Posted in music | tour dates on October 30, 2008

by Black Bubblegum

Flower Traveling Band @ 2nd World Rock Festival 1974
Flower Band

OK. I literally almost fell out of my chair when I saw this one..... the Knitting Factory NYC booked two nights of the legendary Japanese Psych/Doom/Alloftheabove prog rock of Flower Travelling Band! Their first two US dates EVER. 40 years later. Here's what allmusic had to say about Flower Travellin' Band and their classic LP Satori:

Flower Travelling Band was Japan's answer to Led Zeppelin meeting Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath at the Ash Ra Temple. Simply put, they played grand, spacey, tripped-out hard rock with a riffy base that was only two steps removed from the blues, but their manner of interpreting those steps came from an acid trip... From power chords to Eastern-tinged, North African, six-string freakouts, to crashing tom toms, to basses blasting into the red zone, Satori is a... new sonic universe constructed from cast-off elements of the popular culture of the LSD generation. Forget everything you know about hard rock from the 1970s until you've put this one through your headphones. It's monolithic, expansive, flipped to wig city, and full of a beach blanket bong-out muscularity. In other words, this is a "real" classic and worth any price you happen to pay for it.
Thats an endorsement. Grails have covered Flower Travellin' Band's "Satori" on their Interpretations EP, and will join Silver Apples, Arbouretum, Dinowalrus, Nudge, and others to open the first night (Nov 22nd) of the three floor event entitled "Third Annual Halleluwah Festival of Enthused Arts" at Knitting Factory. The next night, Nov 23rd, look for Hard Bop, Apse, Talk Normal, Nancy Garcia (of Monotract), and others to kick things off.

Tickets are on sale: November 22, November 23.

Flower Travellin' Band reunited in January of this year, playing a handful of shows in Japan, including the Fuji Rock Festival. The band dropped the NEW album We Are Here on Sept 17th via Pony Canyon Records. Featuring eight new tracks, you can stream three of them here.

Flower Travellin' Band was recently profiled in Julian Cope's Japrocksampler, where Cope named their classic LP Satori as his favorite "Japrock" record ever.

Union Pool plays host to Grails on November 21st with recently added guests Psychic Ills.

Apse recently played ATP NY and have another NYC show scheduled at Death By Audio on November 21st.

All tour dates, the festival flyer and a bunch of videos below...

Flower Travellin' Band's "Satori Pt 1"

Vintage 8MM Footage of Flower Travellin' Band

Flower Travellin' Band performing "Satori Pt II" Live at Shibuya Crocodile on 7/15/08


Apse - 2008 Tour Dates
Nov 20 - The Space w/ Stars Of The Lid HAMDEN, Connecticut
Nov 21 - Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
Nov 22 - Kung Fu Necktie Philly, Pennsylvania
Nov 23 - the Knitting Factory NYC New York, New York



Comments (23)


Posted by Brussel Sprout | October 30, 2008 1:03 PM

psyched for this!

Hopefully a full schedule will emerge soon. It's very unclear who is playing on what stage, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 1:04 PM

i like that youre excited about something bv

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 1:47 PM

This is unreal. A dream come true!!!!!

Darkness is the only master!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 1:51 PM

hard bop!

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 2:02 PM

I'm ready for this shit.

I'm ready to change my name to Violent Rhubarb, join a commune, grow cosmik beards and rock out with my siblings.

Posted by Nestor, a Shoat | October 30, 2008 2:57 PM

Yo let me get in on that commune?

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 3:34 PM


But you gotta be ready to live off the blessed soil.

And you need a Commune Name.

Posted by Nestor, a Shoat | October 30, 2008 3:42 PM

Talk Normal is great. Start covering them, you dickfaces

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 3:46 PM

3:46 has a good point. I saw them at the Indian Jewelry et al. show at Knit the other month... they were one of the highlights of the night. Savage shit.

Posted by Nestor, a Shiiitt | October 30, 2008 3:55 PM

Don't Touch My Dreadlocks

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 5:29 PM


The only greater thing would be if Les Rallizes Denudes reunited. Then I would probably cry.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008 11:09 PM


Posted by mirc | October 31, 2008 2:19 AM

To dear FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND fan's and ROCK fan's in the world!

FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND Official Site(in English)OPEN!

“We are here” LiveTour A future plan

"We are here”in Toront Canada, December,2008
and other...planning a European tour!
and In 2009,new album!

Posted by FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND is Rockin' Treasure. | October 31, 2008 12:07 PM

where did you get this bit about Toronto? please say it is true... not sure if i can make the trip to nyc in november, but would love to see this show!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2008 1:51 PM


Who's in?

I'm bringing fresh roasted veggies to this.

Who'll wash my bad energy out?

Who'll unspike my punch?

I can farm peanuts, apples... whatever will help us reach that higher strata

My hands are smooth but I'll rough them up for faith

Posted by Nestor, a Poet | October 31, 2008 5:43 PM

"Additional information"

But don't worry. Because they like trips!

chivalrous! A good understanding person.
Flower Travellin' Band in Canada 1971.

…If there is information, please teach it.

I thank for your kindness!

Posted by FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND is Rockin' Treasure. | November 1, 2008 2:24 AM

Martin Bisi is now playing the 2nd night - Sunday

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 7:36 PM

New Year World Rock Festival08 in Toronto Canada

FlowerTravellin'Band “We are here”
in REVIVAL Tront,Canada

15,Dec:(After Reunion ; the first Canada tour!)

GuestMC:RadioDj-Mr.Rallye Green!

Posted by FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND is Rockin' Treasure. | November 8, 2008 6:32 AM

European tour dates, places anyone?

Posted by jo | April 4, 2009 6:55 AM

Thanks a lot.

Posted by Cephe Kaplama | May 2, 2009 6:31 AM

wow! i've been missing out!!!!!!!! i JUST! that's right i JUST!!! i just became a fan like 3 hours ago!!! this is amazing shit!

Posted by john "uprise" kedini | March 1, 2010 8:06 PM

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