Posted in music | pictures on July 10, 2012

photos and words by Caroline Harrison

The Psychic Paramount at Cameo, 7/8/2012
The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount kicked off a month-long tour last night at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. They were supported by Stabbing Eastward and Guardian Alien.

Guardian Alien took the stage first, playing a 40 minute piece driven by the crescendos and decrescendos of Turner William's shahi baaja, a kind of electric Indian zither. However, singer Alex Drewchin's yogic convulsions distracted from the set's otherwise hypnotic drone.

Stabbing Eastward took full advantage of singer Tunde Adebimpe's voice (of TV on The Radio), layering loops and samples underneath his eerie falsetto. Adebimpe snapped and rapped his knuckles on a stool, uniquely complementing Ryan Sawyer's virtuoso drum performance.

The Psychic Paramount produced a dizzying wall of sound in no time at all, filling space between songs with with knob-twiddling tones. The band thudded along at a relentless pace behind their wall of fog and light. The set was exhausting and, despite the lingering smell of the smoke machines, thoroughly cathartic.

Psychic Paramount will return to Union Pool on August 9th, so anyone who missed last night's show will have a second chance to catch the trio. The band heads to Pitchfork Festival this weekend.

More pictures from Cameo on Sunday are below.

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Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Guardian Alien

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

Stabbing Eastward

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

The Psychic Paramount

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Comments (12)

Stabbing Eastward...are you fing kidding me..

bands are so unoriginal!

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 9:25 AM

WHERE IS D????

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 9:37 AM

thoroughly cathartic? I really felt it was halfway cathartic, really, as can you really go too far? Perhaps it was redundantly cathartic?

yogic convulsions? Was he ok afterwards? Sounds serious. How distracting, I prefer to be catching my drones without distraction.

some songs I guess can have crescendos only, and that'd be like straight up all song. I'm guessing more imply both a crescendo and a decrescendo on occasion. It's probably dynamic of me to think that.

Thanks..I almost felt like I was there, if I was I'm sure I'd have remembered without all the clunky verbosityage.

Posted by Otis Spunkmeyer | July 10, 2012 9:37 AM

The set wasn't exhausting at all and the smoke was a nice touch. I have a feeling this band is very non-interactive, but that also makes it more alluring, so that's good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 9:59 AM

Caroline Harrison is really getting some mileage out of that journalism degree.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 10:01 AM

this review is worse than the music thats being reviewed

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 10:28 AM

Who cares about these dorks? We need a Stabbing WESTWARD reunion, pronto.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 10:36 AM

@10:28 - The review is garbage but Psychic Paramount rules, you idiot!

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 11:46 AM

Eh, I seriously doubt 10:28 has even listened to them. No big deal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 1:03 PM

is that big al's gf???

Posted by woof | July 10, 2012 4:07 PM

the type of music I listen to 24/7.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 2:29 PM

This is greeatd i love it!

Posted by Joe | July 27, 2013 2:39 PM

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