Moon Block Rock N Roll Circus featuring Fever the Ghost, Morgan Delt, Vinyl Williams, JJUUJJUU and Hott MT
Sat, January 9, 2016
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmThe Teragram Ballroom
$10 - $12
This event is all ages
Moon Block Rock N Roll Circus is a live show in the form of a continuum, combining celestial brethren FEVER THE GHOST, MORGAN DELT, VINYL WILLIAMS, JJUUJJUU & HOTT MT together in a seamless night of hyper-dimensional art & music.
In other words, there will be no sets or switchovers, just one continuous performance that blends each band, it's members, their songs, and instrumentation.
Installation artists: Exodus, Brad Hansen, and more.
Official ID required for those who are 16 +
Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The album's introduction "Metempsychosis" (meaning the supposed transmigration at death of the soul into a new body of the same or a different species), sets the ominous tone for the journey before giving way to the riffing stomp of "Rounder II" showcasing Fever The Ghost's aversion verse-chorus structure and uncanny ability to synthesize glam/psych/kraut rock, groove-based music, and experimental electronic sounds with radio friendly hooks into addicting sci-fi pop.
Lush moments on the album, like "Sun Moth" and "Peace Crimes" soar with entrancing atmospheres, while "Vervain (Dreams of an Old Wooden Cage)" and "Fathoms" strike a dynamic balance between the delicate and raucous. Fever The Ghost steps out even further into new territory on the catchy "1518", meshing their signature elements into dance structures. "Equal Pedestrian" sonically tips its hat to the whimsical electro-pop spirit of Yellow Magic Orchestra.
'Zirconium Meconium' comes on the heels of the Crab In Honey EP, which received much adulation from critics and peers alike. (Wayne Coyne affectionately saying about the EP in Mojo, 'They're great musicians but don't give a fuck about that, they just love a drum machine for the sound.'"
Fever The Ghost's genuinely weird (and weirdly accessible) sound sinks its hooks into you deeper each successive listen. In just the last year, the Los Angeles-based band has toured extensively with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Sean Lennon, and a recently wrapped east coast run with Temples. The band also contributed to last year's Beatles' tribute 'A Little Help From My Friends,' curated by Coyne.
Morgan cites influences from Curt Boettcher to West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and rounds it out with golden age sunset stip heavies like The Byrds and Love. It's all in there—obsessively studied, mastered and then mutated. Side one opens with the one/two punch of 'Make My Grey Brain Green' and 'Barbarian Kings' blasting apart 40 years of pop- psych and stitching it back together in a way that is both familiar but also refreshingly new. 'Beneath the Black and Purple' soars with a chiming guitar grumble right out of '8 Miles High.'' & "Chakra Sharks" squirms it's way out of the speakers like a snake - oiled up with the stink of not only what came before, but what's happening NOW. The drums pound hard & heavy, while the backups "la la- la" all over your noggin like a Frankenstein version of The Flaming Lips & Thee Oh Sees. Each track worms its way into your brain and takes hold.
The finale, 'Main Title Sequence,' is all Stu Phillips- worship, right out of the soundtrack to your favorite 60's cult classic with it's angelic backing vocals and lilting tremolo lead but somehow still buzzes with a modern current. As Morgan so keenly described his notion on the current state of genre bending music "I think we've become unstuck in time and everything is going to happen all at once from now on."
Williams's approach to music is almost purely aesthetic, arranging ecstatically ornate patterns that juxtapose the electric guitar chords with the bass line in rapturously risky variations. Without a doubt, it's not your average psychedelic pop music. It doesn't veil simple campfire chords with spring & fuzz. It's more like stretched-out jazz for the layman, allowing one to be aware of its changes without them passing by you unconsciously.
Williams also creates his own immersive realms in the form of 360º videos, downloadable explorable worlds, and interactive web art. These ineffable environments impress upon transcendental incorporeal states of being around the center star of Orion – Alnilam.
Before meeting Iasos (founder of New Age music) in 2013, Williams already had an out-of-body experience where he visited this syncretic haven. During their conversation, Iasos revealed a similar experience that had occurred where an ineffable intelligence "Vesta" sent endless hours of higher dimensional footage into his mind in an instant. The process hence has been a process of discovering how these visual architectural & sonic atmospheric forms can be concentrated in a pop structure. The main ambition of the group is to transmute qualitative opposites into an equilibrium of light & sound, that ultimately has a beneficial affect for the audience.
Active since 2007, the group have toured extensively with Toro y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mount Kimbie, This Will Destroy You, Temples, among others.
The new album "Into" was released last July on Carpark / Company Records.
For fans of: Woodsman, Belong, Tim Hecker, Pure X, My Bloody Valentine, Can.
Recent support slots include: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, & Toro Y Moi.
HOTT MT made headlines in 2012 when they drove from LA to Oklahoma City to pay homage to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. The trip resulted in a collaboration between Coyne and HOTT MT on the song "Never Hate Again", and the song "2012" featuring Ke$ha and Biz Markie. "Never Hate Again" was released by Origami Vinyl in August 2012 with an accompanying video also featuring Coyne. "2012" was released as the lead track on the Flaming Lips collaboration album Heady Fwendz.
HOTT MT's debut LP "I Made This" was released in May, and they recently completed work w/ The Flaming Lips on a Stone Roses cover album (release TBD). Live highlights include shows supporting Bat For Lashes, Wavves, Frightened Rabbit, Ra Ra Riot, Django Django, Robert DeLong, Hands, and The Flaming Lips, including their Guinness World Record setting event.
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017