WRFL hosts Black Moth Super Rainbow at Red Mile

WRFL hosts Black Moth Super Rainbow at Red Mile

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BY MEGAN NEFF Black Moth Super Rainbow sounds like you would expect a band who crafts their tunes in Pennsylvanian hinterland and goes by the pseudonyms of Tobacco, The Seven Fields of Aphelion, Power Pill Fist and Father Hummingbird to sound: a sundrenched brand of surreal electronic psychedelia that takes root as you listen and grows as easily as weeds in the summertime. The BMSR show on May 19, 2009  at Red Mile follows a recent string of big names in independent music performing in Lexington, a result of street savvy and effective planning on the part of the University of Kentucky radio station, WRFL 88.1 FM. From Crystal Stilts in March to Ariel Pink in April, WRFL has been inciting locals and out-of-towners to frequent Al’s Bar much more often than usual in the past few months. WRFL promotions director, James Friley (vocalist and keyboardist for Bedtime, also appearing Tuesday) said several factors have made the excess of shows possible. One of these is the sizeable budget given to the volunteerbased radio station by the university. Another is his familiarity with the music community and booking process. “My experience booking tours already for my band has helped out, just with the way you talk to people when you’re trying to book something and working on the business side of things,” said Friley. Lexington’s ability to lure in the big ones is nothing new, according to Friley, but in the past they have been limited to experimental and noise groups. Despite their prevalence in the underground of Lexington’s music scene, major players in this genre are decidedly less likely to garner as much attention as acts gracing Pitchfork Media’s Best New Music page with each album drop. The location of Lexington as a playthrough on the way to bigger cities with high-touring traffic is another factor that influences who plays in Lexington. Friley says, “You know, within an hour, there’s Louisville and Cincinnati. And if you keep going, there’s Columbus, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chicago, too. So we’re just kind of in the middle.” A true product of their woodsy stomping grounds, BMSR cemented its indie-rock stardom with Dandelion Gum, their 2007 release on Graveface Records. The concept album turned heads with an unusual combination of bubblegum psych rock and warped pop, prompting comparisons to groups like the Flaming Lips and Boards of Canada. And Tuesday, May 19, Black Moth Super Rainbow will bring their eccentric opus out of the undergrowth to Lexington at the Red Mile Round Barn. The tour supports Eating Us, their latest album set for release on May 26. And from the sound of things, the group is keeping the acid-weird, but removing the focus from the synthesizer And stepping up therecording quality. Vocals siphoned through a vocoder to the point of near incoherence are artfully layered upon vintage keyboards and warbling guitars in Eating Us. Astop in Lexington begins BMSR’s spring Tour, which is set to run until July 24, crossing from coast to coast and ending at South Street Seaport in New York City. Co-headliners School of Seven Bells — tribal dream-pop trio of Ghostly International label fame — will not be making the trip to horse country. That void will be filled by local talents Tiny Fights and Bedtime. Tiny Fights, formed in the fall of 2008 and over 9,000 Myspace hits strong, mixes their own brand of kraut-inspired rock with a modern aesthetic. If you thought lo-fi rock heavy with reverb and MacBooks were genetic dead ends, you should rethink what you know about evolution. Bedtime, a four-piece with members in both Lexington and Ashland, offers a taste of the manic-depressive by way of infectious melodies set to minor keys and distorted guitars. Friley describes their sound as one that mixes rock and pop with “lots of noise.” Though the line-up is a diverse mix across genres, Friley sees more of a connection in sound between Tiny Fights and BMSR. “Tiny Fights and Black Moth Super Rainbow are a little closer together,” said Friley. “They both have that lo-fi, electronic sound that makes you move a little.” The BMSR show on May 19 is only the beginning of a season filled with WRFL-sponsored gigs, from Bonnie Prince Billy in June to Deer Tick in July. “It’s just a really good scene here,” said Friley, “so people believe me.” ■ Doors open at 8:30pm and the show is all ages. Cost is $5. Go to wrfl.fm for more