Not much is known about the members of Black Moth Super Rainbow (BMSR) from Pittsburgh apart from the fact the group makes spectacular music. The enigmatic band’s show at Mohawk last night drew hundreds of fans who arrived early to get the best vantage point to watch the show Tuesday. The music, however, was not a mystery to the legion of fans that came out. The Hood Internet opened the concert with some throwback dance-party DJ mashups that included a nod to LCD Soundsystem.
In a way, the DJ set constrasted well with BSMR’s serious, somber approach.While it is not surprising BMSR attracted a nearly sold-out crowd to the Austin venue on a Tuesday evening, it is gratifying to see young fans enthusiastic about thoughtful, intelligent music. Maybe it is the mysterious aura that hangs around an act that refer to themselves by pseudonyms like Tobacco, The Seven Fields of Aphelion, Iffernaut, Pony Diver and Ryan Graveface that attracts fans but we like to think it is the incredibly strange and beautiful music the band makes.
A friend mentioned how odd it was to watch BMSR with a crowd of people as they are used to listening to the group with headphones on while pursuing solo activities like biking and work on their computer. This may give you a hint of how introspective and thought provoking the music is if you have not heard the group before. Visit YouTube to sample some tunes both by BMSR and songs released solo by Tobacco. The featured video, “Hairspray Heart” is from the band’s most recent recording, “Cobra Juicy” released last year. Indeed, the full band with live guitar put a heavier edge on their sound which fit the setting perfectly.
BSMR took about 75 minutes to play through a 14-song set that featured Tobacco’s trademark vocoder-distorted vocals with digital effects, keys, bass, guitar and drums clicking away in suppport. Although the band frequently appears with masks on, none wore one unless you count the balaclava drummer, Iffernaut wore the entire set. Give the musician props for persisting with the hood in the hot, humid Texas night.
While we did not note every song the band played, assume the set list looked a lot like BSMR’s Minneapolis date earlier in the tour (see below). The band opened with “Hairspray Heart” and held the audience at The Mohawk transfixed for the rest of the set. When the band finally stopped playing it was akin to someone abruptly unplugging your iPod before the end of your favorite track. You are both a bit surprised and a little disappointed the music is not continuing to tickle your aural receptors.
Austin punkers, Bike Problems (see slideshow) kicked off the aftershow inside with some extremely loud and entertaining stuff following the BSMR set.
Black Moth Super Rainbow finishes their current tour with four more dates including Houston tonight.
Remaining tour dates:
May 29 Fitzgeralds Houston, TX
May 30 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA
May 31 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
June 1 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
Minneapolis set list:
I Think I’m Evil
I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too
Psychic Love Damage
Motorlicker (Tobacco cover)
Constellation Dirtbike Head (Tobacco cover)
The Wettest Day
The Healing Power of Nothing
Special thanks to Bianca Flores and April Riggs.
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