobra Juicy.

Opener "Windshield Smasher" lays down the difference with a hefty thud. The grinding electric guitar and smacking drumbeat play like de-glammed arena metal before the gooped-up electronics arrive. It’s a more aggressively skewed pop, instantly followed by the drop-top drift of "Like a Sundae," whose melted melodies ride atop a sturdy bed of modern blips and bloops. "Hairspray Heart" is another early highlight, boasting a thickly Rick Rubinesque beat while Tobacco wickedly chants, "I can hypnotize you." Later, "Gangs in the Garden" splices '80s robo-pop with DFA dance for more beautifully upbeat violence.

There are quieter moments too, but Cobra Juicy lets them live in their own time. "Psychic Love Damage" takes its name from the scrapped album and—along with its neighbor "We Burn," combines rattling slide guitar with cascades of crystal synth and bit-damaged MPC drums. The aptly named "Dreamsicle Bomb" is glassy and gorgeous, its reverbed notes and shuffling drums eventually clarifying in a bassy breakdown suggestive of Matthew Dear's productions. "Smash all the mailboxes and headlights," Tobacco whispers in a snakelike sibilance, while "Spraypaint" is surprisingly sweet— a love song Black Moth style.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are only $14 and can be found here

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