Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Off Broadway w/Dosh, Marshmallow Ghosts } 09.12.11

Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Off Broadway

The Black Moth Super Rainbow show at Off Broadway, with Dosh and Marshmallow Ghosts, turned out to be a night showcasing the music over its creators.

Marshmallow Ghosts @ Off Broadway
Marshmallow Ghosts @ Off Broadway

BMSR-related Marshmallow Ghosts (Ryan Graveface being the link) flipped the calendar one month forward to Halloween with their ghoulish fuzzed-out songs and indiscernible vocals from Graveface, with the trio sporting masks and hidden under vintage suspense/horror movies playing over the video projector. I laughed a little inside when the band broke out the banjo, allowing the evening to meet the Off Broadway quotient. Equal internal laughter occurred as Graveface talked between sets with his microphone still set to echo.

Dosh @ Off Broadway
Dosh @ Off Broadway
Dosh @ Off Broadway

Martin Dosh (aka Dosh) made the trip down from Minneapolis and gave the crowd a set that flowed from electronic twitchiness to straight up drum jam solos. Encircled by the craziest workstation (keyboard, drums, massive electronic motherboard), he dove in and went to work, silent and focused for most of his set. At first, I mistook it for him being cold. Nope, Dosh is just one busy dude on stage (especially amplified with the mirrors set up around him) and eventually by the end of his set he was smiling and inviting people to join him at the City Museum. Crowd highlight of the night: Radiohead’s “Everything in its Right Place.”

Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Off Broadway
Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Off Broadway
Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Off Broadway
Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Off Broadway
Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Off Broadway

With a group lineup that consists of members named Tobacco, The Seven Fields of Aphelion, d.kyler and Graveface, Black Moth Super Rainbow took the stage looking like a surprisingly inconspicuous bunch. Frontman Tobacco was probably the biggest surprise, who with his ringer shirt and baseball cap, could have gone unnoticed down the street watching Monday Night Football at the corner bar. But as the set progressed, it was clear that the group cared more about constructing amazing cosmic soundscapes and less about someone who looked like they did. Over Tobacco’s vocoder voice, the other members helped to create songs melodic enough to get the bodies undulating in the room while still weird enough to be coming from a band named Black Moth Super Rainbow.

Random Notes:

-Coming from a photography angle – not really an ideal show. Not much movement around the stage by any of the bands (who except for Dosh were usually towards the back) and the only light for most of the evening came from the video projector. The most extreme example was BMSR drummer d.kyler sporting a black ninja mask in a corner of the stage with no light. I didn’t even bother trying to get a shot.

-Check out recaps from Diana Benanti (RFT Music) and Kenji Yoshinobu (KDHX) that are a million times more elegant than this.

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