information on this and other upcoming shows. Lex in the Middllack Moth Super Rainbow sounds like you would expect a band who crafts their tunes in Pennsylvanian hinterland and goes by the pseudonyms of Tobacco, The Seven Fields of Aphelion, Power Pill Fist and Father Hummingbird to sound: a sundrenched brand of surreal electronic psychedelia that takes root as you listen and grows as easily as weeds in the summertime. The BMSR show on May 19 at Red Mile follows a recent string of big names in independent music performing in Lexington, a result of street savvy and effective planning on the part of the University of Kentucky radio station, WRFL 88.1 FM. From Crystal Stilts in March to Ariel Pink in April, WRFL has been inciting locals and out-of-towners to frequent Al’s Bar much more often than usual in the past few months. WRFL promotions director, James Friley (vocalist and keyboardist for Bedtime, also appearing Tuesday) said several factors have made the excess of shows possible. One of these is the sizeable budget given to the volunteerbased radio station by the university. Another is his familiarity with the music community and booking process. “My experience booking tours already for my band has helped out, just with the way you talk to people when you’re trying to book something and working on the business side of things,” said Friley. Lexington’s ability to lure in the big ones is nothing new, according to Friley, but in the past they have been limited to experimental and noise groups. Despite their prevalence in the underground of Lexington’s music scene, major players in this genre are decidedly less likely to garner as much attention as acts gracing Pitchfork Media’s Best New Music page with each album drop. The location of Lexington as a playthrough on the way to bigger cities with high-touring traffic is another factor that influences who plays in Lexington. Friley says, “You know, within an hour, there’s Louisville and Cincinnati. And if you keep going, there’s Columbus, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chicago, too. So we’re just kind of in the middle.” Atrue product of their woodsy stomping grounds, BMSR cemented its indie-rock stardom with Dandelion Gum, their 2007 release on Graveface Records. The concept album turned heads with an unusual combination of bubblegum psych rock and warped pop, prompting comparisons to groups like the Flaming Lips and Boards of Canada. And Tuesday, May 19, Black Moth Super Rainbow will bring their eccentric opus out of the undergrowth to Lexington at the Red Mile Round Barn. The tour supports Eating Us, their latest album set for release on May 26. And from the sound of things, the group is keeping the acid-weird, but removing the focus from the synthesizer and stepping up the recording quality. Vocals siphoned through a vocoder to the point of near incoherence are artfully layered upon vintage keyboards and warbling guitars in Eating Us. Astop in Lexington begins BMSR’s spring tour, which is set to run until July 24, crossing from coast to coast and ending at South Street Seaport in New York City. Co-headliners School of Seven Bells — tribal dream-pop trio of Ghostly International label fame — will not be making the trip to horse country. That void will be filled by local talents Tiny Fights and Bedtime. Tiny Fights, formed in the fall of 2008 and over 9,000 Myspace hits strong, mixes their own brand of kraut-inspired rock with a modern aesthetic. If you thought lo-fi rock heavy with reverb and MacBooks were genetic dead ends, you should rethink what you know about evolution. Bedtime, a four-piece with members in both Lexington and Ashland, offers a taste of the manic-depressive by way of infectious melodies set to minor keys and distorted guitars. Friley describes their sound as one that mixes rock and pop with “lots of noise.” Though the line-up is a diverse mix across genres, Friley sees more of a connection in sound between Tiny Fights and BMSR. “Tiny Fights and Black Moth Super Rainbow are a little closer together,” said Friley. “They both have that lo-fi, electronic sound that makes you move a little.” The BMSR show on May 19 is only the beginning of a season filled with WRFL-sponsored gigs, from Bonnie Prince Billy in June to Deer Tick in July. “It’s just a really good scene here,” said Friley, “so people believe me.” ■ Doors open at 8:30pm and the show is all ages. Cost is $5. Go to wrfl.fm for more information on this and other upcoming shows. Lex in the Middle

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