Posted in music | pictures on July 28, 2011

by BBG

The Psychic Paramount @ Cake Shop
The Psychic Paramount

I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) -[Bill Pearis]
I'd have to agree with that sentiment even though my experience was with the show last night (7/27) at Cake Shop with Spectre Folk. Besides their ongoing dates together, Krautrock is the tie that binds the two; The Psychic Paramount's reverb-drenched prog adheres closer to psychedelia while Disappears uses Krautrock groove as a jumping off point for punk-infused songwriting. Both bands were impressive, albeit in very different ways.

If quality was measured in volume, The Psychic Paramount would win hands down. The band's big bang live show is sustained by near infinite looping run through similarly endless reverb; they literally have reverb for their reverb... mics that capture the band's sound and run it through a Fender twin reverb. Though loud is always good, you definitely don't have to be good to be loud. The Psychic Paramount is most definitely good.

If you can, catch Disappears on the road in the coming months with either The Psychic Paramount or OBITS. Tour dates and more pictures are Cake Shop, where they played with Spectre Folk, are below...

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Disappears - 2011 Tour Dates
7.28.11 PHILADELPHIA PA JOHNNY BRENDA'S $
7.29.11 BALTIMORE MD OTTOBAR W/ ARBOURETUM $
7.30.11 PITTSBURGH PA BRILLOBOX
7.31.11 COLUMBUS OH THE BASEMENT
8.6.11 - CHICAGO IL LOLLAPALOOZA
8.6.11 - CHICAGO IL HOUSE OF BLUES W/ ARCTIC MONKEYS
8.18.11 VANCOUVER BC THE BILTMORE CABARET ^
8.19.11 SEATTLE WA THE CROCODILE ^
8.20.11 PORTLAND OR DOUG FIR ^
8.22.11 SAN FRANCISCO CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL ^
8.23.11 VISALIA, CA THE CELLAR DOOR ^
8.24.11 LOS ANGELES CA SATELLITE CLUB ^
8.25.11 SAN DIEGO CA CASBAH ^
9.8.11 - 9.10.11 RALEIGH NC HOPSCOTCH FESTIVAL
$ W/ THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT
^ W/ OBITS

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Comments (13)

awesome show last night. Disappears were cool but Psychic Paramount stole the show. They were fantastic, they got to play some more NYC shows. they are badass.

Unfortunately, Spectre Folk was pretty fucking awful. Just two guys strumming their guitars and "singing?" this jibberish nonsense was meandering and utterly forgettable. This is proof that just about anyone can start a band with next to no talent and get on a decent bill if they want too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:21 PM

TPP stole the show for sure. Don't know who took these photos, but the obnoxious guy who plowed through the crowd midway through the set, and pushed people aside to get up front and center was a serious nuisance. If you're going to take photos, at least don't be obtrusive to fans who are actually there to enjoy the music. Or line up in front before the band actually begins playing. I saw another photographer present who did exactly that. Hopefully, these are his shots I'm digging today.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:43 PM

Hey 3:43. The guy hanging out around the stage all night was me, and these are my shots. Lets not turn this comment section into a photography etiquette round-up, but I agree with you.

Thanks for reading!

Posted by BBG | July 28, 2011 3:48 PM

Dude, you took great shots. Thanks for sharing and doing it right.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:51 PM

Haha. BBG.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:54 PM

i went to the union pool show, really fucking great performance by both bands... and thanks to BV for turning me onto disappears last time they were in town

how was cake shop crowd? it looks like it was less packed than union pool which would make me regret not going

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:54 PM

psychic paramount playing on WFMU August 9th on Brian Turner's show 3-6pm wfmu.org

Posted by RRF | July 28, 2011 4:02 PM

TPP also stole the show at Union Pool. But Disappears was also great. What a double-bill.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 4:46 PM

Agreed on all counts - TPP *totally* killed. I had never seen them before and they knocked me on my ass. Disappears were also incredible, but in an entirely different way. Very prog/kraut rhythms, with a garage rock finish. Ordinarily, they'd have owned the show, but nobody should play after TPP.

As for Spectre Folk, I've seen them many times in many incarnations/lineups. They can be really great, but last night was way off for some reason. The best show I ever saw them do was with Steve Shelley on drums and Mark Ibold on bass - absolutely incredible. Wish Steve had jumped on drums for a couple of tracks, but he was probably saving himself for Disappears. Definitely give them another chance.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 6:11 PM

The guitar play is wearing an Earthless t-shirt. NUFF SAID

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 8:47 PM

I couldn't disagree more with the first comment. You seem like an idiot. You mentioned NOTHING about what you liked about the show. Instead, you mentioned how SF was awful! I would hate to hear your heavy rotation list at home. SF was a breath of fresh air compared to PP and Disappears, sorry Steve.

Posted by Give me a break | July 28, 2011 10:13 PM

That actually is a pretty good story

Posted by dafar | July 29, 2011 7:43 AM

wow, you've been a busy boy this morning dafar. oh, and mohammed ... not a prophet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 7:59 AM

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