photos by Ben Rodig, words by Zach Pollack
Marshmallow Ghosts @ Metro
Thursday night (9/8), Black Moth Super Rainbow played their second show of a September North American tour at Chicago's Metro.
Marshmallow Ghosts, a Halloween-themed three piece band led by Ryan Graveface of BMSR & Graveface Records, kicked things off with a chilled out, drone-heavy set. Ryan, who stood in the back, mainly played keys while singing through what looked like a cheap radio transmitter. The band's short set was a preview of their self-titled full length that's coming out 10/11 on via Graveface with an accompanying DVD of a horror film called "Corpse Reviver No. 2". You can watch the trailer below.
Minneapolis, MN-based solo musician Martin Dosh (aka Dosh) was up next, and he brought his interesting blend of electronic, ambient, and nu-jazz music to Metro's stage. His setup included a scaled down drum kit, a Fender Rhodes, some synths, and a ton of samplers and electronic components. I was imagining he found it all in an attic and was playing it all for the first time. Far from just being a DJ set, Dosh's high level of musicianship shone through as he utilized his equipment to the fullest, creating deep, swirling chords on the Rhodes, and killer breakbeats from the drums. He would switch back and forth between his drum kit, the Rhodes, and various synth modules, occasionaly smacking the keys with a drum stick to create layered percussion. The frequent Andrew Bird and Dark Dark Dark contributor had much of the crowd moving around, grooving to his songs. Dosh will be back towards the end of this month to play the Hideout Block Party which Andrew Bird is also playing.
Headliners Black Moth Super Rainbow took to the stage around 11PM to much excitement from the crowd. By the time their set rolled around, the place was packed to the gills with fans ready to dance. The new-age jam band (how I think of them) feature vocoder, electronics, and dance beats. Pushing the Moog leads of Maux Boyle (also known as The Seven Fields of Aphelion) to the front of the mix, the other members of this enigmatic band are able to create lush soundscapes underneath. Frontman Thomas Fec (also known as Tobacco) played a ton of live guitar which is not necessarily evident in their recordings, and was a welcome addition to their sound.
After a somewhat short, hour-long set, three song encore included, Black Moth Super Rainbow exited the stage for good. More pictures from the show below...
Black Moth Super Rainbow