photos and words by Caroline Harrison
The Psychic Paramount at Cameo, 7/8/2012
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.
The Psychic Paramount