CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND
Philadelphia-based guitarist/bandleader Chris Forsyth has released a string of acclaimed records of sprawling, widescreen guitar rock. He and his ensemble, The Solar Motel Band, have quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson.
Despite psychedelic leanings, Forsyth’s music has always trained toward concision — plenty of space, yet never slack— in tunes that erupt with startling swiftness, then spend the rest of their quick-burning lives teasing multiple moods and patterns out of relatively simple materials. Chris’s latest release, Dreaming In The Non-Dream (No Quarter) is the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed double album The Rarity of Experience, which The New York Times said was, “full of tense and dramatic jamming… [evoking] aspects of Miles Davis’s electric period and various kinds of rock-beyond-rock.”
Dreaming In The Non-Dream is a tighter and briefer set, comprised of 4 songs, recorded in the fall of 2016. Forsyth says: “It was made very, very quickly and tracked entirely live with all the musicians in the room and just a few overdubs. I think reflecting on what was in the air while working on this – Brexit and then Trump’s election – I did not really have the patience or the desire to do something painstaking. I wanted to take that intensity that we were all feeling and put it on the record.” NPR Music premiered the 16 minute title track, saying: “It’s concise and lean, almost speeding on an empty tank through a tireless groove that solders dusty Ohio punk to krautrock’s soothing repetitions, dipping from warped boogie into jittery synths, pausing for a brief, mellow reprieve and then gasping towards an arid and exhilarating conclusion.”
Flavor Crystals are a four piece space rock based in Minneapolis, MN. Since releasing their debut album On Plastic (mpls ltd 2005), Flavor Crystals have continued to create engagingly floaty psych rock. Their music evokes ’60s psychedelia, ’70s kraut/prog, ’80s kiwi, and ’90s shoegaze/indie in equal measures, while always retaining their distinct, wobbly vibe. Their second album was recorded with Kramer (Bongwater, Galaxie 500, Low) and released as Ambergris (mpls ltd 2007, Second Shimmy/Cargo 2008).
After being invited by the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Flavor Crystals accompanied them on their 2009 US Tour, playing 18 theatres and clubs across the country. Upon returning, Flavor Crystals holed up to create their definitive musical statement. After two years of continuous recording, capturing spontaneous experiments and sprawling drones, the results were released as the new album, Three, in May 2012. A double LP, The Shiver of the Flavor Crystals, followed in fall 2015.
Freak rock harkening out of the hollow heart of Narnia.
Dr. Beard – Vocals and Theremin
Cody Lamb – Guitar
Mark Miller – Drums
Joseph Pogue – Bass