Black Moth Super Rainbow Monday June 4, 2007 Stanwix Triangle Stage/Three Rivers Arts Festival Pittsburgh, PA
w/ Jack Wilson & Dums, Race The Ghost
Early 70s Gymnastics/Sun Lips/Melt Me/All The Friends You Can Eat/Trees And Colors And Wizards/Spiracle/One Flowery Sabbath/Drippy Eye/Lost, Picking Flowers In The Woods
Encore: Caterpillar House
Free show at the 'poorly'...ahem, newly reformatted Three Rivers Arts Fest. The usual Point State Park is undergoing major re-construction this year so the planners that be decided to cram the whole festival into downtown proper. The stage area is a median of grass coming into the city that is basically a large front yard. Due to the crowd size limitations, the line-up this year was less than stellar. Forget Wilco or Sonic Youth, we get Martin Sexton and Spyro Gyro. There were a few choice acts amongst the line-up and making a hometown splash amid a local media firestorm were my buds in Black Moth.
I arrived to to the site with warm greetings from the band and thanks for my previous write-up. This bunch is super-nice and cordial. Damn if I don't wish them the best. Securing a sweet opening spot for The Flaming Lips should help.
Assisting in maintaining a self-imposed anonymity by the band, I kept my pics to a minimum. Hell, there's not much action onstage anyhoo, as most of them are hunched over their respective keyboards anyway. Their animation screen more than makes up for any onstage kinetics or lack thereof.
Black Moth Super Rainbow autographed Jessie hand-written setlist
Black Moth Super Rainbow autographed Dandelion Gum CD cover
Wanna' read about the feud amongts the band and the locals?
Personally, I am Sweden. I really dig the band and their members and I think Manny is cool as well.
from Scott Mervis' blog
the Black Moth
Black Moth Super Rainbow has had some tense moments here since criticizing the local scene in Rolling Stone last month, but Monday night's show at the Three Rivers Arts Festival was a happy homecoming, a way to re-connect with fans.
Playing amid the shiny buildings in that span between light and dusk, Black Moth got a warm reception from a packed crowd of around 1,000 people.
There's not a lot of action on the stage during a BMSR show. Bassist Power Pill Fist and drummer Iffernaut are the only members who seem to move. The rest have their heads buried in their vintage keyboards. But the band perfectly executed its trippy trademark sound with a jammy rhythm section, dreamy synths and mellotrons and vocoder vocals that evoke a visit from friendly aliens.
As mentioned, there's been some tension with the band and the local media. They refused to grant interviews about "Dandelion Gum" after the PG ran a piece on the Rolling Stone story. They've since reacted negatively to a PG story by Manny Theiner that put a lot of energy into pointing out their influences. They responded Monday night with images of Theiner popping up among their many animations on the screen, but no one can seem to agree upon exactly what those images were.
That will be sorted out. For now, let's just say it was a cool show and the band seemed to enjoy it, as a few of them even left the stage with their hands raised in the air.
The Apples In Stereo Monday February 13, 2007 Diesel Pittsburgh, PA
w/ Casper & The Cookies, Black Moth Super Rainbow
Black Moth Super Rainbow autographed ticket stub
Skyway/The Rainbow/Please/Can You Feel It?/Energy/Strawberryfire/Stream Running Over*/Radiation/Same Old Drag/Do You Understand?/I Can't Believe/Open Eyes/Go/What's The #?/Ruby
*-played at my request
This was one fantastic night. I had a blast christening the new venue Diesel (R.I.P Nick's Fat City). I got there and the Casper Crew just rolled in from getting lost so I was treated to a tour from the owner. Everything I loved from Nick's (the sightlines, the balcony) they kept, adding a killer sound system and very impressive lighting design/backdrop which makes this joint a great live venue.
First up was Black Moth Super Rainbow. I have always wanted to see these local nutty kids but never had the chance. Talking to one of the guys before the show I was a tad worried what might be coming up. They have a standard rhythm section of drums and bass but compliment it with three keyboardists and vocoder. Great, we're getting Ross from Friends tonight. When they started I was very relieved that they were good...really good.
The keyboard/synth aspect of the performance was very evident but somehow it worked. With the visuals they had going, they blew me away.
Some YouTube Goodness:
Very original vibe they got going. I hope they make a splash at SXSW this year and represent the 'burgh well!
Maux Boyle hand-written Black Moth Super Rainbow autographed setlist
Next up was Casper & The Cookies. I was looking forward to hearing them and when they took the stage and started to this over-the-top-glam-kitschy number, I was kinda bummed that they looked and sounded like a novelty act. Soon they began to really rock out and my fears subsided as they stormed through the rest of their set of original power pop.
A lil' bit 'o Cookie Love:
Casper & The Cookies autographed print
My boy Ben treated me to a cheap beer down the street and worrying that The Apples already started, we returned with Robert adjusting his gear on stage. I walked up to him and asked if he'd play 'Stream Running Over' (the very first Apples tune I ever heard) and very cordially he said sure, no problem. Fuckin' A!
This band was ON! They all looked like they were having the time of their lives onstage and totally ripped through a generous set of new and classic material. Robert was ra-ra-RIPPIN' on that geetar of his. I would be totally surprised if this show doesn't make my top ten of the year.
The Apples doin' their thang:
Robert Schneider hand-written setlist
The Apples In Stereo (sans Hilarie Sidney and Chris McDuffie) autographed Tone Soul Evolution, Her Wallpaper Reverie, The Discovery Of A World Inside The Moone, and Let's Go EP CD covers
Bill Doss autographed Olivia Tremor Control's Presents: Singles And Beyond and Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume 1 CD covers
Looking at the CD covers I had, Bill dismissed them saying he only tours with The Apples. When he eventually saw the Olivia ones, he was truly excited that I brought them and he spent the next ten minutes explaining the details in the discs cover art. REAL cool dude.
Robert Schneider autographed print (He said he was going to give the original to his wife!)
Producer Robert Schneider autographed Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea CD insert
I asked Robert if he felt O.K. autographing this and he said, "Sure, I am really proud of this record."
The Apples In Stereo, Casper & The Cookies, and Black Moth Super Rainbow autographed flyer
Super nice guys. Those Elephant 6 boys rock!
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